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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...

4 Benefits of Glass Fireplace Doors

Many homeowners are updating their fireplace with aesthetically pleasing glass doors. While a mesh screen or an open fireplace may make you feel closer to the action, they are neither safe nor efficient. They increase fuel consumption and increase the risk of fire or smoke damage. A blazing fireplace is like a brick oven with Read more...

Determine the Cause of Chimney Discoloration

Other than disturbing your home’s curb appeal, chimney discoloration may seem harmless, but it’s a clear sign of a chimney problem. For homeowners, chimney staining is one of the few ways to pinpoint a chimney issue before an expert discovers it during a chimney inspection. The following information could help you figure out what may Read more...

Why You Should Have Your Chimney Relined

Chimneys tend to be one of the most overlooked aspects of home maintenance. There are a number of components inside a chimney system that can have issues, making it too important to be ignored. The liner of a chimney is a necessary for a safe and efficient fireplace. Fire safety experts stress that a fireplace or wood stove should not be used until a damaged chimney Read more...