Fireplace Questions & Answers

  1. 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...
  2. Troubleshooting A Chimney Draft Problem

    Troubleshooting A Chimney Draft Problem
    When you’re attempting to fix any problem, it helps to know a little bit about how the system you’re troubleshooting works. In terms of fixing a chimney, there are several confusing terms, some more technical than others. However, if there’s one thing you need to know about chimneys, it’s that even the simplest chimney draft problems can create an unhealthy and unforgiving living environment. Continue reading
  3. How to Keep Your Fireplace Safe and Maintained

    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. Continue reading
  4. Preparing Your Chimney for the Off Season

    After winter, when the temperatures begin to rise, you’ll notice you do not have to light as many fires as you did, so there’s really no need to keep your chimney open. While you don’t need to clean your fireplace as soon as that last bit of snow melts, it’s a good idea to add it to your spring cleaning list that you’ve been working on. Continue reading
  5. What you need to know to Prevent Chimney Fires

    Chimneys always seem like a relatively easy concept, right? You put the wood in, make sure the flue is open, and then light the fire. Well, there’s actually a lot more that’s going on that makes it a far more complex concept that deals with the oxidation of carbon, water, draft induced by the change in temperature, and vaporization. All of these elements, if not properly managed, can start a chimney fire. Continue reading
  6. Everything You Need to Know About Chimneys

    Whether you have a wood burning stove, furnace, or fireplace, there's no way it can function without a chimney. Your chimney is essentially the engine that drives your wood heating system, the heat being the fuel. The more fuel you give the engine, the more powerful it becomes and when you compare that to how fireplaces work, the more heat, the greater the draft. Continue reading
  7. 5 Questions to Ask When Getting a New Chimney Liner

    While a majority of homes today have gas fireplaces, some still require the old fashioned chimney liner kit. For those homeowners who have a legitimate wood burning fireplace, keeping it clean is crucial for prevent fires or any toxic fumes from entering the home. When you look at the construction of a chimney, the liner may not seem like an important aspect, but it's one of the most important. Continue reading

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