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Pro Tips for Lighting Your Fireplace

Lighting a fire is as primitive as cavemen, and yet it is often difficult for those with no experience. Enjoying your fireplace is pretty tough when you can’t even get a fire going without filling your home with smoke or getting stressed out from the frustration of trying to ignite logs. One of the most Read more...

Is Something Wrong with your Fireplace?

You may be raring to sit by a cozy fire in your fireplace, but don’t do anything rash. If the fireplace and chimney haven’t been checked by a chimney professional since last winter, your home could become part of a terrible statistic. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an average of 51,050 home fires involving heating equipment occurred annually in the U.S. between 2012 and 2016, Read more...

Why is the Siding on My Chimney Melting?

Have you noticed that the vinyl siding on your chimney is warped or starting to buckle? This indicates that the siding has melted. Melted siding is not a common problem but it can happen. We see this most often in the summer time. In most cases, chimney issues are not the culprit, the sun is. Read more...

Wood Heat vs. Pellet Stoves

Radiant heat on a cold day provided by a pellet stove or wood stove is one of the pleasures of wintertime. If you are weighing the differences between these two stove types, you can’t go wrong, whatever your decision. However, there are distinct qualities about each. It’s best to familiarize yourself with the differences before Read more...

Make Your Fireplace More Energy Efficient

Do ever wonder why there is still a chill in the air even though you have a roaring fire? That’s because a masonry wood-burning fireplace works more like an incinerator than a heater. As the chimney draws the cold air into the fireplace, soot, smoke and other contaminants are vented through the chimney along with Read more...

How to Prep Your Fireplace for the Cold Season

As the start of a new season of cold weather arrives, the first thought for using your fireplace should be: Safety. No matter how anxious you may be to enjoy the charming ambiance or get energy-saving benefits started (if you have a fireplace insert), it is essential to do some fireplace prep. The following are Read more...

Why Fireplace & Stove Maintenance Are Essential

Let’s start off with this fact: The majority of all chimney fires – and a large number of house fires, in general – could be prevented if the homeowners arranged for regular fireplace and stove maintenance. Wood-burning heating units, more so than gas, need to be inspected and professionally cleaned on an annual basis. Chimney Read more...

How to Fix a Smoking Fireplace

A common complaint homeowners have about their fireplace is that the smoke doesn’t go up the chimney the way it’s supposed to. Instead, the smoke goes into the home. Chimney professionals are the ones who know how to fix a smoking fireplace, though there are various causes of the problem. It can take some troubleshooting Read more...

Creosote and the Types of Damage it Can Cause

Chimney creosote is a tar-like substance that causes damage to your chimney venting system and increases potential hazards associated with burning firewood in your fireplace. Some creosote is deposited inside your chimney lining each time you burn a wood fire. It is highly flammable and increases the risk of dangerous chimney fires and out-of-control home Read more...

Have a Fireplace? Reduce the Risk of Accidental Fire

It’s not something that homeowners want to think about when they’re kicking back and enjoying the warmth of a blazing fire. But accidental fires in the chimney can and do happen. Nationwide, fire departments respond to more than 50,000 house fires each year involving fireplaces, stoves and other heating appliances resulting in injuries, deaths and Read more...