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4 Ways to Improve Chimney and Home Energy Efficiency

A chimney not in use can significantly reduce home energy efficiency. Homeowners interested in cutting energy costs do well to give attention to their chimneys. If a traditional fireplace is not sealed off properly, it can be the reason a significant amount of warmed air from the home escapes through the chimney in winter. An inefficient chimney system can be like leaving a Read more...

The Outside of Your Chimney & Its Components

There is a lot more to the outside of your chimney than meets the eye, and it may even have components you aren’t aware of. A chimney that operates properly makes it possible for you to enjoy fires indoors because it transports toxic fumes outdoors. All of the various parts of your chimney exterior contribute to the safe and efficient operation of your fireplace. Maintenance Read more...

Sweep Wood Ash from the Fireplace to Your Lawn and Garden

While you’re cozying up to the snap, crackle and pop of a roaring fire, a common by-product is brewing in the firebox. This by-product is wood ash and is the remnants of the wood-burning process. At the end of winter, many homeowners discard most of the ash when getting their fireplace ready for the next cold spell. But rather than discarding wood ash from Read more...

How to Prevent and Identify Chimney Leaks

While fireplaces are cherished amenities providing cozy, warm fires in winter, chimneys are often ignored, though they are constantly exposed to harsh elements. The safe and proper operation of a fireplace depends upon the chimney and flue liner. Water is the biggest threat to chimneys. A homeowner can keep the home safer and chimney repair costs significantly lower by preventing water from causing chimney damage. It Read more...

How to Spot Masonry Damage from Harsh Winter and Spring Seasons

If you experienced a grueling winter and/or a rainy spring, just imagine what your chimney has been going through and the chimney damage that may have occurred. Homeowners often think of chimneys as somewhat indestructible architectural features, but chimney masonry is extremely vulnerable to the elements. Water is the biggest enemy, and it can enter Read more...

5 Money Saving Tips for More Efficient Wood Heating & Stoves

If you have been using wood stoves to heat your home, then you know how economical wood-burning can be. In fact, wood is not only a renewable fuel source, it is among the cheapest fuels to heat a residential home, especially during a prolonged winter season. But wood is not necessarily the most efficient source of heating and many homeowners may find much Read more...

Fireplace Inserts – Gas & Wood  

If you have ever wished that your masonry fireplace was more about bringing the heat as opposed to just providing a pleasant ambiance, a fireplace insert may be the perfect solution for you. Fireplace inserts transform a traditional fireplace that has an efficiency rating of about 10% into an excellent cost-cutting heat source with a rating of up to 80% or higher. The experts at Chimney Read more...

How Wintry Weather Affects Chimneys

When it’s freezing cold outside, people usually know to wrap pipes and cover vulnerable plants. What many don’t realize is the potential effect the cold weather has on chimneys. Spalling and stacking are two chimney problems caused by frosty temperatures that homeowners frequently have to deal with. Spalling The worst thing that can happen to a chimney is for excess moisture to enter the porous materials. Read more...

Tips for Choosing a Chimney Cap

When a chimney is built, a chimney cap isn’t typically included, even though it is essential to the longevity of chimney and fireplace components and can have other important benefits as well.  You have plenty of options when choosing a chimney cap to have installed on your chimney. Among those options are price range, special functions, and aesthetics. Purpose of a Chimney Cap Every type of chimney Read more...

Chimney Damage: When to Repair or Rebuild?

Your chimney plays an important role in venting smoke and other contaminants from your home while you’re family enjoys the warmth of a gas or wood-burning fireplace. And while most masonry chimneys are built to last for decades, moisture, strong winds and normal wear and tear can result in chimney damage. Sometimes the decision to rebuild is easy like when it is in disrepair. Read more...