Does My Smoke Chamber Need Parging?

From the outside, your chimney may look quite simple, but it’s actually the opposite. The chimney and venting system may be the largest system in your home and can be affected by many different factors ranging from weather to neglect. Your chimney may need service such as a smoke chamber parge for reasons such as construction, maintenance, and performance over time. If you need a smoke chamber parge, there is a good reason, and our customers always see an improvement after this work.

What is a Smoke Chamber?smoke chamber chimney inspection in Henniker NH

The smoke chamber is a space right above the firebox where particles and heat mix to make smoke before rising up the chimney. Without this space, the hot air would rise up the chimney without taking the particles along with it. The smoke chamber includes a shelf above the flue called a smoke shelf. This prevents the smoke from falling back into the fireplace and into the home. The smoke chamber should be constructed in the shape of an inverted funnel, forcing the smoke into the flue. According to fire code, the walls in the smoke chamber should be at a certain slant and parged smooth to promote the best airflow. Luckily, parging corrects a damaged smoke chamber.


Your Smoke Chamber May Need Attention If:

  • The chimney was built incorrectly. If the smoke chamber walls are not at the correct slant, a professional chimney sweep can correct it with a smoke chamber parge. The finished product will be smooth and slanted correctly.
  • The walls are uneven or have corbelled steps. This slows airflow and allows soot and creosote to build up in the uneven spaces. Parging can smooth the surface and return the smoke chamber to full function and efficiency.
  • If you’ve noticed a drop in efficiency. Your smoke chamber may be causing slow airflow which drops efficiency. It can also lead to carbon monoxide exposure.
  • If you haven’t had a chimney inspection in the last twelve months. Only a professional can properly assess the chimney system from top to bottom, noting hazards like corbelled steps and spalling masonry.

What to Expect From a Smoke Chamber Parge

At Black Moose Chimney & Stove, our technicians are experienced and courteous professionals. First, we remove creosote glaze from the smoke chamber and apply an insulating mix to the wall. This seals the cracks, holes, or gaps, smooths the surface, and finally creates an airtight, insulating finished surface.

When you’re ready to schedule your chimney sweep, diagnostic inspection, or masonry services including parging, contact Black Moose today! Call 603-525-7905 or request an appointment online!

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John RantaJohn Ranta
17:01 22 Mar 24
They arrived on time, worked quickly and showed me the results. Prfessional throughout. jr
william greenwilliam green
23:21 14 Mar 24
Really helped me out can't say enough good things highly recommend!!!! The young man that came to my home was very knowledgeable and friendly great attitude all around answered all my questions and left me stress free best of all left no mess.🤙🏻🤙🏻
Michael Dell'OrtoMichael Dell'Orto
18:39 14 Mar 24
Jaime ConleyJaime Conley
17:13 14 Mar 24
Sarah GilliattSarah Gilliatt
01:46 13 Mar 24
A very thorough and careful job done! Thank you.
Larry CookLarry Cook
15:11 07 Mar 24
I wanted to give 5 stars but they are very busy which meant I had a good wait for both the inspection/cleaning, then for a quote on repairs and then for the repairs. Their prices seemed a little high to me but I have nothing to compare with as they were highly recommended by someone I trust and other companies had plenty of negatives reviews which kept me from getting additional quotes. I am happy with the work and they promptly returned to fix a mistake that had been made. Chris the inspector, Jennifer in the office, and Alex and his repair crew were all pleasant and took the time to answer all of my questions. Alex and his crew even took their shoes off (it was winter) before entering my house without even being asked! So if you are not in a rush and want to ensure you chimney is as safe as possible then I think you'll be happy with Black Moose.
Rebecca DeFuscoRebecca DeFusco
22:35 21 Feb 24
After a recent sweep of our chimney, it was discovered that our flue tiles were cracked. Black Moose techs were hard working, detail oriented and professional! Nice jobs guys! See you next year for my cleaning!
Karen CKaren C
14:52 14 Feb 24
Excellent I highly recommend Black Moose Chimney and Stove; Kelly and Liam are awesome, they did a great job. Extremely professional, arrived early, went through everything with a fine tooth comb ensuring pellet stove was thoroughly cleaned. They also were respectful of my home, conscientious and cleaned up after themselves. Made sure stove worked prior to leaving and told me to call promptly if anything came up afterward. Will definitely use them again.
Denise ClarkDenise Clark
16:32 31 Jan 24
We've had Black Moose clean our chimney for a number of years.But recently, we had an emergency situation at our home involving our chimney & oil furnace flue, which was caked full of soot from a malfunctioning furnace. They came & cleaned out both flues in no time, even going up on the roof with snow on it! They cleaned up after their work in the interior rooms where the oil furnace and the woodstove are located. Great work. Reasonable prices. Very nice people. You can't go wrong with Black Moose.
Joe GJoe G
18:30 24 Jan 24
Goods: The technicians know their business, very efficient in cleaning/inspection along with cleaning up after the 'dirty work'.Others: Communications could be more effective. Despite early coordination about scope of work (multiple flues within same chimney) the estimate provided did not reflect this and the final invoice was significantly more than the estimate provided.Quote for follow-on chimney relining was significantly more than that offered by other companies in the area (and far more than neighbors experienced for similar work accomplished by other companies)