Staying Cool with Low Cost Cooling

I hate this kind of weather. A friend of mine believes it’s because I was born in the fall. Apparently, people tend to favor the time of year they were born in. I honestlyjust think she’s nuts, because what is there to like about the summer?It’s hot and it’s humid. There’s also this giant yellow ball of fire in the sky that is intent on burning my pasty skin. Everything smells like sunscreen and sweat, and the whole world feels like it’s fit to melt.Then there are the AC costs. Becau...
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Awnings to the Rescue!

Memorial Day Washout Another Memorial Day weekend, and another family BBQ! Or is it? The weather this year is hardly inspiring anyone to get out their grills – at least not without a wet-suit. If anything, it looks like this Memorial Day is going to be a washout.Which is kind of annoying! Because normally, this is the weekend that kind of marks the beginning of summer. It’s when we can usually expect the weather to be reasonable for outdoor activities. Yet here we are with darkened skies, b...
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Battlefield Chicken – A Grilled Chicken Classic for Spring!

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The Grilled Outdoors It would seem that the warmer weather is finally here, and with it, grilling season. We always look forward to this time of year in our house. There’s just something so lovely about spending all that time outside. Nothing else gives you the same sense that all is right with the world than hanging outside with friends. And what is hanging out on the deck with friends without grilling up some food and having a few drinks?It’s a world I don’t want to live in, that’s what! ...
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Insect Screens Not Bitten Screams!

So it Begins…Has anyone else had any mosquito bites yet? Because I have! Admittedly, they absolutely adore me. No really, I am like your human mosquito detector. If they are there, I will know about it. And to make matters worse, I’m allergic to their bites.So it goes without saying that I’ve heard pretty much every theory on why they...ahem…”love” me so much. Apparently my blood is too sweet, or my skin is too thin, and I clearly don’t eat enough garlic. But I don’t eat sugar, I can’...
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Wood Stoves vs Pellet Stoves II

Team Pellet Stove Edition In last month’s blog about wood stoves versus pellet stoves, I took a look at all the ways in which I think wood stoves rock. My opinion hasn’t changed on that. I’m still a fan of my wood stove – especially with that colder weather moving in. There’s just something about the warmth and ambiance from a wood stove that I don't get from pellet stoves. I would even go so far as to say that for me, the holidays don’t feel like the holidays without it.But while I could g...
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Battlefield Hearth Wins Best of Gettysburg Award!!!

We have a lot to be proud of at Battlefield Hearth & Solar, but it’s always nice to have that acknowledged by third parties. So imagine how happy we were to receive word that we’d been selected as winners of the 2017 Best Fireplace and Stove Shop of Gettysburg Award!Unlike other business awards, the Best of Gettysburg Award Program doesn’t rely on nominations, voting, surveys, or contests. Instead, the program uses empirical data supplied by independent third parties to make this selecti...
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Wood Stoves vs Pellet Stoves I

Wood Stoves Vs Pellet Stoves As the author of this blog, I often get asked my opinion about which kind of stove I prefer: wood stoves, or pellet stoves. When asked, my usual response is that the preferred stove is whichever works for your lifestyle and family - there is no correct answer here. It can be hard to weigh the pros and cons of each type of stove, and each type of stove has its die-hard fans. For example, my inlaws in NH absolutely adore their pellet stoves. I’m not even joking here, ...
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Chimney Maintenance – A Necessary Task

When you think of winterizing your home, you probably have a checklist of products to be bought and chores to be carried out. But how many of you remember things like window insulation kits and weather stripping but forget to check your chimneys?Chimneys are so mundane and ubiquitous, they’re literally up and out of the way, and so it is easy to forget they’re even there. But there are several very good reasons why you should not neglect this task, and why this is the perfect time to do it. ...
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Labor Day Green Egg (Grills) and Ham

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It’s that time of year again! Labor Day is fast approaching, and with it, an opportunity to grill in less scorching temps. So what better time to invite friends and family over to crack open a few beers and feast on some amazing food on a Green Egg Grill?But I have to admit to being something of heretic here in the modern American grilling scene: I do not like food cooked on propane grills. I mean sure, it tastes okay, I guess. But it’s certainly nothing special, and I like specialThis ...
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Better Outdoor Living: Nature, But Not TOO Close!

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The Problems of Outdoor Living When I was a kid, I really didn’t care about things like bug bites, or staying in the shade. I just wanted to be outside and having adventures. As I’ve gotten older though, I find myself less enthusiastic about getting eaten alive by bugs, or sunburn. It’s not that I don’t want to be outside per se, it’s just that I don’t want the outside to get...I dunno, too personal with me.See, I like being outside in summer (even if it can get miserably hot). I like the f...
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