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Is There a Problem in My Fireplace Smoke Chamber?

The smoke chamber is a narrow passageway situated just above the throat damper at the bottom of the flue. Its cone-shaped design helps push the smoke and gases from the fire in the firebox up the flue to exit the chimney. The smoke shelf sits inside this chamber that aids in preventing the smoke and Read more

All the Basics on Gas Heating Stoves & Maintenance

Gas heating stoves come in stunning varieties and have high efficiency and easy maintenance that can boost your enjoyment of winter. There are several benefits of gas heating stoves that have made these heating appliances highly popular. The more you know about gas heating stoves, the greater the likelihood that you will want to at Read more

How to Prep Your Fireplace for the Burn Season Ahead

Winter is on the way; is your fireplace ready for the burn season? Typically, January and February are the coldest months of the season. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the Atlantic Corridor, including Maryland, is expected to be wetter than usual. Here’s what you need to know to prep your fireplace for the upcoming burn Read more

Bees in Your Chimney? Do’s and Don’ts

Bees are most active in the warmer spring and summer months, and it is not uncommon for bees to build their hives inside the chimney. These tiny creatures can squeeze through small openings like the weep hole, masonry cracks, or chimney cap, for example. Once inside, you may hear them buzzing around as they get to work building their beehives. Read more

Schedule an Early Chimney Sweeping Before the Fall Rush

Something is just ahead besides changing leaves and cooler air and it’s the fall rush that chimney sweeps experience every year. Scheduling chimney sweeping early is recommended because nothing beats a glowing fire in the fireplace when the first real cold snap arrives. Qualified, trusted chimney sweeps like the pros at Complete Chimneys LLC typically get booked up pretty solid Read more

Dangers of Neglecting Chimney Maintenance

Many homeowners are used to routine maintenance for most parts of the home, but the chimney is often neglected. The biggest reason is that they don’t think it’s necessary since everything appears to be working fine.  However, that can be a dangerous and costly mistake. Without routine maintenance, including annual chimney inspections and cleanings, there may be a dangerous level of debris and Read more

Buying Hearth Products Online vs. Buying From Your Local Hearth Shop: Don’t Get Burned

Shopping online may be a favorite American pastime, but local shopping absolutely makes the most sense when buying a new hearth product. Taking advantage of an online hearth deal that appears to save money often, in the end, causes nothing but regret. There are distinct and important advantages to buying a fireplace or heating stove from a local showroom instead Read more

5 Signs You Need to Call a Chimney Sweep

Many homeowners often ask when they need to call a chimney sweep. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends annual cleanings and inspections. However, if you are burning wood in the fireplace more frequently, you will need additional chimney cleanings. If it’s been more than a year since your last chimney cleaning or you notice any one or more of the Read more

Things to Know When Investing in a New Chimney

If you are having a new masonry chimney built to go along with a masonry fireplace, there are some things you may want to know before the building process begins. It’s good to take time and consider essential aspects of your investment so that you can make confident, informed decisions. The more you know about chimneys, the better equipped you Read more

The Effects of the Freeze/Thaw Cycle on Your Chimney

While the fireplace is keeping your family warm during a chilly winter, the chimney is battling howling winds, rain, sleet, and snow. The cumulative precipitation throughout the season can be damaging to masonry chimneys. The Freeze-Thaw Cycle When the chimney was built, the layer of bricks had a hard-outer shell to protect it from moisture intrusion. However, several years of Read more

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