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Give a Sophisticated Look to Your Home with Indoor Modern Fireplaces

Give a Sophisticated Look to Your Home with Indoor Modern Fireplaces

Indoor modern fireplaces are a great way to keep a home warm and add an aesthetic and classy touch to the decor of the house. Most modern fireplaces are made of brick, metal or stone. Their design is in the form of an enclosure that contains the fire within the fireplace. The fireplace is attached to a flue and a chimney that allows the smoke to escape out of the house, rather than spread inside the house. The heat efficiency of these fireplaces can vary depending upon the design.

A Brief History and Usage

In the earlier times, the fireplaces were used for warming, cooking and even for laundry purposes. Today, modern fireplaces are mostly used for heating the surroundings and augmenting the existing interior architecture of the building. These fireplaces are built on a foundation and most of these have a hearth and a mantelpiece, where one can place decorative objects or pictures etc.

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    Protecting Indoor Modern Fireplace from Weather Elements

    The exterior design of indoor fireplaces essentially includes projecting brickwork or brick crown that prevents the rainwater from flowing down the external walls and thus damaging the fireplace. The chimneys are provided with a cap or a hood that keeps the rainwater from entering the fireplace. Most of the modern day masonry chimneys soak most of the rainwater even during a torrent and keeps the fireplace dry thereby preventing any extensive damage to the structure and its performance.

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      Types of Indoor modern fireplaces

      There are many different types of indoor modern fireplaces that can be placed inside a house. The most commonly used modern fireplaces are:

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      • Masonry Fireplace – These fireplaces are made of stones or bricks and are strong robust structures. The most common fuels for these types of fireplaces are wood, propane based fuels and natural gas.
      • Sheet Metal Fireplace – These are manufactured fireplaces and are most made of aluminium or cast iron and can withstand high degrees of heat. These fireplaces can also be fuelled with wood, gas or charcoal.
      • Electric Fireplaces – These fireplaces offer an excellent replacement for wood or gas burning fireplaces. The best part is that these fireplaces don’t produce any smoke or exhaust removing the need for chimney or flue.  To give it a feel of a wood burning fireplace, the fireplace can have wooden log inserts placed inside them.
      • Vent less Fireplaces – These are also known as room-venting fireplaces and are duct free. These fireplaces usually use gel, natural gas or liquid propane as a fuel for burning.

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        Accessorizing the Modern Fireplaces

        There are many accessories available for indoor modern fireplaces that often vary from place to place and from culture to culture as well. The indoor fireplaces can often be adorned with iron grates, retrofitting with log inserts, placement of fireguards, pellet boxes, and by using andirons. Many of these accessories are used to accelerate fuel burning by gathering the fuel properly. In some cases, fire backs made from heavy metal are used for proper radiation of heat and it also protects the backside of the indoor fireplace. Fire grates are used to retain and gather fuel for the fireplace and helps in efficient burning. These grates are made of iron bars and are made in the form of a frame. Use of fenders as an accessory for fireplaces are quite common these days. It serves a useful purpose of collecting soot and ash. There is also a wide variety of fire tending tools available in the market like fire pokers, tongs for removing embers, shovels for removing soot and ash, and brushes for sifting wood from ash.

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        Last Updated on December 9, 2019

        5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

        5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

        Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

        Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

        Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

        1. Get Rationally Optimistic

        Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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        This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

        In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

        The result: no more mental stress.

        2. Unplug

        Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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        How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

        It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

        Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

        3. Easy on the Caffeine

        Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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        Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

        4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

        That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

        How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

        • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
        • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
        • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

        While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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        5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

        This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

        The result: mental stress will be gone!

        So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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