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Heat Your Home with Wood Pellets – Save 20% off Until October 31st
Wood pellets have become a popular form of heat because they are environmentally friendly, extremely clean burning, and cost- effective. Wood pellets are made of wood by-products (such as sawdust, wood chips, and other wood waste products) of varying qualities. These byproducts are run through a pelletizing machine which produces pellets measuring approximately 1/4” diameter by 3/4” long. Pellets can vary in cost, depending on the quality and ash content. Pellets are packaged in 40-lb. bags for easy handling.
The P38 Plus is a robust, eco-friendly heating option. A compact design accommodates tighter spaces and provides more installation possibilities. Don’t worry—what the P38 lacks in size, it makes up in heating power.
- 38,000 BTUs — heats 800 to 2,200 square feet, based on climate and home efficiency
- 50 lb. hopper capacity
- Keep your room temperature exactly where you want it. Exhaust sensing technology constantly monitors and adjusts heat levels within 1 degree
When considering a fire pit, there are many options for size, style, portability, and fuel type. Think about what it is that you want out of your fire pit, and then start narrowing down your options.
Gas firepits. Gas fire pits are quickly becoming one of the most common options for outdoor fire pits. They are more environmentally friendly since they don’t release smoke into the atmosphere as is the case with traditional wood burning fire pits. Not only is this beneficial to overall air quality, but it also makes the outdoor experience much more enjoyable. Gone are the unpleasant experiences of having smoke directly in your face when the wind suddenly shifts over your outside fireplace. Gas fire pits are also extremely easy to operate. Simply turn on the gas, light, and start enjoying your personal outdoor heater.
Wood burning fire pits. The smell and nostalgia of a traditional wood burning fire pit or fire bowl cannot be beat. For the eco-conscious, as long as you’re using your fire pit with moderation, your carbon footprint will still be intact. Many new styles are designed to incorporate firewood storage, which will prove to be very convenient. With a wood burning fire pit, the restrictions of gas lines or outlets are not even a factor.
Portable fire pits. Ease and multi-function is what it’s all about if opting for a portable fire pit. While you may think that this limits you to a wood burning fire pit, think again. Many portable varieties come complete with propane fuel tanks discreetly installed in the body of the product. Now, not only can you move the heat as the outdoor party progresses, but you also don’t need to worry about lugging a steady supply of wood with it as well as the emissions that come from burning lumber. Many designs can also double as outdoor coffee tables too.
It all seems so simple. Pick a contractor. Select a color and style of E. P. Henry paving stone, and continue enjoying your summer while the works begins on your patio. However, to make sure there are no surprises and that you will love your new outdoor space forever, follow these tips to designing a well-thought-out paving stone patio.
1.) Do your research. Find the best hardscaping manufacturer with the best warranty and reputation in your region. For the Northeast, that is E. P. Henry. EP Henry provides a Lifetime Warranty on the structural integrity of our paving stones and wall systems for residential use. At no cost to you, EP Henry will replace paving stones and wall system products whose structural integrity is found to be defective under normal use, only if properly installed according to EP Henry standards and guidelines.* Terms and conditions apply.
2.) Purchase through a reputable, long-standing company that you can depend on – for their service and their knowledge. Angersteins, family-owned and operated since 1924, is the most experienced and respected hardscaping supplier in the area.
3.) Visualize your outdoor space and collect pictures. Not everyone is good at visulaization, so here are several things you can do to …………
a) Write your ideas on paper. It does not have to be pretty, but making it two-dimensional helps you see the big picture.
b) Cut out pictures from magazines.
c) Print pictures for websites specializing in patio design such as www.ephenry.com, www.houzz.com
d) Visit displays at the store from which you are purchasing your materials. Many have the colors, styles and features – walls, stairs, firepits, kitchens, water fountains and more – so you can see it before you buy it.EP Henry _ Wilmington, DE
e) Ask your contractor if he or she has a previous customer that will allow you to look at their completed project. If the homeowner is there, it will be the perfect time to ask about the contractor’s work and professionalism.
f) Check out what your neighbors have done in their back yards. Call them and ask if they don’t mind if you stop by for ideas. Please don’t sneak around and peak through the trees without their permission.
g) Contractor’s brag books can show numerous layouts and creative ideas
h) If you don’t have the time or inclination to go it on your own, hire a designer. They can visualize!
