Why a Smoke Chamber Parge is Important

Your fireplace is only one part of your chimney system, and no part can be neglected. The smoke chamber keeps your chimney working because it funnels the smoke into the chimney, and out of the house. If the smoke chamber doesn’t work properly, your chimney’s safety and efficiency declines. The smoke chamber, fireplace, and chimney become more susceptible to damages, as well.

Why a Smoke Chamber Parge is Important - Hillsborough NH - Black Moose Chimney & StoveWhat is Parging?

Parging is a layer of mortar applied to the walls of the smoke chamber. This mortar is beneficial for a few reasons. It’s a necessity to repair cracks and irregularities in the smoke chamber. In addition, correcting structural issues that may not adhere to code requirements. Your chimney sweep should assess your smoke chamber during a routine chimney inspection, and will recommend parging if needed.

Why Parge?

Common reasons that Black Moose recommends parging may include:

  • Cracks and holes in the masonry. Cracks in the masonry can allow air to escape from the smoke chamber. Consequently, this affects the draft that pulls the smoke up into the flue and out the chimney.  Applying mortar closes these gaps as well as protects against new cracks occurring.
  •  Irregularities and uneven masonry. If the smoke box was constructed poorly, the walls may be uneven. This is because of poor stone placement and bulging mortar between the bricks. Parging covers and  smooths these irregularities, and leaves a smooth surface that helps airflow. Air flow improves draft and efficiency of the chimney.
  • Code regulations. Most building codes require smoke chambers to be parged. If your smoke chamber hasn’t been parged, it’s most likely because your home is older than your local building codes. It might  also be that previous homeowners have avoided the job. Therefore, purposefully staying in violation of building codes. This is not recommended. It’s likely that your homeowners will not cover an accidental  fire that occurs in a fireplace and chimney system that isn’t up to code.

Call the Professionals At Black Moose. All of our technicians are CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep® (CCS). We are aware of most building codes in our service area. Learning to parge is not part of the requirements to earn a certification from Chimney Safety Institute of America. However, Black Moose technicians are trained and experienced in mixing durable mortar and applying a smooth surface for optimum chimney efficiency.

When you choose Black Moose for your parging, you can count on professional and timely service every time. An expert mason is standing by to take your call 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)