Meeco Creo Shot

We are having some really cold weather down here in San Antonio. And many people are putting logs in the fireplace and heating up their house that way. Meeco makes a whole line of products for the fireplace and wood stove. The first product developed was back in 1937 and was used to break down creosote and soot. The same product is what we use today called Creo Shot. It’s a simple thing to do, just toss the stick (it looks like a big cigar) in a good fire and let it burn. How easy is that? If you have a little chipped mortar between the bricks use the Meeco Furnace Cement and Fireplace Mortar in a caulking tube. It withstands heat up to 2000, and is grey in color. If you have cracks in the floor of the fireplace repair them with the Fireplace Mortar in a ½ pint container. Clean the floor of the fireplace, and then fill the crack with the mortar. Let dry and wait 24 hours before starting a new fire. If you have glass doors on a gas fireplace and they are dirty, use the Woodstove Glass Cleaner. It can be used on woodstoves and fireplace inserts. It will remove built up soot and smoke that your regular glass cleaner just can’t do. If you have a gas log fireplace and the logs don’t look as good as they used to, clean them up with Masonry and Gas Log Cleaner. You can clean logs while they are hot (not while the is fire going) just spray the logs and let dry. If the logs are cool, then spray with the Gas Log Cleaner and use a fiber brush to clean. If your wood stove looks dull, you can polish it up with Meeco Black Stove Polish. Just clean the outside of the stove, and then apply the stove polish and buff to a shine. You can also use it on the fire place tools to polish them up too. If you have an outside fireplace and your family likes to gather round, get the Color Glo Flames by Meeco. Throw these little pine cones in a fire and add blue and green color to the flames. If you have any questions about your fireplace, give a call to the San Antonio store at 210-341-1573 and email at

Now to the email….

Question: Johnnie I bought a house with laminate cabinets. I haven’t seen cabinets like that in a long time and I know that I will remodel the kitchen and when I do….these are going out. HA! Do you have any ideas on what to do with these cabinets to make them look better?

Answer: In a word…paint. Just use a really good primer like Styx by Coronado. Ben Moore bought Coronado and so anyone with Ben Moore paint can get it for you. So clean the cabinets first with a little paint thinner on a rag, and then apply the Styx. I recommend 2 coats. Then you can paint with a latex paint in any color that you want. Replacing the knobs will go a long way in updating the look of the cabinets. When you replace those cabinets, relocate them to the garage. You will have the best looking garage !

Question: Johnnie, even though there was a container under our fresh Christmas tree, water leaked out on the pine wood floor and left a black stain. I want to know if White Ring Remover will remove the water stain on the floor.

Answer: If we had caught that water before it turned black, you could have used the White Ring Remover. Now however, it’s going to take a little more effort- but it’s completely do- able. You are going to have to remove the varnish – use the Soy Gel. It’s so easy and you won’t have to do all the sanding. Then you will have to bleach out the black stain with a oxalic acid. It’s a powder that you mix up and let sit. After the black stain is gone, you will need to re stain and put on a new varnish finish. Just take your time, don’t get in a hurry and it will be ok. Call Trudy at the San Antonio store and she can walk you through it. She has done this before!