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How to Keep Your Fireplace Insert Clean Between Chimney Sweepings  

Fireplace inserts are great investments because they convert traditional masonry fireplaces into efficient heat sources that can help cut the cost of winter utilities. Safety must be number one. An insert must be installed by a professional, to ensure not only safety but also coverage by homeowner’s insurance. Wood fires in an insert cause creosote to be deposited in the chimney and hearth, same as Read more...

Up in Smoke: Don’t Forget to Maintain Your Wood Burning Fireplace

There is nothing like the romantic ambience and warmth of a fireplace to take the chill out of a home on a cool winter’s day. A wood-burning fireplace can reach temperatures of over 1,100 F, providing warm, cozy heat. During combustion, the burning embers snap, crackle and pop into creosote, soot and ash. While most of these dangerous contaminants are vented through the chimney, Read more...

Tips for Ecofriendly Fires that Save You Money

Few people who are devoted to reducing their carbon footprint use a traditional open fireplace. Such fires are simply too inefficient, and they create health risks such as smoke containing particulate matter and harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Smoke from a wood fire can be harmful indoors and outdoors, causing serious respiratory problems. But this doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice Read more...

Why A Good Chimney Cap Is Important

Is a chimney cap really necessary? This might be the first question that comes to your mind when you hear that you should get a chimney cap. It isn’t hard to find a chimney without one. You might wonder why so many chimneys don’t have one if they are so important. The reason why you don’t see a Read more...

Fire Prevention Week! Plan TWO Ways Out of the House

If there were a fire in your house, do you and your family know the nearest way out? Every year there are more than 89,000 home structure fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). When a fire starts in your home you may only have seconds to safely escape. The majority of injuries and fatalities are from smoke inhalation rather than Read more...

7 Tips for Choosing the Ideal Chimney Cap

Every fireplace should be topped with a chimney cap! There are just too many benefits to these appliances to go without one.  A chimney cap keeps rain out of your fireplace, which provides essential protection from damage caused by moisture. It also helps you possibly avoid major hassles by keeping animals out. With a spark guard on your chimney cap, you can also prevent Read more...

Video Scans and Chimney Inspections

Do you know if your chimney system is healthy?   Visually assessing the outside of your chimney regularly for signs of water or weather damage is smart. Unfortunately, many chimney issues only become obvious from the outside once the internal damage is significant. In some cases, you may not be able to see the damage at all if the venting system for your heating Read more...

Summer Storms Can Bring Leaky Chimneys

After a long, cold and dreary winter cooped up indoors, most people look forward for summer to arrive. Summer is a time of having fun soaking up the sun and splashing in a host of outdoor activities. But the hot and humid conditions in many parts of the country can bring summer storms and leaky chimneys during the season. In fact, the National Oceanic Read more...

Reasons Plus Solutions for a Spalling Brick Chimney

Have you noticed that the surfaces of your chimney bricks are flaking or breaking off? This is known as “spalling;” and it’s fairly easy to spot, as long as you keep watch over the condition of your chimney. Spalling is caused by moisture saturation in the chimney masonry. This common issue affects many brick masonry chimneys. Below are various reasons moisture Read more...

What you Need to Know when Building a New Chimney

The chimney is possibly the most important component of a wood-burning appliance. Whether adding a new masonry chimney to your home or installing a chimney for a factory-built fireplace, several details are essential, with regard to safety, proper operation, and construction. The following will provide you with essential information for properly adding a chimney to your home. Placement of a Masonry Chimney Choosing the perfect spot for Read more...