Installation Considerations When Building a See-Through Fireplace

FireRock-See-Through-FireplaceWe get a lot of questions about installing our See-Through pre-engineered fireplace kit. While the installation fundamentals are the same, the See-Through has a slightly trickier installation than the rest of our fireplaces. There are multiple special installation steps that must be considered for the proper installation of a See-Through fireplace, including:


Living Room Focal Points - What Are They and How Do I Create One?

What is a Living Room Focal Point?

The living room (or den) is most often the central hub of your home. Between fun nights with friends, holiday gatherings with families, or just unwinding at night, your living room gets a lot of use. But a great living room is more than just a few sofas and chairs. It needs a focal point, which is a decoration or feature that helps define the space and provides a central location to design the rest of the room around. Without the right focal point, the room can feel drab and unorganized.


Which Outdoor Fireplace is Right for Me?

Warm weather and long weekends means that it’s the perfect time for all you weekend warriors to get outside and work on the backyard of your dreams. With a little help from a friend (or two), and a pre-engineered masonry fireplace kit from FireRock, building an awesome outdoor fireplace is just a weekend away!


Help! My Patio is an Eyesore...

Sure, at its most basic, a patio is a concrete slab or paved area adjoining your house, but that doesn’t mean it has to be ugly or Plain Jane. In fact, the days of having a plain concrete patio with some outdoor furniture are firmly in the rearview window.

The best patios are an extension of the home, turning the outdoors into a comfortable living space. With a little planning, it’s easy to take your patio from drab to a fun gathering space. Here are a few tips:

Give Your Patio a Focal Point

Focal Point

Good interior design says that every room should have a focal point, and your patio is no different. Luckily, there are a ton of options. While firepits are a perennial favorite, outdoor fireplaces and kitchens are a popular, and impressive choice. Even a beautiful table can give your space a strong focal point and draw everyone together. Just make sure that the piece you choose doesn't overwhelm the space.

Add Planters


Your patio is outside, so make sure to incorporate some nature! Planters are an easy choice, and they come in many varieties. You can even design your very own with built in benches if you'd like. Planters also serve as a natural boundary between the rest of your yard and the private, cozy space on your patio. Even simple plants can help clearly define your patio space and give it a more homey feel.

Don't Skimp on Chairs


If you truly want to enjoy your outdoor patio, you simply can't settle for cheap patio furniture. Budget now to buy comfortable chairs, benches or even a hammock. Investing in a few good pieces of outdoor furniture is the best way to make sure you actually want to spend time hanging out on the patio. Too often we see people buy uncomfortable chairs and then realize that they don't even like their own patio space.

Go Bold

Go Bold

If you love the idea of bold design choices, but you've been too scared to test them out inside your house, incorporating them into your patio is a great choice! Paint your patio furniture to bring a bright pop of color or install pavers in a complex pattern to give your patio a unique, but elegant look. The sky is literally the limit here, so your creative juices flowing and have some fun with it.

Add Art


Most of the time, people think of art as paintings that they hang on their walls. But there’s plenty of art that you can incorporate into your outdoor space. Look for things like statues, fountain, or even wind chimes to bring a little whimsy or elegance to your patio.

Consider an Outdoor Rug

Outdoor Rug

Just like living room can be brought together with the perfect area rug, so can your patio. A great outdoor rug can turn a shapeless space into a more structured seating area. It can also add a little texture and interest if you just have a flat concrete pad to work with. Remember to go bold!

Taking your patio from blah to amazing is as simple as choosing a few key pieces to help define and add interest to your space. With our easy tips above, you're well on your way to creating an outdoor space everyone in the family is sure to love.

Facts on Firewood

There are two main ingredients to having a great fire in your home – the fireplace itself and the materials that go in it. We talk all the time about the first half of that equation, a superior pre-engineered masonry fireplace. But almost equally important is the firewood you put in it, as it can greatly impact the fire you get as a result.

Here are a few frequently asked questions about storing and purchasing firewood from our friends at Cutting Edge Firewood – a high-end firewood delivery service servicing the greater Atlanta area:

Cutting Edge Firewood Services in Atlanta: Building Better Fires

1. Where is the best place to store firewood?

Convenience, aesthetics and longevity are the three factors to consider when storing wood. You will get the best value out of your firewood by having it easily accessible and beautifully displayed. This can be in a variety of locations both indoors and out. Just be sure to keep the wood from direct contact with any water source (or rain!).

2. Can I store firewood in a basement?

The basement is a great option for firewood storage. However, you must be careful about storing fireplace that carries pests which can be damaging to a home. The wood products from the Cutting Edge are kiln dried and guaranteed pest free, so you can easily store it in your basement, or any room in your home.

3. Can you store firewood in a garage?

The garage is one of the most popular places to store firewood as it is a dry and convenient space. The same warning as given in the above answer with regard to pests applies here as well, so be sure you have dried, pest-free wood before storing within your home.

4. How should firewood be stored outside?

It is important to store firewood off of the ground and covered. This helps to deter the wood from collecting moisture, which can attract insects and rotting, as well as keep it dry. The most preferable method of storing firewood is on a firewood rack.

5. How much firewood should I buy?

A standard order is a half-faced cord, which is 4 ft. x 4 ft. of firewood. The average customer gets about 2 orders of firewood a season, although this can go as high as 10-15 depending on how much you plan to use your fireplace.

6. What is an Uncut Round?

Uncut Rounds are 24” unsplit logs that are used for firewood. Each log usually burns between 2-5 hours, making it more convenient for the user to have a long lasting fire. It is recommended that you get a fire started with cut logs and then place an Uncut Round on the fire after you already have a hot fire burning. Note: these are meant to be used in medium to large fireplaces and fire pits.

If you are in the Atlanta are and are interested in a superior firewood delivery service, be sure to check out Cutting Edge Firewood.