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Design Inspiration

In Gas, Electric and Wood Fireplaces on September 21, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Recent Brooklyn Installation of Westgate DV48 Gas Fireplace

Have you seen our Houzz page yet? Take a look or visit the showroom for some design inspiration.

Once the installation is completed, fireplaces can be finished to fit any room’s theme. Here are a few things to remember when choosing materials:

– Love the way a television looks above a fireplace? Some advertisements don’t include it, but we always recommend installing a shelf or mantel in between to deflect the rising heat.

– Noncombustible material should be installed around the fireplace per local code and the manufacturer’s installation manual (if installing a factory built fireplace).

– Some materials to consider are: stone, tile, or man-made materials like Cultured Stone. Mantels, cabinets or other wood details should be installed per the combustible clearances outlined in the manufacturer’s manual or local coding.

More questions? Check out FAQ page. Still can’t find an answer? Give us a call at (718) 326-4328.

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The Hidden Dangers of a Vent Free Gas Fireplace

In Gas, Electric and Wood Fireplaces on March 31, 2012 at 6:47 pm

One of the questions we hear often is, “I can’t vent, can you show us your vent less fireplaces?”

Sure we can. We show our client electric and bioethanol options. These units appeal to many of our clients because of  their versatility and little maintenance. Then there are clients who know what they are looking for – ventless gas fireplaces. We can NOT show you these for two reasons:

1- Our showroom is located in Queens, NY, one of the five boroughs of New York City. It is illegal to install these within the five boroughs, so naturally we do not have them on display.

2- They are not healthy, nor do we recommend them. Here are a few reasons why:

  • they are UGLY! Every vent free gas fireplace has these unsightly louvers surrounding the viewing area.
  • because they are not vented, they circulate and burn the air inside of your home which can include: dust, animal hair, and other particles. This can result in an unpleasant odor and dust mites.
  • byproducts will enter your home: CO2, CO, NOX, aldahides, water vapor.
  • they can produce hundreds of gallons of water, leading to water vapor.
  • bad for breathing: children and adults.
Take a look at the video below for more information:

Dangers of a Vent Free Fireplace

Outdoor Kitchens: Revisited

In Outdoor Kitchens on March 24, 2012 at 6:24 pm

In the past week we’ve had several clients interested in our outdoor kitchen products. Some were looking to replace an old grill, others were adding on to an existing kitchen. Whether you’re looking for additional products to complete your outdoor area or starting from scratch, we can achieve your vision.

The first step is to visit the showroom. We have two bar islands set up, where you can actually touch and feel the quality of our products. One of our sales reps will walk you through each item and answer any questions you might have.

We can come to your home, take measurements and plan how the outdoor equipment will fit within your vision (and budget!). From our visit, we’ll create an AutoCAD drawing (see below for examples). This will give you a solid idea of the final product.

Here are some tips to keep in mind when designing your outdoor kitchen:

– Don’t crowd your area with appliances and equipment. You will need counter space to prepare food and drinks!

– Think about the distance to the nearest sink or garbage disposal. Will you be needing these items? Or are they unnecessary?

– Will you be running electric/gas/water lines?

– Think quality. Most outdoor kitchens will be exposed to the elements, even with heavy-duty covers. You don’t want to have to  replace your grill a year or two after installing it. Same goes for outdoor furniture, opt for wrought iron to avoid rusting.

– Love the idea of a brick oven? You don’t have to construct it, saving time and money. We have several prefab ovens in different sizes for sale.

We sell outdoor products by: FireMagic, American Outdoor Grill, Viking, Napoleon, Vermont Castings and Others…

Stop by during the week or on a Saturday

to get your backyard ready for the summer!

Napoleon Dream for Sale! & New Video Page

In Gas, Electric and Wood Fireplaces on March 15, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Our Napoleon Dream BGD90 is for sale!

It is fully optioned including wrought iron decorative square frame with arched rail inset,  country crane and hearth pot, thermostatic remote and night lighting. See image below:


Fully Featured Napoleon Dream

RETAIL: $9,300.00

SALE PRICE: $5,400.00

We’ve also added a video page to our website, here you can see a number of Napoleon and Town & Country units burning at the HBP Expo. Here’s a few below:

For a complete listing of videos, visit our website.

New Product: Westgate Direct Vent Gas Fireplaces

In Gas, Electric and Wood Fireplaces on February 29, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Westgate in Our Showroom

Westgate Luxury Fireplaces are a new line of products by the Sherwood Industries Ltd. There are two sizes: DV48 and DV62. Both use standard piping, allowing for a wider variety of installation options.

