One of the most important things that you can do when starting a fire is to make sure that it is going to be a safe fire. Always inspect around the fireplace to make sure that there are the necessary fireplace accessories, so that you can manage the fire. The most important of these accessories is the mesh screen that you can pull together once you get the fire going. The mesh screen helps keep all of the little pieces of debris from flying all over the room. That will happen if there is a bit of moisture in the logs that you put in the fireplace. This would not be an issue if you had a gas stove.
The gas stove would be in place with a lid that you can close, so that none of the heat gets out. There have been a couple of houses that my parents have had with a gas stove. The great thing about the stove is that it allows for the heat to be directed to different rooms. That is not something that I have in my house now, but I think that it would be cool to have on in a cabin in the future. The other thing to keep in mind is that the best part of having a fireplace is that you can roast marshmellows in it. My parents and I roasted marshmellows in my fireplace several times growing up. It was a great thing for us to do as a family when we were not able to go up to the mountains or we were stuck at home. Continue reading “Fireplace inserts are for safety” »