Jennifer and Michael Cerullo and their children like to gather in their living room with the remotes close to them – one for the TV and the other for their gas-fueled fireplace.
The boys, Michael, 10, and Justin, 6, love pushing the buttons. And the parents have gotten used to the high-tech hearth.
“Sometimes I come in the house and put it on,” Jennifer said. “I’ll have it on when I cook dinner.”
Many Long Islanders gather around traditional, wood-burning fireplaces with chimneys that take work to set up and maintain. But for the Cerullos, of St. James, the thrill is in having the warmth and comfort at their fingertips.
“You don’t have to put logs on it, clean up the ashes or worry about a flu,” Michael Cerullo said. “You don’t have to get the chimney cleaned. It provides the heat source that you need.”
Some homeowners are modernizing their fireplaces, converting to natural gas, propane and electric or just installing new mantels for a different look, without old-fashioned…