Fireplace Information Blog

  1. How Should You Prepare for Installing Your New Chimney Liner?

    You made the decision to shop around and buy a new chimney liner kit online. First of all, congratulations for making a great first move! You're on your way to a safer and more efficient chimney system. Now, what? When it arrives, you actually need to install it! There are some things you can do to prepare for installing your new chimney liner which will make the process easier and less expensive than it would otherwise be. This isn't about actually installing the liner, but what to do beforehand. Here's everything you need to know:

     

    Step #1 Take careful measurements to be sure you are getting the right size liner for your chimney. The liner should reach from the top of your chimney to the damper throat or other connection

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  2. 3 Common Chimney Liner Problems and What Causes Them

    As a homeowner, you just assume your chimney will always work. After all, it's just a hole going up the roof right? Actually, it's a very complicated and complex system that took hundreds upon hundreds of years to perfect. There are some problems that could occur with your chimney system, so it's worth being knowledgeable about the elements. When you more easily recognize a problem, you can fix it quicker and more efficiently!

     

    Here are a few common chimney liner problems that may require you to buy a new one and replace it, or have a professional come out and fix it:

     

    #1 Older chimneys may have no liner originally installed. Chimneys in homes built before the 1940s are likely to have been constructed with no liner inside the flue other than the bricks and mortar that make up the chimney itself. The effects of age and

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  3. How Should You Choose a New Chimney Cap?

    Chimney caps are inexpensive and easy to install. Yet, they are so important! They reduce long-term costs and improve the safety of your entire chimney system. For this reason, they are a crucial element in your chimney system that is certainly not something you should neglect. In fact, the most difficult aspect of deciding whether or not to buy a new chimney cap is just deciding which one to purchase! 

     

    When you shop online, you will quickly see that you can choose from a wide variety of chimney caps made from several different materials. Which is the right one? Are you supposed to simply choose the one you like the best? Not quite. The chimney cap you choose will be determined by your unique chimney configuration as well as the amount of money

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  4. What are Chimney Liner Industry Standards?

    The average homeowner doesn't think about their chimney very often. Purchasing a chimney liner isn't something you do every day, or even every year. For this reason, you're not up-to-date on all the latest industry information, technology, materials, and standards. That's nothing to worry about! We are industry experts, so we can tell you everything you need to know. One thing we're asked about regularly is chimney liner industry standards. Let's do a quick breakdown of this right now.

    First, let's quickly discuss your chimney liner. Your chimney is way more than a hole going up through the roof. By safely transferring potentially deadly gases out of your house, your chimney liner is one of the most important safety features inside your house! A chimney liner is a crucial part of your overall home fuel burning system. If you have a fireplace, woodstove, water heater, or gas, coal or oil-fired furnace, it is

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  5. How To Improve The Performance and Safety of Your Chimney System

    We all want our cars to perform well and get us safely where we need to go. Guess what- we also need performance and safety from our chimney system! While you may not think about it very often, this is incredibly important for those living in a home with a fireplace. 

    How could a chimney have performance? Isn't it just a tube of bricks with a hole through the middle that carries smoke out of your house? No way! It is far more complicated than this. The brick exterior of your chimney that you can see from the outside of your home is only a small part. It is actually a complete system with several parts and pieces, all working together to keep your family safe and your house warm. 

    If you don’t give their chimneys much thought, you're not alone. Let's make today the day that changes! There are things you can do to improve the performance of your chimney s

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  6. What is the Best Kind of Firewood to Use in a Fireplace?

    Not all fires burn the same! Did you know that different wood produces different fires and different smoke as well? So, is there a right choice and a wrong choice? Yes and no. Essentially, what you're looking for is driest, best seasoned wood you can get. 

    Dry wood will burn more completely than "green" wood. This will result in a hotter fire with less smoke. That's great because you don't want a bunch of smoke in your house. Beyond your lungs, it's also better for the fireplace and chimney itself. An extra-smoky fire that comes from using unseasoned wood will make more creosote build up in your chimney liner. This nasty build up is what makes it necessary to clean your flue. This creosote is highly combustible, and it also constricts the flow of gases up your chimney liner, resulting in decreased draft and dirtier subsequent fires. The more creosote, the more often you have to clean- it's as simple as

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  7. 2 Ways to Save Money and Fight Air Pollution with Your Chimney

    Unless you live way out away from any city, you're probably concerned with air pollution. Traffic, factories, dust, pollen, mold spores, wildfires and even distant volcanoes all contribute to pollution in our air. Did you know that you could be contributing too? You aren't driving a massive diesel truck, but that doesn't mean you're eco-friendly. In fact, you may be contributing to air pollution every time you make a fire in your living room fireplace.

    The harsh truth is that home fireplaces are a factor in air pollution. Smoke forms when wood or other organic matter burns. The smoke from wood burning is made up of a complex mixture of gases and fine particles. In addition to particle pollution, wood smoke contains several toxic air pollutants including benzene, formaldehyde, acrolein, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). It's not all bad news, though. The more efficiently you burn wood, the less smoke

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  8. Pay Attention to Your Chimney to Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

    We all want to be as energy-efficient as possible. For some people, they want to lower their eco footprint and use as few fossil fuels as possible. Others simply want to save money and recognize that "going green" is a good way to do it. After all, if you're like most people your monthly electric fee is one of your most costly bills to pay. No matter which category you fall into and why, we recommend you look at a place you may not have thought of- your chimney. Yes, your chimney could be hindering your efforts to make your home more energy efficient.

    Most houses have a standard fireplace that vents up a brick and mortar masonry chimney. As you roast marshmallows for s'mores or cozy up with a glass of wine next to a roaring fire, you don't know that your fireplace is an air polluting energy hog. Oh no! In fact, your wood burning fireplace vents not just smoke but other pollutants out the chimney. While this

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  9. How to Install a Rigid Chimney Liner Top Kit

    Installing a stainless steel chimney liner is an easy and economical way to repair a deteriorated, old, or inefficient chimney flue. Our rigid lining systems are constructed of high grade, 24 gauge, seam welded, stainless steel. They are available in 304 for wood burning and 316 alloy for all fuel applications. The smooth interior of the pipe allows for better draft and less creosote build up. This is what you need.

    Once you buy a rigid chimney liner kit online through Fireside Chimney, it will be delivered soon. Then, you'll need to install it. Is this difficult to do? Not at all! In fact, it can be done in ten steps. 

    Step #1 Get your tools. You'll need a razor knife, flat head screwdriver,

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  10. How to Tell if Your Chimney Damper is Open or Closed?

    Your chimney damper is located in the flue. Dampers are placed inside of the flue to help control ventilation. It keeps cold air out when a fire is not going. That's not all they do, though. Dampers also send the smoke away. Imagine your home filling up with smoke every time you light a fire! That's not all. Chimney dampers also control the intensity of your fire. As your damper is adjusted more or less oxygen flows through your fire. This allows you to make the flames as intense or subdued as you’d like. Clearly, it's really important to know whether your damper is open or closed. You don't want to start a fire with your damper closed! Here are four ways to know whether your damper is open or closed.

    #1 Visually inspect it.

    Performing a

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