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Designing A Backyard Fire Pit

A fire pit is always an exciting addition to any outdoor living space. There are likely more options in fire pit designs than you may have imagined. The market for fire pits has grown enormously in recent years. Research shows that fire pits are second only to lawn chairs as far as favorite outdoor accessories. Read more...

Adding A Fireplace to The Living Space

Tired of rising energy costs, many homeowners are adding a fireplace to their living space.  In the past two years, many ratepayers have seen electric rates increase substantially in the past two years. Utility rates have increased the most in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, with homeowners paying 13.7% and 12% higher in the past year, respectively. Read more...

Building A Brand New Chimney

When building a new masonry chimney, there are several important factors to consider, including flue size, chimney height, and compliance with local building and safety codes. It requires careful attention to not only aesthetics, but it must be functionally efficient as well. It must also be able to withstand changing weather conditions, high temperatures of Read more...

Chimney Is Suffering From Winter Damage

Once winter is over, one of the best things to do as far as home maintenance is to check your chimney for damage. Harsh winter weather is common in Richmond VA, but it is not always obvious when chimney damage has occurred. You will save money in the long run if you have your chimney Read more...

Is Your Chimney Welcoming Unwanted Visitors?

When most homeowners think about their chimney, the thought of animals nesting in the flue doesn’t readily come to mind. It’s a common problem that can occur at any time of year. The sounds of scratching, gnawing, and chirping in the evening or early in the morning are often the first signs that an animal Read more...

How the Freeze/Thaw Cycle Affects Your Chimney

Here in the Richmond Region we see our share of winter weather. With average winter temperatures ranging from the low 30’s in the evening to the mid 50’s during the day, our season is milder than many other areas of the northeast. However, it’s this type of weather that makes chimneys in our area more Read more...

Types Of Chimney Caps

Chimney caps are essential accessories needed on every chimney. What many homeowners don’t realize is that there are many options to choose from when it comes to chimney caps that keep rain and snow from flowing directly into a chimney. A Chimney cap can be chosen for low cost or for aesthetic value combined with Read more...

The Dangers of Not Cleaning Your Chimney

Unless you’re a professional chimney sweep, you probably don’t enjoy cleaning your chimney. It’s a chore that many homeowners try to put off for as long as they can. Not cleaning your chimney is like playing Russian roulette – you never know when disaster will strike. Dangerous Accumulation of Creosote Creosote is one of several Read more...

How to Safely Start Using an Old Fireplace

It’s been a surprisingly cold winter for many people across the country, with temperatures dipping as much as 20 degrees lower than average. With a massive Alaskan ridge and a cooperating jet stream, winter weather could linger into early spring in some areas. Many homeowners will be relaxing near the fireplace to stay warm. However, Read more...

All About Your Smoke Chamber & How It Functions

For many homeowners, the interior of a working chimney is a mystery shrouded in darkness. You light the fireplace, and the smoke goes up the chimney, right? Well, not quite. Along the way, it passes through an inconspicuous, but rather an essential component that is known as the smoke chamber. The smoke chamber is positioned Read more...