Fireplace Information Blog

  1. Tips for Maintaining Your Fireplace

    Tips for Maintaining Your Fireplace

    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

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  2. 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 avenues for smoke to escape from your home, but they are also a way for air to come in.  Knowing exactly what your chimney damper is, what it does, and how to control it will ensure better, safer, and more enjoyable fireside chats.

    An Inactive Fireplace

    Like we said before, when your fireplace isn’t in use, your chimney damper still has a job to do.  An open chimney damper will allow air into your home, so if it’s a cold night and you just can’t seem to warm up, make sure that your chimney damper is closed.  A closed chimney damper will prevent unwanted air of any temperature from making its way into your home.

    An Active Fireplace

    When starting a fire in your fireplace, making sure that your ch

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  3. Why You Should Consider A Chimney Liner

    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

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  4. 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 the very beginning. For safety reasons, getting your chimney inspected when you first move into an older home is a good idea. In fact, if you are considering purchasing a home then be sure to ask about the condition of the chimney because you may be able to get repairs included in your offer price.

    A UL Listed or UL Standard Chimney Liner is an Investment

    Chimney liners should be UL listed or at least made to UL standards. This ensures that your liner is safe and up to modern standards.

     Stainless Steel Liners

     Stainless steel liners are usually made of 316Ti grade because it can stand up to the combustion byproducts and associated corrosion. This helps your chimney liner last longer.

    Insulated Liners are Best

    An insulated chimney liner is best for any fireplace or heating system although it is not required for gas or oil. Different grades of

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  5. 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 towels
    • Protective eyewear and gloves


    To begin, place the drop cloth on the floor in front of your fireplace. Next, you are going to want to remove the log holder. To remove the ash, hose the holder down and gently scrub it off. If you want, you can use nonflammable polish after the scrub down. After cleaning the log holder, you are going to want to shovel out any built-up ash into a waste bin. The shop vac should be used to suck up any of the ash that you couldn’t shovel up.


    For the next step, use your bristled nylon brush to loosen anything that is stuck on the top or bottom of your fireplace. Typically, a shop vac can be used to loosen and suck in the extra gunk. With your gloves on, mix the warm water with bleach and begin scrubbing the inside walls. If you are looking for a more natural approach then mix half of the water with 50% vinegar. This method may require additional elbow grease and a few repeated steps, but it does work! Lastly, rinse your fireplace with a wet cloth and pat dry with a rag or towel.


    For additional help or any questions that you may have, call a fireplace expert over at Fireside Chimney Supply! For over 20 years we have produced and manufactured the top chimney supplies in the Un

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  6. 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 a room, especially if someone is new to the art of using a fireplace. A Rumford has smooth and tapering sides that effectively draw smoke out the chimney instead of allowing it to linger and hinder the air quality of your home.

    Solid Construction And Masonry

    A Rumford fireplace kit is made to last. While metal fireplaces can show a lot of wear over the years or even need to be replaced, a masonry fireplace will still be offering your family classic good style for years to come. Many beautiful older and historic style homes have masonry fireplaces in them.


    Rumford fireplaces are a beautiful centerpiece to a room. A mantle over your fireplace can display cherished mementos or photos. Rumfords are often made of brick, but other types of stone can be used to better match the décor of your home.


    Rumford’s may look like they cost a lot but they are comparable to many metal fireplaces. Since they have a historical design that is in many elegant homes, people make the assumption that a Rumford is far outside the price range of the average homeowner.

    EPA Tested And Approved

    Many people are under the assumption that wood heat systems such as stoves and fireplaces will be outlawed by the EPA. While more regulations have come on board in recent years, you are still allowed to use wood heat. Rumfords are EPA tested and approved, so you don’t have to worry about rules regarding wood heat beyond your county building code regulations.

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  7. 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 Damage To Stove And Chimney

    Water can cause rust to your stove, chimney, or fireplace. Pitting and other damage can make your whole wood heating system look dingy and worn out. As expensive as a nice stove is, you owe it to yourself to have a good quality chimney cap to protect your investment. The expense is far less than the damage that can be done without a chimney cover.

    No Ice and Snow Accumulation

    During inclement weather, ice and snow can accumulate in a chimney which means your stove cannot exhaust or draw efficiently. With a chimney cover, you can enjoy a good rate of flow that allows for better and more efficient heating of your home. It is also important to remember that when temperatures warm up and ice melts, you can experience additional damage from the moisture.

    Professional Installation= All The Benefits

    While you can install a chimney cap yourself, if you have never worked on a roof

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  8. 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 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

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  9. 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 determine the size of brush you’ll need. Using a brush and extender pipes, first clean downward from the roof. Then clean from the bottom of the chimney to get any spots you may have missed.

    Once you’re finished, you can start building a fire.

    Dry, Seasoned Wood

    As the crucial element in any wood-burning fireplace, the wood you use is the most important.

    If you purchase wood from a dealer, first make sure it’s not wet or rotted. If you cut or gather the wood yourself, storage is key. Keep the wood stacked on the ground and covered for six months until it’s ready for use.

    Stacking the wood in a layered “log cabin” form makes for a more evenly-distributed burn. It also provides a better base for adding more logs to keep the fire going.

    A Good Set Of Fireplace Tools

    There are three common types of tools used in tending small fires: a fireplace poker, spade, and tongs.

    The poker is a steel rod that is used to adjust coal or wood burning i

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  10. What is A Chimney Chase Cover?

    chimney chase cover

    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 of rust appearing or a leaking chimney cover.

    Chimney Chase Cover Summary

    The chase cover is a metal cover that fits over the top of a chimney. In essence, it is what protects the fireplace from water dripping down from rainfall. The cover needs to be installed properly so that rainwater flows properly off and to the side. The chimney cap is placed on top

    The Importance of Using Stainless Steel

    It is critical that the chimney is capped off with a stainless steel chimney chase covers. There are some chimneys around that use galvanized covers, the problem with that is that the galvanized chimney covers, which are cheaper, are going to rust much quicker and not last as long as the stainless steel kind.

    Not for Masonry Chimneys

    Chimney Chase Covers are not for masonry chimneys, but are only for chimneys that are factory built. These chimneys have a rectangular top that the cover is made to fit on top of. Factory built chimneys are going to need a chimney chase cover.

    All Factory-built Chimneys Need It

    A rule of thumb with factory built chimneys is that they need a chimney chase cover. The cover is what protects the fireplace from the element, and even protects the home from unwanted creatures like squirrels and raccoons from entering the chimney and entering the home.

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