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Clean-Burning, Long Lasting Firewood

Temperatures are dropping here in Richmond, Virginia. Winter is just around the corner! This is a great time to light up your wood-burning fireplace or stove. Zone heating your home with a wood-burning appliance can cut down on your energy costs and reduce your carbon footprint. Choosing the right firewood will help you build long-lasting, Read more...

5 Reasons Why Glass Fireplace Doors are Better than Screens

Relaxing by a warm fire is one of the joys of the holiday season. It’s a centuries-old tradition that never seems to go out of style. But having an open fireplace can be dangerous. Hot embers from the crackling flames can fly out of the fireplace creating a fire hazard igniting nearby furniture, flooring, and Read more...

Do Chimney Cleaning Logs Really Work?

Regular chimney cleaning is one of those chores that comes with ensuring the safe and efficient operation of wood-burning fireplaces and heating stoves. Chimney cleaning logs have been growing in popularity. While many homeowners use them, some mistakenly believe it is a substitute for manual chimney cleaning. Chimney cleaning logs, also known as creosote sweeping Read more...

3 Different Types of Chimneys and What Affects the Draft

All chimney types do the same job of channeling combustion gases from solid-fuel fires to the out-of-doors, though several factors determine how efficiently a chimney works. The type of appliance you have primarily determines which type of chimney is required for your home. Although there are many more design options when it comes to chimneys, Read more...

What Types of Creosote Are in My Chimney?

By official classification, there are three types of creosote. If you run a wood-burning heating appliance, you should be familiar with all three types, how they are formed, how they can be removed and the dangers they can present. Any time wood burns, creosote is produced. It’s a flammable byproduct of smoke that remains in Read more...

How to Top a Chimney in Style

The top of the chimney is not only the highest point of your home, but it’s also where smoke and gases are expelled from the flue. It’s also an accessible entrance for moisture, small critters and debris to find their way inside the chimney. That’s why experts recommend that homeowners install a chimney cap. The Read more...

Protect Your Home Against Summer Storms

When it rains, it pours, as the old saying goes – and that’s great for the garden and the lawn, but not for your chimney. In fact, next to a chimney fire, water is a chimney’s worst enemy. When the summer storm season arrives, here’s how to protect your chimney. “New” damage may be old Read more...

Hiring a Chimney Sweep for an Inspection

One of the most overlooked components of a home is one of the most significant: the chimney. Many homeowners mistakenly believe that since they only use the fireplace a few times per year that the chimney doesn’t need an annual inspection. This is simply not true. The primary function of a chimney is to expel Read more...

New Stove, Insert, Fireplace Deals in Summer

When the weather is warm the deals are hot on new stoves, inserts, and fireplaces, including stylish new linear fireplaces. The tendency is for homeowners to put off preparation for winter until summer’s end, when things start picking up for the hearth industry. Spring and summer are the ideal times to get the best deals Read more...

Expert Tips for Maintaining the Beauty & Elegance of Your Natural Stone Fireplace

Few materials look as lovely when surrounding a fireplace as natural stone like granite, fieldstone, limestone and marble. There’s just something rustic and hardy about this material, yet the sense of elegance is unmistakable. The only problem with stone is that it tends to become sooty and gritty over time. Here are some expert tips to keep your natural stone fireplace looking great inside and out. Read more...