- Posted: January 01, 2017Read more »
Many homeowners who have never replaced their chimney liner are probably unaware if they even have one already. When a fireplace needs a new chimney liner, it's recommended you go with a stainless steel option because of its durability overtime. There are several benefits to installing a new chimney liner, the biggest of which is safety.
- Posted: May 20, 2016Read more »
Because it isn’t a delicate or fragile item, we don’t often think about the ways in which we need to take care of our fireplace. We assume that because a fireplace is able to withstand the heat of a fire, it means that it isn’t in need of maintenance, and that just isn’t true. Maintaining your fireplace, like maintaining any part of your home, is necessary to avoid unexpected and unforeseen repair costs. Here are some tips so that you can avoid frequent fireplace repair.
Keep An Eye On Your Damper
We’ve talked before about the purpose of a chimney damper, but we’ll go over it quickly here. A chimney damper serves to control the amount of air that can flow in and out of your fireplace. Making sure that you keep your damper open during a fire is important for your safety and health, as that could cause the room to fill with the smoke that should be escaping through your chimney. Making sure that you keep your damper closed when you aren’t using your fireplace is equally important for preventing outside air, whether that air is hot or cold, from getting into your house and affecting its temperature. Checking your damper frequently also means generally checking for a clear chimney. If there is significant debris build up, or if small animals have decided to use your chimney as a home, you should hire a professional service to clean it out for you as soon as possible.
Burn the Right Stuff
Not all burning materials are created equal, an
- Posted: April 22, 2016Read more »
A chimney liner can help you achieve a better level of air quality and make for a safe fireplace. Here are some of the reasons you should consider a chimney liner.
Older Home And Chimney
Older homes often have older chimneys that have been largely ignored over the years. Even the best-built chimneys can need some attention over time. Cracks and deterioration can affect the way your chimney draws and functions. If you have an older home or are purchasing one, it is a good idea to take a look at your chimney before you use it.
The Air In Your Home Is Important
When a chimney is not functioning properly, it can have a bit impact on the air quality of your home. Smells of soot and smoke should not be a major player in the atmosphere of your living room or wherever your fireplace may be. Those with allergies or other respiratory issues can suffer if a fireplace is being used and not venting properly.
Chimney Liners Don’t Take Long To Install
While it may seem like a big deal to have a liner put in a big chimney, it does not take very long to make your chimney safer and more efficient. If you regularly use your chimney in the process of heating your home, a flexible chimney liner is a great investment.
Choosing The Right Liner
Fireside Chimney Supply can help you determine what size and length of chimney liner kit you need. We carry all the top brands and sizes needed to get your chimney in great shape. It is very important to choose the right size liner because too large of a liner can lead to excessive creosote build u
- Posted: February 10, 2016Categories: Fireplace Advice, Blog, Chimney Accessories, SafetyRead more »
Recently, a fire occurred inside the wall of a chimney in a trailer where a chimney liner was not installed. Having proper chimney supplies like a chimney liner is critical because it prevents residue from the fire from building up within the chimney and starting a fire, which is dangerous.
There are a number of ways to prevent chimney fires from occurring inside a fireplace. Chimney liner kits can be purchased and installed by specialists, and they help ensure the longevity of a chimney that could be aging.
Ways to Prevent Chimney Fires
Install a Chimney Liner
Getting chimney liners installed is important for several reasons. First, a chimney liner could be necessary in helping a chimney pass inspection. Chimney inspections take place to ensure that the fireplaces burning in America are safe. The Chimney Safety Institute of America, or CSIA, is in charge of inspections and regulations for chimneys in homes. They provide the standard for which chimney sweeps base their services. Having a chimney liner installed can be helpful in getting a chimney to pass inspection.
Have the Chimney Cleaned
Having the chimney cleaned on a regular basis is another way to prevent resin and soot from building up within the chimney and eventually becoming a fire hazard. The buildup of creosote, a byproduct of burning wood, is a potential cause of fires in chimneys. The best way to prevent chimney fires is having them cleaned on a regular basis by a professional chimney sweep.
Don’t Leave the Fire Unattended
A general rule of thumb with a fireplace is that the fire should not be left unattended for too long. Fires are to be enjoyed, but also respected. This means treating them with caution by not leaving them going strong all night, or left going at home while the homeowners are away. Those who build outdoor fires are well aware of the rules about not leaving fires to burn for themselves, and the same principle applies to fires b
- Posted: December 30, 2015Read more »
The fire is one of the most important sites of a home during the winter months. Many homeowners are realizing the benefits of utilizing a fire and some are even using their fireplace instead of their heating unit to heat the home during the colder winter months. But those with a fireplace aren’t always aware of what kind of wood they are burning. Sure, some use a gas fireplace, and the conveniences of those are obvious. Some who are living in more rural areas are even able to cut their own firewood, and they may be wondering what kind of wood is best for burning.
The wood of different trees has a different moisture content, and the moisture content of the wood determines how the wood will burn. One thing that is very important for those with a fireplace to know is, “what kind of wood is best to burn.” When the proper wood is used, it allows the other accessories used for the fireplace like the chimney liner to be the most effective possible.