They are both clean face units and come with a wide variety of options:

– 3 Burner Styles : Log – Glass – Stone

– 8 Firebox Liners : Black Porcelain – Red, Brown & October Brick – Sand & Red Herringbone – Sandstone & Ledgestone

– 9 Door Options

– Smart Thermostat Remote allows you to thermostatically modulate the flames, turn off the back burner and operate the interior lighting

– Can be used with automatic ignition or pilot

– Optional Power Vent/Propane Conversion

Westgate with a Traditional Setup

Transitional Westgate

 

Summer 2012: Outdoor Kitchens

In Outdoor Kitchens on February 23, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Many visitors to our showroom love the outdoor kitchen display, but are intimidated by the price tag. We only carry top-of-the-line, high-quality products, they are worth the splurge for several reasons:

1- Consider how often you and your family enjoy your backyard. Are you someone who enjoys the privacy of your own property rather than going on vacation? An outdoor kitchen would make dining outdoors extra special and convenient.

2- Forget about replacing your grills yearly. With FireMagic’s lifetime warranty, if your burners burn through or your grates begin to corrode FireMagic replaces these parts free of charge. This makes buying a pricey grill worth the investment.

3- Outdoor kitchens increase the value of your home. It will make your home stand out on the market and appeal to buyers who are searching for similar amenities.

An outdoor setup doesn’t have to cost you $40,000. A durable grill and a small counter top is a perfect addition to any backyard. In the future you  may decide to add islands, refrigerators, searing stations, etc.

Here are a few photos to inspire:

Come stop by our showroom, where you can touch these products and see the quality workmanship for yourself!

Fireplace Installation

In Gas, Electric and Wood Fireplaces on February 17, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Every fireplace installation is different, but  the most basic installation is done on an exterior, blank wall. There are several steps involved including framing, sheetrocking, building a platform, and of course venting, assembling and installing the unit. Some clients choose to have their contractor complete the framing and finishing work, but it is important to have a certified installer install your fireplace.

The above photos show an unfinished installation. Once the wall is framed out you can finish it with stone or tile, install a mantel and a stone surround, or install a mantel cabinet. The options are endless, it’s all about how you’d like your fireplace to look.

Above are a few ways we’ve put the finishing touch on fireplace installations. We used cultured stone to give it a more rustic feel in Queens and the Hamptons.

Stop by the showroom today to speak with one of our sales representatives. You can see for yourself the quality of the various stone and tile samples we have on display.

More on Wood Burning Stoves & Fireplaces

In Gas, Electric and Wood Fireplaces on January 21, 2012 at 6:26 pm

If you’re thinking of installing a wood burning fireplace or already have one in your home, here are some helpful pointers on what wood will give you the most heat:

Most people know that if properly dried, hardwoods provide more heat because they are denser.

Hardwoods that contain the highest energy content include Osage orange, hickory, locust, oak, ash, and hard maples. The rule of thumb is the slower growing the tree, the denser the wood.

Less dense woods that have a lower energy content, and therefore a lower heat emission, include basswood, cottonwood, cedar, pine, silver maple, elm and sycamore.

By Lynn Youngblood

  • Use dry wood
  • Light the fire on top of the wood – not under, because:
  • when the wood is lit from above, the heat radiates to warm the wood underneath. These pieces of wood will begin to emit gases which will rise, meet the flames and ignite
  • if you light from below, the heat radiation will cause the wood over the flames to release gases which will rise. Without flames at the top of the wood, the gases will be released unburnt out of the combustion chamber to the chimney, where they will form particles
  • the particle emissions from the chimney will be halved
  • you gain maximum heating efficiency from your wood and thus lower your heating costs

Source: http://greenbuildingelements.com (http://s.tt/15gbe)

Mantels: Give an Old Fireplace a New Look

In Gas, Electric and Wood Fireplaces on January 15, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Whether you have a masonry fireplace or a factory built unit, mantels are a great way to spruce up an existing fireplace.

Mantels can be made out of wood or stone. Wood can be painted or stained to match existing furniture or cabinetry. Many customers visit the showroom with several pictures of mantels seen in magazines or online. We can replicate these styles! Every mantel is custom made for your individual application, generally taking 3-4 weeks to manufacture.

Below are a few photos of the options on display in our showroom.

Cherry Oak Stain

 

White Poplar Painted Mantel

 

Cast Stone Mantel & Over Mantel

 

Fireplace Xtrodinair 864

 

Recent Installation of cherry oak mantel

 

Some of Our Recent Installations

In Gas, Electric and Wood Fireplaces on December 23, 2011 at 3:28 pm

The last month and a half has been crazy here, everyone wants a fireplace for the holidays!

Here are a few of our most recent jobs:

Cultured Stone finished wall around the Heatilator Novux nXt in our showroom.

RealFyre Glass Burner & Glass Bed gives a traditional masonry fireplace a contemporary feel.

RH Peterson's newest log set, Mountain Birch, stands out against the dark firebox.

Realfyre's Charred Rugged Split Oak is one of their most popular gas log sets.

Please note: Our showroom will be closed from December 24- 26 and January 2nd. We will be open 7 days a week starting January 8th.

Wishing you Happy Holidays from all of us at NYC Fireplaces & Outdoor Kitchens!