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Should I Be Using My Fireplace in The Summer?

Fireplaces are warm, cozy, and relaxing. They provide heat when it’s cold outside and comfort when we want to unwind from a long day. However, most of us only use our fireplaces during the colder months, peaking in the winter and tapering off as spring comes. What about during the warmer months? Should you be […] Read more

What’s a Chimney Damper?

People with fireplaces often wonder, what is a chimney damper? Maybe that’s because it’s a hidden component of the chimney system. Another common question homeowners ask chimney sweeps is, are chimney dampers necessary? These are great questions! You can operate your fireplace more efficiently when you know about the different parts of the chimney system. […] Read more

Signs You Need a Chimney Sweep

The thought of a chimney sweep may conjure up scenes from Mary Poppins, whether goofy facial expressions of Dick Van Dyke or smudge-faced sweepers dancing on rooftops. Such Hollywood images may give the wrong idea and cause you to overlook signs you need a chimney sweep. The chimney sweeping profession is just as real today […] Read more

Common Summer Chimney Issues

Most homeowners think about chimney repairs in the fall or winter — right before it’s time to start using their fireplace. And, because it’s summer and not currently in use, this is the ideal time to schedule a chimney cleaning and inspection. Each Dubuque Fireplace & Patio technician is trained to spot many common summer […] Read more

Gas Grill Maintenance and Cleaning Schedule

Regret is as unpleasant as over-charred rib-eye steaks, so you should know that your gas grill’s performance could diminish over time if it isn’t maintained properly. Confidently look forward to every great season of optimal grilling with routine gas grill maintenance and cleaning. What could go wrong if you skip gas grill upkeep? The lifespan […] Read more

Top Pro Tips for Excellent Summer Grilling

Grilling masterfully is assuredly not child’s play, but even grill masters stick with the foundations of success. Some basics in top pro tips for excellent summer grilling could push you into the next realm of grill mastery. If you should determine that a new grill is what you really need, visit Dubuque Fireplace & Patio. […] Read more

Top Tips For Choosing a Grill

As spring gives way to the warmer days and longer nights of summer, many people’s thoughts inevitably turn to one of the ultimate summer past times. No, we aren’t talking about NASCAR or baseball( though either option is a pretty great way to spend a summer afternoon!). Today, we are focusing on grilling and wanted […] Read more

Top Mount vs. Throat Dampers

Think of the functions of a top mount and throat damper in the one-sentence melodramatic scenes that follow. Forget to open the chimney damper as you light a fire one time, and you are not likely to forget again—smoke billows into the home. Once a fire dies, forget to close the damper and evidence shows […] Read more

Everything You Need to Know About Masonry Chimney Repairs

Qualified chimney sweeps are the professionals to call for masonry chimney repairs. That’s the first thing every homeowner should understand about their brick, stone, or concrete chimney. It can also help to understand that almost all brick-and-mortar chimneys are initially built with a clay tile flue lining but that it rarely makes sense to choose […] Read more

Benefits of Annual Chimney Inspections

Sometimes lighting a fire in a fireplace puts the family and home in danger. Helping to avoid life-threatening hazards is just one of the benefits of annual chimney inspections. All risks associated with fires and carbon monoxide cannot be fully eliminated. You can, however, enjoy your fireplace with greater peace of mind by scheduling routine […] Read more

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