Be right there! Gotta grab the fireplace It's hard to duplicate that cozy feeling from a glowing family-room fireplace. Or at least, it...

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Be right there!

Gotta grab the fireplace

It’s hard to duplicate that cozy feeling from a glowing family-room fireplace. Or at least, it used to be.

But now you can take that glow to the patio or deck with the new Weber Flame outdoor gas fireplace.

The portable fireplace includes lava rock and eight movable fiber-ceramic logs to give you a natural-looking flame that eliminates dangerous flying embers. The unit features a heavy-duty base, two all-weather wheels for easy movement and a push-button igniter.

In addition, three removable weather shields keep it protected from the elements when not in use.

LP tank and natural gas models are available.

$650. Available where Weber products are sold; for stores, visit or call 800-446-1071.

What the modern Paul Bunyan is using

Whether you like a roaring fireplace or a wood-burning stove, splitting logs is backbreaking work — but the new electric-powered log splitter called SwiftSplit by Mantis makes it a snap.

Plug it in to run an electric motor that exerts five tons of hydraulic force to make quick work of logs up to 12 inches in diameter and up to 20 inches long.

The splitter features 10-inch-diameter pneumatic tires and a cart-like design, so it rolls wherever you want to split wood — to the garage, patio or woodpile.

$529. For a free DVD, call 800-366-6268 or go to

A kitty comb that works on Spots, too

Certainly by now your sweet little furry friend has started to grow a thicker coat and shed his summer fur all over the floor.

To control this natural process, Bamboo offers dog and cat de-shedding combs with a metal blade to easily remove loose, dead hair from the topcoat and undercoat.

The grip is padded for comfort, and the combs conveniently sized for large or tight grooming areas, as well as for multiple pets.

$13.99. Available at select pet stores; or 877-224-7387.

Compiled from the (Newport News, Va.) Daily Press and Seattle Times staff