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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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It’s October Already! Holiday Decorations and Fireplaces Don’t Always Mix

We always try to raise awareness for holiday decorations, the fireplace, and the dangers they pose well in advance of the holiday season. We understand that you probably have Halloween decorations out already, so now’s a great time to remind you that they shouldn’t be close to the fireplace. We also hope that you’ve already […]

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Important Factors to Consider before Installing a Fireplace

  When the summer season ends, homeowners start to think about their fireplaces and chimneys. In homes that lack these features, this might be an ideal time to think about getting them. This is a big decision, as there are different types available. No one should simply buy a fireplace just for the look and […]

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How Water Damage Affects Your Masonry Chimney

  Most people realize that the chimney can be an entry point for water and they think that buying a chimney cap is enough to protect it. Unfortunately, the masonry itself can also be vulnerable to, moisture, and over the course of a few years, this can cause a lot of damage. Too many homeowners […]

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Fireplace Safety Begins at Home with You

  Like most things we teach our children, chimney and fireplace safety begin at home. Set a good example for your children by following basic fireplace safety measures and teach them respect for the fireplace from a young age. Children are like little sponges, they pick up on our behaviors and often understand more than […]

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Finding Pieces of Tile in Your Firebox Means You Have a Damaged Flue

  The flue is the liner on the inside of your chimney. It’s what attracts creosote as smoke and gases leave your home. The flue, or the chimney liner, should look smooth and flawless all the way through the chimney. Cracks in the flue can lead to serious consequences for your home and the people […]

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