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Building a New Home? Don’t Settle for a Builder Grade Fireplace.

There are many things to oversee when you’re having a new home built. One of the things you definitely should make sure is done right is the fireplace. Your construction crew can build a fireplace, but likely they’ll use what’s known as “builder grade” materials – not the worst materials on earth, but certainly not […] Read more

How a Dirty Chimney Can Make You Sick

The fireplace is a respite for comfort at any time of year. Whether it’s staying warm on a chilly night, or entertaining guests on a Saturday afternoon, many families spend a lot of time gathering around the fireplace. Most homeowners are probably unaware that a dirty chimney can make them sick. Creosote Creosote is a […] Read more

Why You Should Consider Heating With Renewable Wood Energy

People have been using wood to heat their domiciles ever since . . . well, ever since people started heating their domiciles. Today, we still heat with wood, although the way we do it is a little more advanced (and safe) than it was many centuries ago. If you’re thinking about adding a new fireplace, fireplace […] Read more

Different Types of Chimney Caps: What You Should Know

Chimney caps are designed to protect the flue opening at the top of the chimney from damaging rain and snow. Some types of chimney caps go even further in their protective abilities. Let’s look at the two main types of chimney caps. Generic chimney caps This type of cap adds a solid layer of protection […] Read more

Why Is My Chimney Leaning and How Do I Fix It?

It’s not a good sign when you look up at the chimney and notice it leaning away from your house. It’s no optical illusion, and it is a dangerous situation. Depending on its size, a brick chimney can weigh over 8,500 pounds. It is secured to the foundation and attached to the roofline. But when […] Read more

Facts About Squirrels and Your Chimney

A chimney is an inviting place for squirrels, small birds, and other critters, looking to build a cozy nest away from the reach of predators. Most homeowners don’t realize that the neighborhood critters are using the chimney as a hotel until they hear the pattering, squealing, and gnawing of critters in the night. The chimney […] Read more

What’s Causing My Chimney Bricks To Start Leaning?

It’s not a good sign when you look up at the chimney and notice it leaning away from your house. It’s no optical illusion, and it is a dangerous situation. Depending on its size, a brick chimney can weigh over 8,500 pounds. It is secured to the foundation and attached to the roofline. But when […] Read more

Chimney Drafting Problems? A Chimney Pot Might Solve Them.

Does your fireplace periodically (or regularly) have drafting problems? Does smoke back up into the house when you’re burning a fire? Are your fires sluggish and never seem to get up and roar? A “yes” answer to any of these questions may point to a drafting issue. If this is the case, a chimney pot […] Read more

What Can I Do About Cold Air Coming from My Fireplace?

It’s pretty purpose-defeating to use a fireplace to heat your home and have that same fireplace be a conduit to bring in cold air from outside. Fortunately, there are solutions to this all-too-common problem, some simple, others a little more involved. Let’s take a look. The place to start is with understanding the chimney/fireplace system. […] Read more

Protecting Your Chimney from Water Damage

Your chimney is a durable structure built to withstand the destructive nature of wind, fire, and ice. But weather can take its toll even on the toughest chimneys. The constant exposure to harsh weather conditions, like wind, rain, and snow, can accelerate its deterioration. And water is its greatest threat. It takes vigilance to prevent […] Read more