4.) Select the “floor” pattern for your patio. To select a pattern, again, work with your style. Refer to the patterns available such as herringbone, modified herringbone, 45 degree herringbone, I-pattern, random, soldiered, running bond and more. The EP Henry catalog has all of these styles pictured. You can find even more on their website. Consider scale when selecting your pattern too. For most patios, from 10ft by 12ft up to 20ft by 30ft, you can successfully use any brick-sized, 6×6, 6×9, or similarly sized paver. For really large patios, the homeown needs to consider using paving stones with larger stones in the mix, such as Coventry and Devonstone.
5.) Pick an aesthetic or style. This can be another tough thing to do. When we cut out all those pictures we love, they might not work for our style home. Make sure to pick an element from your home and repeat in the patio. Most of us do this with color. If the home is red brick, often we use Autumn Blend pavers because there is a beautiful red in the paver, as well as browns and beiges. Or for cream stucco homes, many homeowners select Dakota Blend, a neutral blend of khakis and brown. But what about the style of the pavers. Today there is a bountiful selection. Here a few from EP Henry and some direction towards home style:
- French Country – use a paver that looks as old and beautifully worn as the streets of Paris, like Coventry II. Distressed on the edges as well as the surface, this gives the appearance of age and gracious living.
- Modern – many modern homes are of sleek and simple design, which lends itself well to a more vibrant pattern for the patio. For a modern, retro vibe, consider using Symmetry pavers that have a parquet-like pattern.
- Cape Cod – for the traditional American home, try the traditional paver, Coventry I, with a little distressing on the edges.
- Ecclectic – the sky is the limit, try mixing different paver styles. However, staying with the same color-family will keep your patio style harmonious.
- Arts & Crafts – this type of home would look wonderful with the large, Devonstone pavers, which mimic the look of slate and bluestone, but they are less maintanence and more affordable.
6.) Measure your space. This way you will begin to prioritize your needs versus your wants. Using graph paper is great, if you have the time and the patience. Also, a trick of the trade is to purchase a can of orange spray paint, and actually mark (on the grass) the shape and size of your patio.
7.) Select the features you need.
Here’s a list to work from:
- a.) Consider privacy when locating the patio
- b.) How does the traffic flow to the other areas outdoor – pathways, steps, entrances to your home, to the shed with your gardening tools, where the kids play so you can keep an eye on them, etc.
- c.) How many people do you need to accommodate
- d.) Place to dine
- e.) Place to sit or lounge
- f.) Will you be entertaining
- g.) Will you be cooking outside
- h.) Do you need shade
- i.) Do you want all spaces on one level or more
- j.) Lighting – traditional, low-voltage landscape or LED
- k.) Walls
- l.) Planter Boxes
7.) Features You Want:
Here’s a list to work from:
- a.) Patio furniture that’s fun, functional cool. Instead of all stationary chairs, add swivel and/or gliding chairs at the head of the table, or for all of them
- -A fun round sofa or loveseat that encourages coversation and coziness
- -Sectionals are really popular right now, and seat more people then a traditional sofa
- -Check out the Orbit Lounger, a round chaise with two head rests that raise and meet in the middle
- – Ottomans that act as storage
- -Several small ottomans – instead of one large one – look really cool, and are more flexible
- -Look for an outdoor console table to hold plates, napkins, utensils, etc.
- -Add a bar – the one at Angerstein’s is made of recycled milk jugs (good for environment), comes in a rainbow of colors (fun) and is as sturdy as an ox (practical)
- -A cabana with sun shade, Skyline has some of the most creative ones we’ve seen! Available through Angersteins, www.skylinedesign.com.
- -A beverage cooler allows you to have drinks handy for your guests, no more back-and-forth trips to the refrigerator inside
- b.) Fireplace
- c.) Firepit, gas or wood
- d.) Water feature
- e.) Outdoor kitchen with refrigerators, ice makers, kegerators, sinks, bar caddies, blenders, doors, cabinets and more
- f.) Pizza oven
- g.) Pergolas & Arbors – We have a great selection in store!
The sky is the limit when it comes to Outdoor Living. So the one rule you should always abide by is do what you love. Enjoy being outside!
Patio is complete!
Outdoor fireplaces and firepits bring the warmth and ambiance of your living room to your backyard for fall.
It can be surrounded with brick, stucco, stone, or concrete to complement the architectural style of your home and can use wood, natural gas, or propane for fuel.
Another way to extend the season is with a gazebo. Gazebos create a beautiful focal point in your backyard and provide an inviting place to relax with your coffee on a crisp autumn morning or host a tailgate party with your closest friends. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials, including wood, vinyl, and metal. Though gazebos are traditionally open-sided structures, newer models allow for removable vinyl or plexiglass windows that extend their use in cooler weather by offering protection from chilly winds. Window options range from simple roll-down vinyl panels that are fastened to the gazebo’s wall posts with Velcro to track-style vinyl or plexiglass window panels in an aluminum frame that mount to the wall sections of the gazebo.
