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FIREase IncinerGrate review

on Saturday, July 12th, 2014
Posted in: Outdoor Gear, Reviews

We are fortunate to have access to a summer cabin on a lake and near the woods.  Every summer family members descend upon the “camp” and enjoy swimming, sailing, fishing and most importantly for the kids, roasting marshmallows over an open fire.  Because of this, the adults have become somewhat proficient in starting a campfire,Read More…


Build your fire in a back-to-the-future fire pit

on Monday, June 30th, 2014

I’ve had a life-long love of mid-century architecture and design.  We finally are living in a mid-century building, but it’s a condo building, so I’m not free to decorate the outside of my home.  In case you are lucky enough to have a fabulous atomic-age home with your own outdoor area, here’s the perfect fireRead More…


Why use candles when you could have a fireplace?

on Monday, December 30th, 2013
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

Normally you expect to see candles on the dining table, but you could have the Carl Mertens Guido Wahrmann Paraffin Tabletop Fireplace instead.  Two 18/10 stainless steel tubes serve as the “logs”.  They have cotton wicks and burn liquid paraffin.  They’re mounted on a piece of slate that’s inset into a walnut base.  It measuresRead More…


Have a fireplace anywhere you want one

on Monday, December 16th, 2013
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

Winter weather is finally here in Greensboro, and I find myself missing the fireplace I had at my old house.  With the La Strada Freestanding Floor Fireplace from Nu-Flame, you can have an indoor fireplace anywhere.  It’s 23.6″ tall X 31.5″ wide X 11.8″ thick and weighs about 49 pounds.  It has tempered glass sides andRead More…