Fireplace Advice

  1. How to Fix Your Chimney’s Nasty Odor

    How to Fix Your Chimney’s Nasty Odor

    One of the biggest complaints about fireplaces from homeowners is that from time to time, an odor can be smelled coming from the chimney. Not only does this bad smell fill up your fireplace but also the rest of your house. Closing the windows and turning your AC on is often a solution most people opt for. However, without a doubt, that won't work. In fact, it makes the stench even worse!  For you to eliminate this smell, you will have to start at the source. For a fact, all chimneys produce a little odor that is unnoticeable due to the air that eliminates the odor on the top side of the stack, but when something smells out of place, here's what to do.

     

     

    HIRE A PROFESSIONAL

     

    Hiring a professional is the easiest way to deal with the stench that comes from the fireplace. The professional will conduct an annual chimney cleaning and safety inspection. Of course, this isn’t the cheapest option, but it’s the most effective. If yo

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  2. How Much Does It Cost To Reline A Chimney?

    How Much Does It Cost To Reline A Chimney?

     

    The cost of relining a chimney varies. Typically, the cost can be anything between $2,500 and $7,000. Ultimately the cost will be determined by the type of lining you would want to have installed. Knowing what lining is can help you understand the cost involved.

     

    Types of Chimney Liners

     

    Surprisingly, if you live in an old home, the chimney might not have a lining of any kind! For several decades, liners have been a constant requirement for operating fireplaces. This is attributed to the fact that they do a better job of channeling gases up through the chimney top. Houses that lack a liner will not be able to do this effectively. The liners also help in fire prevention by blocking heat from getting to materials that are combustible. The types of liners are:

     

    Clay Tile Liners

    The least costly

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  3. The Ultimate Guide To Chimney Chase Covers

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    Now there’s a good chance that as soon as you read the title of this post you wondered, “What even is a chimney chase cover?” Well, they’re not made for your standard masonry chimney, but rather they are made to cover the chase of a chimney that was factory built. Chases can also be referred to as “boxes,” and they can be seen running along the side of a home and up to the roof.

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  4. What is a Napoleon Wood Burning Stove?

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    The warmth and comfort delivered by a wood burning stove is a comfort for many. Napoleon Wood Burning Stoves are the gold standard when it comes to bringing this technology into the 21st century.

    Napoleon Wood Burning Stoves – The Story

    Founded in 1976 in Ontario, Canada, Napoleon designed their first wood burning stove and quickly became a leader in the market space, eventually branching out into gas stoves and other fireplace products.

    Types of Napoleon Stoves

    There are a number of types of napoleon wood burning stoves for heating your home. Beyond the obvious heating features supplied b

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  5. What Damage Can Creosote Cause?

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    One byproduct of wood burning fireplaces and stoves is the creation of a chemical compound called creosote. A fireplace or stove with even a modest accumulation of creosote can result in a highly dangerous chimney fire, which can burn at around 2,000 degrees, seriously endangering your home and any occupants.

     

    Exactly What is Creosote?

    Any wood burning fire produces byproducts of combustion, in short, the residue that is left over when the wood burns. Some of these include seemingly innocuous smoke water vapor, particles of wood and assorted minerals or other substances found in the wood.

     

    The chimney is there to help expel

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  6. Do I Need a Chimney Damper?

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    There is very little that is more disconcerting than noticing that your house is beginning to fill with smoke, and you have no idea why. What began as a roaring fire designed to keep you warm, has taken on a more ominous face. After securing your loved ones, your quest to find out what went wrong begins. Upon careful investigation, you come to the conclusion that your chimney damper isn’t operating efficiently. The good news is that this can be easily corrected.

    What is a Chimney Damper?

    You need to understand the role of a chimney damper to understand what it is supposed to do and how to help make that happen. Many confuse the chimney damper with the flue, w

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  7. How to Make Sure your Chimney is Properly Insulated

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    Winter is a time for scarves, warm boots, and toasty gloves. So making sure that your chimney is properly insulated makes sense right?

    If you are preparing your home for the wonders that are a home winter fire, then taking the time to check your fireplace for proper insulation will not only guarantee a warm winter fire but also provide you with the confidence you deserve when burning an open fire.

    Protect your Home and Your Passion for Fire

    Your home's first defense in an unwanted disaster is the chimney liner. Liners are not just for decoration; they serve a real purpose. They are used to redirect unwanted fumes, smoke, and potential hazardous

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  8. Prepping your Fireplace for Winter

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    Old man winter is just around the corner. Is your fireplace ready to get to work? If you own a fireplace and want to make sure your home gets the most out of the heat output, you must make sure your fireplace is properly prepped.

    Inspect your Fireplace

    The first step in any fire is to prep the area and make sure it is safe. Sweep the chimney out, check your chimney chase cover, update your fire alarms, and take the time to thoroughly go through your fireplace before winter. This will give you the best fire and maintain a safe environment.

    Use a Chimney Sweep

    Never underestimate the power of a broom. Well, in this case, a professional c

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  9. What Are Chimney Dampers and Why Do I Need One?

    What Are Chimney Dampers and Why Do I Need One?

    Picture this: you’re home on a cold winter night and you decide to build a roaring fire to keep you and your family warm.  After preparing your wood and fostering a strong flame, the house begins to fill with smoke.  Panicked, you have the family stay outside while you see to the issue, only to realize that no smoke is coming through your chimney.  This is most likely due to a faulty chimney damper.  You can think of a chimney damper like a lid for your fireplace.  It is located in the flue (the air shaft through which smoke and air can travel in and out of your chimney) above the firebox (where the fire is made) and is in use both when fireplace is active and inactive.  We commonly think of chimneys as avenu

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  10. What is A Chimney Liner Used For?

    What is A Chimney Liner Used For?

    A chimney liner is used to extend the life of your chimney while reducing the risk of any combustion within your home.

    Chimney liners are used to provide a smooth surface which carries the products of combustion outside the home. The liner can be made of clay, ceramic, or even metal conduit. The liner protects the chimney from heat and soot build up. The type of liner you need varies based on your chimney.

    Better Air Quality

    A lot of people do not use their fireplaces because of the impact it has on air quality in the home.  A chimney liner significantly increases how well your chimney vents combustibles to the outside. The improved air quality will have you wanting to use your chimney more than ever.

    Getting Your Chimney Assessed

    If you don't have much experience with chimneys or wood burning fireplaces, then you definitely want to consult with an an expert from

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