Fireplace Information Blog

  1. Spring Cleaning Your Wood Burning Fire Place

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    Spring time is here! Which means it’s time for some therapeutic Spring cleaning around your house. Here at Fireside Chimney Supply, we want to make sure you are well informed on how to clean your wood burning fireplace. The first step in this cleaning process is to make sure that you are prepared to clean and have all the necessary equipment to complete the task. Below is a list of items that we recommend using when cleaning your fireplace:

     

    • Bristled nylon brush
    • Large bucket
    • Warm Water
    • Bleach—if you don’t mind the use of chemicals
    • Vinegar and baking soda—for a more natural approach
    • Drop cloth
    • Rags or towe
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  2. The Benefits of A Rumford Fireplace

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    A Rumford Fireplace is a true statement in beauty and utility. Here are some of the great features and benefits you can expect from a Rumford.

    Tall Openings For Better Drawing

    A Rumford always features a tall opening that creates a beautiful and efficient fire that your friends and family will love. The unique shape ensures that you will get the most heat out of the wood you burn.

    Narrow Opening Draws Away Smoke

    One of the biggest complaints fireplace owners have is the amount of smoke that can permeate

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  3. Do I Need A Chimney Cap?

    Do I Need A Chimney Cap?

     

    A chimney cap fits over the top of your chimney and prevents water from running down your chimney and into your stove, fireplace, and home. It is most important in climates that experience significant rainfall, but even those in drier areas should use one. Here are some of the advantages of a chimney cap.

    Prevents Bird Nests And Animals In Your Home

    No matter what size chimney you have, during the months that you are not burning a fire, birds may find it a very attractive place to build a nest and raise a family. Removing bird nests that are so high up on your home can cost you time and money and be very annoying when all you want to do is build a fire. Uncapped chimneys are more likely to allow wildlife into your home when no fire is present. Even if there are no visible animals, small animals can sometimes become trapped and die in a chimney.

    Reduces

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  4. How to Avoid Having Chimney Fires

    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

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  5. Types Of Fireplace Supplies You Need To Keep Fire Going

    Types Of Fireplace Supplies You Need To Keep Fire Going

    As the owner of a fireplace, you’ve probably spent more time than you would like trying to manage and maintain the perfect fire. Turn your back on a wood-burning fireplace for just a few minutes, and that flame may dwindle away before you know it.

    There are plenty of ways to fix that problem, as well as any other issues that may arise with other fireplaces.

    Many people have their own fool-proof methods for building a perfect fire, but everybody needs a little help sometimes. With the right supplies, you can make sure you keep the best possible fire going.

    Types of Fireplace Supplies

    A Chimney Brush

    Before lighting a fire, it’s a good idea to first make sure your chimney is clean. Even if you’ve never used it before, a build-up of leaves or animal nests can cause harmful blockages. There are professionals that can clean out your chimney for you, but you can also opt to do it yourself.

    Start by measuring the size of the chimney flue to deter

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  6. What is A Chimney Chase Cover?

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    There are many accessories that are able to improve the efficiency or overall look of both a fireplace and chimney. The chimney inserts that are used to improve the inside of chimneys and lengthen their life span are a great way to improve the quality of a chimney. Another thing chimneys need from time to time is the chimney chase cover. Moisture and rain can cause them to rust, and sometimes if a hole appears there will even be water that leaks down to the fireplace area.

    Fireside Chimney Supply carries chimney chase covers made of 24 gauge 304 stainless steel, and they are capable of solving the problems

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  7. How Wood Burns In the Fireplace

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    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

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  8. How to Heat A Home with A Fireplace and Chimney Liner

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    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

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  9. 3 Fun Fireside Winter Drink Ideas

    chimney suppliesWe’re getting excited, because it’s now the time of year that fires aren’t just enjoyable – they are necessary! Many times they are an essential component of a home during the winter time. During a recent stay in North Carolina, my friend told me that he uses his fireplace to heat his home during the entire winter! We spent some time gathering firewood to be able to burn throughout the duration of the cold winter months. What a way to save energy and cost on heating bills, especially when you have the proper chimney liner and chimney caps in place to prevent heat from escaping through the top and walls of the chimney.

    Along with being economical and a great place to sit during the winter, the fireside is also

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  10. Chimney Pots: See What You've Been Missing

    Chimney Pots: See What You've Been Missing

    Via The Ledger Independent 

    Chimney pots date back to the 13th century, and are typically associated with England.  However, there is research that shows they were used in the Roman Empire, India and Australia.

    Chimney Pots

    The purpose of a chimney pot was quite simple and ingenious:  they were used to extend the chimney in order to improve the draft and keep odors and smoke from coming into the building.

    Life Before A Chimney Pot

    Think back to how homes and businesses were constructed years ago:  the only source of heat was the fireplace.  The bigger the structure, the more fireplaces you had. For example, with a structure like the Lee House in Maysville, which was an Inn during its heyday, a three story building would have fireplaces on each floor, with numerous flues in one chimney.

     

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