5 Different Kinds of Wood
Cedar splits easily, which means it is a great starter wood for making the fire and makes great kindling. While cedar does burn at a good temperature, it is known to spit and crackle, meaning that it may not be the best choice for an open fireplace. The greatest benefit of cedar, according to many fire lovers, is the unique aroma that can improve the fragrance of any home.
Oak is a favorite for firewood, and is abundant in North America making it easy to find and also one of the most affordable choices. Oak can be difficult to ignite and get started like most hardwoods, but once it gets started it burns long and at a good temperature.
Birch is a softwood so it is going to burn faster than hardwoods like the oak. It also has a slight sweet when burnt and that makes it a favorite among many homeowners with a fireplace. There are several species of birch, including yellow, black, and white birch. Black is the most desirable for f
- Posted: December 16, 2015Categories: Fireplace Advice, BlogRead more »
Many homeowners are wondering this winter how to heat a home during the wintertime using their fireplace. It is really an energy-saving option when it can be done efficiently. In a previous post it was discussed what kinds of wood are good for burning, and many areas of North America are plentiful with forested areas that are full of trees. However, it is important to be sure that it is legal to cut down trees in the area.
Whether bought at the local grocery store or chopped down in the local woods, firewood is able to heat a home when the proper methods are used. Even gas fireplaces are able to heat a home when a couple measures are taken to ensure that more heat is staying in the home than is escaping through the chimney.
Ensure the Fire Heats the Home
Install a Chimney Liner
The chimney liners of Fireside Chimney Supplies are able to prevent the creosote that builds up from causing a chimney fire. The best way to ensure that the fireplace is able to continue heating the home is to keep the chimney in good shape. The chimney liner is a great way to improve an aging chimney or one that is in need of repair from corrosive gasses eating away at it. Chimney liners can also prevent so much heat from leaving the house right up the chimney. As it has been discussed before, a chimney liner can increase the heating efficiency of a fireplace anywhere from 10% to 40%!
Use Seasoned Wood
For wood-burning fireplaces, using properly aged and seasoned wood is a great way to ensure the fire gives off a proper amount of heat. Green wood, or wood has not had enough time since it was cut to dry out properly, is going to produce more smoke than heat, and the fire produced will not heat a home as efficiently as drier wood.
Open the Damper
The fireplace of the chimney is located inside the throat of the chimney, just above the fireplace. It is designed to seal the fireplace shut when it is not in use. When the fire is going,
- Posted: October 30, 2015Categories: Fireplace Advice, Blog, SafetyRead more »
Who doesn’t love sitting by a warm fireplace all bundled up when it’s below freezing outside? If you’re going to be using your fireplace, chimney, and chimney cover for the first time in your home, you should take a look at these safety precautions before getting toasty by lighting the fire.
Safety Precautions for Your Fireplace and Chimney
It’s vital to have a professional take a look at your fireplace on the inside before you begin making fires. A proper inspector will be on the lookout for birds’ nests, sticks, and other loose remains. The outside chimney cover and chimney liner should also be checked for safety. If there is any blockage, smoke will back up and clog the airways.
- Posted: August 18, 2015Read more »
Chimney liners are a great addition to any fireplace but many people do not understand why they would need one. Are chimney liners necessary for safety and function or simply added for decoration? Are they required by your local building code? Exactly why would you need a chimney liner? Fireside Chimney Supply is here to answer those questions and more. Our experts have outlined a few reasons for you to consider purchasing chimney liners.
Reasons to Purchase Chimney Liners
Reason 1: Your chimney is unlined.
Just as most houses were built without insulation in the past, most masonry chimneys were built without a liner. The absence of a liner can cause wood exhaust to leak through the mortar joints into your home. That is safety concern indeed. Another safety concern? Your chimney could actually catch fire! That is because in some cases, liquid creosote can eventually dissolve the binder in the mortar and soak into the joints. Without a liner to create a buffer, a fire could occur.
Reason 2: Your chimney is lined, but the liner is in poor condition.
There are many types of durable chimney liners, including those made of rigid and flexible materials. In the case of some masonry chimneys, the liners are made from terracotta clay or pumice, which can crack over time from normal wear and tear. A crack in that type of liner can allow smoke and liquid creosote through, which can ultimately lead to the same risk of chimney fire as described above.
Reason 3: Your chimney is lined, but the liner is not properly sized.
Ill-fitting liners can cause numerous issues. In fact, an oversized liner can lead to everything from smoke spillage to excessive creosote formation and...you guessed it
- Posted: April 30, 2015Read more »
If you invest in an older home, there’s a good chance that it has a wood burning fireplace rather than an electric one, which builders are now putting in the newer model homes. For those who have lived in an older home, they understand the importance of fireplace maintenance which means having the pit inspected as well as all the way up the flue. Now, with that being said, a licensed chimney inspector will <
- Posted: April 17, 2015Read more »
Everyone loves to curl up next to a warm and cozy fire during the winter, but the fire isn’t warm and cozy if you haven’t properly maintained your fireplace. A safe and clean fireplace is a warm and cozy fireplace, bottom line. So, how do you keep up on your fireplace maintenance? Lucky for you, we’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks for making sure you keep your fireplace and chimney liner in good shape so that when winter hits, you’re all set to throw in some fresh firewood and light it up.<