As the days get shorter, proper lighting will keep you and your guests out of the dark on lovely fall evenings. Place path lights along walkways, driveways, and other small areas of your backyard to provide an illuminated route to your patio or deck. Add both beauty and function by lighting up the perimeter of you deck with lantern-style solar LED post lights. If you have a covered patio or gazebo, try hanging a wrought-iron chandelier or string lights for sparkle and ambiance.
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Since 1924, we have been helping customers with home improvements with great products & excellent service. Search our website for the best lighting & home decor. Located just off route 100 in Elsmere, Delaware. www.angersteins.com
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Hot Trends in Backyard Landscaping
JUNE 7, 2012 BY KRISTEN URSOMARSO
Now is the best time of year to be outside enjoying our outdoor living areas. While “new” landscape design products are exciting to reveal, there are a few backyard products we all know and love that are blossoming this year.
One of the best examples is the outdoor firepit. What family wouldn’t love to gather around a warm, inviting fire? Today there is a bouquet of longer-lasting firepits from traditional to contemporary and everything in between.
Classic Wood-Burning Firepits
Homeowners who prefer the beauty of a true wood-burning firepit now can choose rounded, square, rectangular, ground-hugging or bar height. Some are works of art, crafted from clay and stone, in a variety of colors that will make selecting a landscaping focal point easy. Many have large ledges that act as a table. Paving stone manufacturers, such as EP Henry, have caught onto this trend and now offer easy-to-build firepit packages with the right number of bricks along with the pan, screen and poker.
Clean-Burning Gas Firepits
The newest generation of gas firepits is incredibly convenient. Best of all, you avoid the hassle of finding dry wood, starter gel and a match to fire up your evening and the nuisance of smoke wafting in your direction. My favorite is a sleek, rectangle style, modeled after those cool linear direct-vent fireplaces for indoor use. It’s got a dark, charcoal grey base and stainless steel rectangular top. The fire line is cool, straight and narrow and has clear glass beads under the dancing flames. In a more traditionally designed space, try a square or oval gas firepit with a round or square fire line. Choose a softer base, with either stucco or stacked stone. If you want to add some pow to your firepit, change the color of the beads. The most popular, next to clear, is amber, but there are 18 colors to choose from.
Water is also finding new form this season. Waterfalls are more beautiful than ever with added color for night-time entertainment! Using LED lights and an ingenious remote control, you can pre-set your waterfall to illuminate colors throughout the evening – even red, white and blue for the Fourth of July. If you want turquoise to match your patio cushions, turn the dial on the remote and you’ll get a rainbow of blues. It’s really fun.
Low-Voltage Lighting Now Lasts Longer
Low-voltage landscape lighting is also sprouting new varieties. Manufacturers, such as Cast Landscape Lighting, are adding handsome LED lamps to their product lines faster than a slug can eat your favorite flower. Take advantage of the lighter load on your transformer and reduced maintenance. How does changing bulbs every five years sound, as compared to every year? If you are not ready to make that big of a change, try buying landscape lights with adjustable hubs. They lower the sockets so you can actually get your fingers in to change the bulb. Ah, spring blooms eternal.
Light up the night and add warmth to your outdoor space with the beautiful Rivers Edge Square Fire Pit Table. This warm and glowing firepit will become the place to gather with family and friends over the summer and into the fall.
- Outdoor-rated stucco base
- Durable tile top
- Access door conceals standard 20 lb. propane tank
- Burn time of 8 hours with 20 lb. propane tank
The Crystal Fire Burner has an easy spark ignition and is constructed of stainless steel. The burner runs for 8 hours using a 20 lb. propane tank or can be hooked up to a natural gas line. Adjust the flame height to your desired setting and enjoy the magic and ambience of a warm glowing fire. With just the push of a button, a beautiful clean-burning fire appears for you and your family to enjoy.
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New Age Fireplaces – CUSTOMIZE THE LOOK THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU:
A Fireplace by Your Design.
They are compatible with any brand of retaining wall or paver material.
Suitable for gas or wood the oven is easy to assemble
The fire pit can be seemlessly integrated into any existing or theorized outdoor living space, with anything from natural thin veneer stone, full veneer stone, or fabricated stone to brick, stucco or any other concrete adherent.