How to Troubleshoot a Smoky Fireplace

  A smoky fireplace is one of the primary concerns homeowners have when they call us. Several things can cause the fireplace to smoke, so we want to tell you about them today. You may be able to troubleshoot the issue and fix it without our help! Cold Air Coming Down the Flue: Hot air […]

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Do You Know these Truths and Myths about Chimneys?

  You’re probably familiar with the game Two Truths and a Lie. Today we’re going to tell you two chimney myths and one truth. See if you’re chimney-savvy enough to know the difference. We’ll tell the tales as they’re originally told, and then wrap it up in the end of the post. Let’s get started! […]

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Chimney Sweep Hazards, Home Remedies, and Tools of the Trade

  With regular maintenance, a chimney rarely has any issues, so it is easy to take this structure for granted. Some people might even start to think that keeping it clean is simple. In fact, there are many tips online for do-it-yourselfers. While simple cleaning is generally not discouraged, the average person will not have […]

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4 Reasons You Should Keep All Snow and Ice Away from Your Outdoor Vents

  The chimney to your fireplace is only one of the vents that you need to make sure are not blocked with ice and snow during the winter months. Heating systems, water heaters, and stoves all have vents that go to the outside of your home, and if they become blocked by snow or ice, […]

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3 Things that May be Lurking in Your Chimney

  You may think that your chimney is ready for its first fire of the season, but have you had it cleaned recently? If you haven’t then you may be surprised at what could be lurking inside your chimney. Here are 3 things that may be lurking in your chimney: Creosote Creosote is a tar-like […]

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What Type of Ignition System is Best for a Gas Fireplace?

  In many homes, there is a shift towards gas fireplaces since they do not require as much maintenance as wood-burning fireplaces. That said, some knowledge of their operation and maintenance is necessary. One of the most important features is the ignition system for the gas fireplace. Many older gas fireplaces have what is called […]

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What Makes Creosote Dangerous?

Smoke and soot are well known to stain things black. But creosote is something entirely different. Soot is formed at temperatures lower than 284 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s a dark powdery dust that stains things, but it is not sticky. Creosote is very sticky and tar-like. It’s not powdery at all. So why is creosote dangerous? […]

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What Everyone Needs to Know About Chimney Fires

A chimney fire can start out of nowhere and is normally caused from debris blocking the chimney or too much buildup of creosote. While some chimney fires go undetected for some time, others can be so significant that the damage is evident immediately. Here are three indicators that you may have a chimney fire: A […]

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Making the Decision to Replace a Prefabricated Fireplace

  The chief reason for adding a fireplace to a home is to use it as a heat source, but there are some other good reasons for getting one. A fireplace can save money on home heating, create a romantic setting, and it helps to foster family togetherness. No wonder some homeowners can’t seem to […]

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Keep the Home Fires Burning Safely this Holiday Season

  The holidays are quickly approaching and that means that you will have lots of people in your home along with a myriad of decorations to make everything look festive. The holiday season also brings time in front of a warm and cozy fire, which means that you will want to take a few precautions […]

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