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Chimney Brick Damage and Tips to Prevent It

Chimneys can seem like sturdy structures, but have you ever seen one that looks like it’s tottering? Exterior chimneys are subject to all kinds of harsh conditions, and moisture can cause the greatest amount of damage. Homeowners often neglect chimney maintenance, and the result can be decaying bricks in danger of collapsing. Chimney brick damage Read more

What to Do About a Cold and Drafty Fireplace

Masonry fireplaces add a beautiful aesthetic touch to a home, but they aren’t highly efficient when it comes to heating and preserving the heat. A common issue homeowners who run masonry fireplaces describe is cold air drafts coming from the fireplace. If this is a problem you’re having, here are some ways to address it.Stopping the cold airThe logical way Read more

Your To-Do Checklist for Protecting Your Chimney from Winter Storms

Homeowners living in the north and east can expect a colder and wetter winter, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The increased precipitation and freezing temperatures are not good news for masonry chimneys as there is a higher risk of water damage, especially during the freeze-thaw cycle. Homeowners should take precautionary measures to prepare their chimney in advance of any upcoming Read more

The Importance of Maintaining Masonry Chimneys

If you have a wood-burning masonry fireplace, do you know the condition of the chimney? Homeowners often enjoy the wonderful ambiance of their fireplace while rarely giving a thought to the masonry chimney. Due to neglect of chimney maintenance, the first fire of a winter season ends in a hazardous home fire for many homeowners Read more

Do Chimney-Cleaning Logs Work?

Cleaning your chimney is something that should never be ignored. In excessive quantities, creosote can become a flammable substance increasing the chance of a fire. Creosote logs, also known as creosote sweeping logs, or CSL’s for short, present an easy way for homeowners to clean their chimneys while enjoying the warmth of the flames. But Read more

Choosing a Gas Fireplace for your Home

With more homeowners seeking greener and cleaner-burning alternative heating solutions, gas fireplaces are a popular choice. Gas fireplaces burn clean, offer continuous heat, and are easier to clean and maintain. They are also a lot easier to operate. But how do you choose the right gas fireplace for your home? Here are a few tips Read more

Things You Should Never Burn in Your Fireplace or Woodstove

You would never put something besides the right kind of gasoline in your vehicle’s fuel tank, right? In a similar way, there are things that should never be used as fuel for fires in your woodstove or fireplace. Check out the following things that may be tempting to burn but that you should never burn Read more

7 Tips for Responsible Chimney Care and Maintenance

Did you know that there are more than 20,000 chimney fires every year? And an overwhelming majority were the result of excessive creosote in the chimney. It also means that most chimney fires are entirely preventable with responsible chimney care and maintenance. Creosote is a natural by-product that is produced during combustion. It is a Read more

Converting to a Gas Burning Fireplace

Throughout the chilly winter months, millions of homeowners enjoy the warmth and ambiance of a crackling fire. But since wood-burning fireplaces waste most of the heat they generate, many homeowners are looking for a more energy-efficient heating solution without losing that authentic fire burning experience. Gas Fireplace Benefits Fireplace inserts are a quick, easy, and Read more

7 Tips for Responsible Chimney Care and Maintenance

Did you know that there are more than 20,000 chimney fires every year? And an overwhelming majority were the result of excessive creosote in the chimney. It also means that most chimney fires are entirely preventable with responsible chimney care and maintenance. Creosote is a natural by-product that is produced during combustion. It is a Read more