Holy Smokes!

It’s that time of year again..  you open the door to the wood stove and smoke rolls into the room.  It doesn’t usually do this, but it’s gotten worse over the past few weeks.

Smoking issues in a wood stove can be caused by a myriad of reasons – clogs, warmer outside temperatures, wetter wood – but one very common issue in the late winter is a clogged spark screen on the cap.   Being above the chimney top and exposed to the cold air and elements, the thin metal of a cap collects a lot more creosote than the rest of the chimney.  It cakes on and eventually restricts the flow of flue gases which is what backs smoke up into the room.  The obvious solution to the problem is to remove the clog – not a difficult job, but it does require climbing to the roof and then to the chimney top.

Tempted to remove the screen completely?  Maybe you can, but they do serve two important functions.  First, they keep critters (such as squirrels, ducks, racoons, etc) out of the flue.  This is an issue in New Hampshire, particularly with flying squirrels.  Second, they keep burning bits of trash from escaping the chimney top and landing on your (flammable) shingle roof or the surrounding ground.  In some areas of the country where wildfire dangers are more prevalent, these screens are REQUIRED to be installed.

So, if you’re getting a face full of smoke from your stove when you open the door, this is one possible reason.  Give us a call and we’ll get you cleaned out, and check other possibilities too – we can handle the job safely!

Stay warm, Spring is coming!

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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)