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Keeping Your Fireplace Danger-Free

It’s smart to look at a fireplace and see more than just the potential for a lifetime of moments with loved ones next to a cozy fire in winter. Fireplace and chimney systems are fraught with potential dangers! There is nothing to worry about, however, as long as you schedule annual chimney inspections, get needed […] Read more

Is Your Chimney Adding to Your Heating Bill?

Do you consider it one of the nicest pleasures of winter when you get cozy near a blazing fire? Is your fireplace a favorite gathering place for your family? It’s much easier to enjoy your fireplace when you don’t know its dirtiest secret. It’s not the creosote in the chimney flue, even though the tar-like […] Read more

How to Maintain Your Pellet Stove for Performance and Long Life

Pellet heating stoves are fantastic appliances that produce plenty of comforting heat and look great while doing it. Without proper maintenance, however, even the best-made pellet stoves can begin to perform poorly and actually become dangerous to operate. Fortunately, maintaining your pellet stove isn’t complicated or difficult. Here are some tips. Clean the air passages Pellet […] Read more

Scheduling Your Inspection: Being Proactive – Not Reactive

Every year thousands of homes go up in flames because of poor chimney maintenance. You can prevent this from happening to your home by proactively scheduling a chimney inspection every year.  80% of fire-related deaths in the U.S. are caused by house fires. Most of those fires begin in the fireplace or chimney. That’s why […] Read more

8 Questions to Ask Before You Get a New Chimney Liner

During chimney inspections, a chimney professional looks for any deterioration that requires repair. When the chimney liner is checked, a special video camera is used. If there is as much as a small crack in the liner, repair or replacement is needed. Chimney liner repair is impractical if there are clay tile liners, which is […] Read more

Dangers of Neglecting Chimney Cleaning, Repair & Maintenance

A clean chimney that’s in tip-top shape will do its job safely and efficiently. If a chimney is neglected and you fail to schedule regular cleaning, repair work and maintenance, a chimney can become a very dangerous part of your home. Keeping your chimney in good working order isn’t difficult. Here are some guidelines. What […] Read more

What Type of Fireplace Do I Have and How to Tell

When homeowners contact chimney sweeps with questions about their heating appliance, they are often asked, “What type of fireplace do you have?” Understandably, most people don’t know how to answer that question. It’s easier, however, to communicate with service professionals when you know your appliance type. Some helpful tips follow on how to tell what […] Read more

The Dark Side of Neglecting Masonry Chimney Maintenance

Chimneys may seem like simple, sturdy structures that can safely be ignored, but danger is lurking when you neglect chimney maintenance. Though they have few moving parts, chimneys have important functions that help keep homes safe. When things go wrong and chimney problems are ignored, the cost of repair and risk of danger continue to […] Read more

How to Use a Fireplace or Wood Stove to Heat Your House

Not many homeowners want to be dependent on the price of energy to keep their homes warm in the winter. And if you’re home happens to have a fireplace or wood stove or you’re thinking about installing one, you’re probably wondering if you can use it to heat your entire house like a central air […] Read more

Installing Fireplace Inserts: An Easy Way to Switch to Gas

Busy families sometimes avoid the hassles involved with using their wood-burning heating appliances. Gas fireplaces, on the other hand, are popular with families on the go. What’s exciting is that traditional wood fireplaces can often be converted to a gas fireplace insert. With the ease of pushing a button on a remote control, you could […] Read more

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