Health Dangers Of A Fireplace

We love the beauty, crackling, warmth and coziness of a fire in the living room. But even we can’t ignore the fact that there are some dangers to having a fireplace. So let’s take a look at what these dangers are and how you can avoid them.

The biggest danger of a fire is the exposure to smoke.

Excessive exposure to smoke can lead to an asthma attack and bronchitis. If that’s not enough, it can also aggravate heart and lung disease. So make sure you don’t let smoke escape by keeping the damper open at all times and following the tips below. As a guide, you should never be able to smell smoke. If you do, then something is wrong.

The other danger of a fireplace is burning yourself. If you do get burned and it is a severe burn, then you should seek medical advice as soon as possible. If it is not severe at all, then you can use a natural home remedy for burns, such as coconut oil, which you can read all about here:

As a guide, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency, even short term exposure to smoke can be detrimental to health. Make sure young and older people are not exposed, as they are more prone to the negative side effects of a fire.


Here’s some tips to make sure you limit exposure to smoke coming from the fireplace:

  • Always open the damper as soon as the fireplace fire is build and keep it open until the fire is completely out. These will prevent dangerous gasses such as carbon monoxide to escape into your living room.
  • Don’t use charcoal, as it can lead to excessive carbon monoxide escaping into the room.
  • Don’t let pets or young children get too close to an active fire. Dogs like the heat, but you’ll have to prevent them from coming too close, as this can burn them.
  • Each season, you should have you flue and chimney inspected and cleaned.

With these tips, you should be ok. But it’s important to be vigilant. Also, make sure you enjoy your fireplace. It is dangerous if you don’t maintain the fireplace, and if you don’t build the fire in the right way. But apart from that, it can bring heat into a home, and make your winters so much better.

Top Tips On How To Light A Fireplace Fire

Making a fire isn’t something we’re taught at school unfortunately. So I know a lot of people that just don’t have a clue where to start when making a fireplace fire. When they do give it a try, they either do a terrible job and the fire is not long lived. Or worse, they end up smoking the entire room out. So here’s my top tips to build a great fireplace fire (and a video to show you how to build the best fire possible).

Step 1

Use seasoned wood, since this has lost much of it’s moisture. The way to know its seasoned wood is that it will appear darker and will be lighter (due to the loss of moisture). Seasoned wood will also smoke much less than young, wetter wood.

Step 2

Open the damper, as having the damper closed is the primary reason smoke comes out of the fireplace for many people.

Step 3

Open a window. Last thing you want to do in the winter, but a fireplace actually needs a lot of air to burn up, so this will fuel the fire and make it warmer much faster.

Step 4

Turn off the furnace, since it’s unnecessary and will compete with the fireplace fire.

Step 5

Burn an upside down fire, which works much better. So wood will be at the bottom, and newspapers will be at the top.

The good news is that you don’t have to just read my tip tips, just watch the video, and learn by seeing someone else do it first. Hope this helps!

Following these steps will have you building a fireplace fire like a pro in no time! Enjoy the winter, which will be cozy, warm and fun (now that you know all about building a fire). Let me know in the comments what your tip has been.

Why Get A Fireplace?

With modern heating, you might wonder why exactly you need to invest in a nice fireplace. Let’s face it, they are more expensive, more work and they get messy. Why not just stick to normal electric heating? Well, despite all the disadvantages, a beautiful fireplace can make or break a house. In fact, I’ll go a step further, it can turn a house into a home. There is nothing nicer than turning on a fire in the winter and snuggling up with a book in front of it. You certainly can’t do that with your electric heating.

Me personally, I love working in front of a fireplace. In my spare time I like writing blogs, and being in front of a relaxing fireplace helps me to concentrate. In fact, it’s in front of my fire that I come up with my best ideas. Here’s a blog I created on Lumonol nootropic reviews and finding ways to get smarter. I build this blog while sitting in my living room listening to the crackling of my fireplace! It’s incredible how a relaxed mind can help you achieve so much more.

To give you a little preview of what your life could be like with a proper fire, here’s a video of a fireplace. Watch the flames, listen to the crackling sounds and picture the real thing in your own living room. It certainly would make your house warmer and cozier.

Don’t tell me that sound isn’t relaxing. I think it’s time for you to consider buying a fireplace, doing some more reading and starting to enjoy being in your own home!

Should You Consider A Cast Stone Fireplace Mantel?

Creating a warm and inviting atmosphere is an essential part of adding value to your home’s investment, and a fireplace mantel from All American is the centerpiece of any home. Your home is not just a residence but a reflection of your style and tastes. As people visit your home you want their first impressions to be exceptional? However, updating and remodeling can be expensive. A stylish fireplace surround or fireplace hearth is both a cost effective and stylish way to add elegant comfort and value to your home.

cast-stone-fireplace-mantelThe process is simple and the outcome is extraordinary. Simply select a design of your choice. You will immediately visualize how a cast stone fireplace mantel can be custom fit to your existing fireplace. The molds or fireplace surrounds are finely shaped by trained craftsmen with intricate detail. Each of our fireplace designs is completely unique and can be constructed according to your specifications adding thousands of dollars of value to the investment in your home!

Our fireplace mantels are completely assembled offsite virtually eliminating any dust, dirt or chaos. In fact we guarantee in most cases that the entire process only takes ½ a day! You’ll also realize these great benefits of ownership:

  • Dramatically enhance the look of any room
  • Custom cast stone fireplace designs to fit any décor
  • Multiple color schemes and design options
  • No mess or remodeling
  • Completely fabricated off site
  • Installs in only a few hours
  • Inexpensively priced
  • Adds equity to your home
  • Lifetime guarantee

A new fireplace insert from All American will not only add a graceful touch of sophistication to your home but will also increase the value added. Estimates indicate you can expect to recoup up to 90% of your initial investment.

The fireplace is the focal point of your family, living or entertainment room. Why live another minute with an outdated and unattractive fireplace when an economical and straightforward solution is just a phone call away?

Everything About Fireplace Designs

countrystonehomeThe fireplace is the focal point of your family, living or entertainment room. Why live another minute with an outdated and unattractive fireplace when an economical and straightforward solution is just a phone call away?

We get asked a lot of questions every single day. But most questions revolve around the same topics. So here’s some of the most frequently asked questions and topics.

Cost for a fireplace mantel

On average, a fireplace mantel costs between $2,000 and $3,500. This cost includes the procurement of quality materials and labor. However, larger more complicated jobs might be more expensive. Cheaper “do it yourself” mantels will cost less but in reality you must be an expert craftsman to put it together correctly. One slip up in measurements or with the bonding procedure and you’ll have a wasted mantel. It is best to leave it up to the professionals.

Fireplace mantel style

Choosing the right mantel is important. You should look for the style that best compliments your existing room. Our design experts can help make recommendations.

Concrete or stone?

The beauty of concrete is that it can be stained and etched to look EXACTLY like higher priced granite or marble. No one will be able to tell the difference.


Since our designs are prepared offsite it only takes a few hours to install over your existing fireplace. This does not include the removal of existing fireplace mantels, or fireplace surrounds.


Our design experts can help you choose which type of etching you would like in your new mantel. Choose from heavy etching with deep lines to light etching with hardly any distortion. All designs are custom made.

What colors?

We have many different stains that you can choose from. You can also choose a high gloss or low gloss stain. We recommend consulting our design expert who can recommend a color to counterbalance the design of your existing room.