Cold hands, warm hearth: Getting cozy at home

HOME FRONT

January 21, 2001|By Karol V. Menzie | Karol V. Menzie,Sun Staff

It's a lovely sensation, coming out of the snow into a fire-brightened warm room, or into the kitchen where a pot of hearty soup is simmering on the stove. Want to experience the warmth? Here are some ways to turn up the heat at your house.

Put on the soup with Calphalon's new Commercial Stainless line of cookware, which features a satin-finish stainless steel interior and a hard-anodized aluminum exterior. The bonded metal construction makes for a highly heat-conductive exterior surface. The satin finish means the interiors of the pans look good even after years of wear, and flared rims allow for easier pouring. Triple-riveted handles stay cool enough to touch during cooking. There are 11 pieces in the line; prices range from $65 for an 8-inch omelet pan to $569 for a 10-piece set. Stock pots, in 8-, 12-, and 16-quart sizes, range from $121 to $185. For more information, call 800-809-7267 or visit www.calphalon.com .

Light the fire. Even if you don't have a chimney or a place to put a chimney, you can still have a good-looking fireplace with the Lennox Superior Vent-Free Fireplace. Fiber-ceramic technology makes the logs look especially realistic in this clean-burning (natural gas or propane) unit, which produces up to 25,000 Btu's of heat per hour with propane or natural gas. The "logs" rest on a glowing "bed of embers." The fireplace can be equipped with custom cabinetry and offers remote-control operation. It comes fully assembled and ready to install. The fire units come in several styles and cost $985 to $1,185, not including options and installation. For information, call 800-731-8101, or visit www. lennoxhearthproducts. com .

Warm your heart with a stroll through your family's memory lane. This is a good time to sort through things you've collected and decide which ones are worth saving and which ones are simply accumulated junk.

When you've chosen the items of most value to you, store them in a tight sealing container, such as Skylight clear storage boxes or Rough-totes and Roughneck opaque containers from Rubbermaid. Put paper, clippings, certificates and other fragile fiber items in plastic sleeves, and protect from light and heat. Photos and videos need to be stored where there's low humidity, no light and a constant temperature between 50 to 70 degrees. Get kids involved in storing favorite but no-longer-played-with toys. For stores and more information, call 330-264-6464, or visit www. rubbermaid.com .

Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Karol V. Menzie, Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278, or fax to 410-783-2519. Information must be received at least four weeks in advance to be considered.

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