Putting the "log" back in Blog

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Scrap Heating

Posted on December 7th, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop. No Comments

It always used to break my heart when I had to throw away my scraps. Now they are fuel for heating the living room.

Trial by Fire

Posted on November 8th, by Andy Brownell in Installation, Projects. No Comments

Although my fireplace upgrade project has been completed for a couple of months, I wasn’t able to give it a try until recently. With  Halloween eve dropping down to the 30’s, I couldn’t wait any longer. The new Lennox insert and rebuilt flue pipe worked perfectly. Ironically, the first log I burned was a walnut log, the same materials as the mantle piece as well. I’m looking forward to many warm nights by the fire with the family for years to come.

Walnut Fireplace Installation

Posted on September 7th, by Andy Brownell in Installation, Projects. 1 Comment

My wife and I recently decided to replace our c. 1983 style, home developer special, P.O.S. fireplace/mantle/hearth. I worked with a designer here in Cincinnati, Space Expressions, Inc. to come up with a design that complimented the overall style of our home’s interior design and furnitue.

Design Details

We had a new wood-burning fireplace insert put in by contractors.

The 16” square walnut panels are made from 1/16” bookmatched veneer on 1.25” thick MDF. The grain direction alternates vertical/horizontal to mimic logs and flames of a fireplace. They are mounted with plenty of industrial adhesive to keep them in place.

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