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Tim Carter demonstrates how to use hidden French cleats to attach gorgeous fireplace mantels to a wall. A clever way to attach the fireplace mantel to the wall without using screws or nails.

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Fireplace mantels have been around for thousands of years. Wooden fireplace mantels are perhaps the most popular, but try to look at antique fireplace mantels if you can. A stone fireplace mantel will work if it matches the room's decor and feeling. Newer cast-stone fireplace mantels are very distinctive.

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Outdoor fireplaces are popular simply because man has always liked gathering around a warm, inviting campfire. But a modern outdoor fireplace can rival fancy ones inside homes. Outdoor gas fireplaces are very nice as you get instant heat and beauty. Check your local codes when making your outdoor fireplace plans.

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Many of the following locations lend themselves to a person who is building a new home and using a direct vent gas fireplace. Some will work well if you are constructing a large room addition. If you are lucky, you just might have the opportunity to include many of these in an existing house.

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The direct vent gas fireplace delivers more heat more efficiently and is fairly simple to install. Just watch out for any places where a combustible item could get into the direct vent gas fireplaces' piping.

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Gas fireplaces are nothing more than a visual gas furnace of sorts. Ten years ago, I would never have thought that technology would infiltrate fireplaces to the extent that it has. Seriously, you either burn logs or some type of gas. I should have seen it coming with the huge advancements in gas furnaces.

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Are you considering a gas fireplace, but aren't sold yet on the benefits? The following survey compares natural gas and firewood burning for a number of cities in the United States and clearly shows the benefits of gas fireplaces.

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A fireplace adds a lot to a home, but it can be tricky to install correctly. So, whether you're installing vented logs or logs in ventless gas fireplaces, you should always read the instructions beforehand. Install the logs before you connect the gas to them and be sure your burner or burner pan isn't too far forward or deep in your gas fireplace. Turn on the gas last and enjoy the heat!

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