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How to Tell What Type of Fireplace You Have

In the minds of many people, a fireplace is a fireplace. It’s true, all fireplaces create flames with wood or gas and bring some level of warmth to a room. But no two fireplaces are the same. If you’re moving into a new home with an existing fireplace, or if you would like to know Read more

Fireplace Safety: Help Keep Pets Safe

While you’re curled up in the living room enjoying the warmth of a fire, you may not realize the dangers that a fireplace can pose to your pet. It may be hard to believe that a dog or cat could start a fire. But according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), pets accidentally cause Read more

How to Reduce Creosote in Your Chimney

As you enjoy the warmth of your fireplace, something else is building in your chimney. It’s called creosote, a sticky, tarry substance that becomes flammable in excessive quantities. And if you don’t take steps to minimize its accumulation, you increase the risk of a chimney fire. Many chimney fires go unnoticed until they spread to Read more

6 Smart Ways to Maximize Fireplace Heating Efficiency

Many homeowners look forward to the comforting sights, sounds, and aromas of a traditional wood-burning fireplace experience. Unfortunately, a traditional fireplace is not a very efficient source of home heating. That’s because as much as 80 percent to 90 percent of the heat produced exits the chimney. The following six tips will help you maximize Read more

How to Prepare for Your Chimney Sweep Appointment

There is nothing cozier than lighting up the fireplace to take the chill out of a cold winter’s day. But weather, age, and the by-products of combustion such as creosote can impact the performance of the chimney and create a safety hazard. So, it’s essential to schedule an appointment with a Certified Chimney Sweep® like Read more

Understanding Your Chimney from the Inside and Out

Let’s be honest; how well do you really know your chimney? The chimney is comprised of several critical components, and each one has a specific purpose. Together, they draw in oxygen to fuel the fire, push smoke and fumes out of your home and insulate the high heat within its structure. With a better understanding Read more

Is Your Chimney and Fireplace Ready for the Cooler Weather?

Fireplaces are an ideal way to heat your home during the winter. Not only does it add to the aesthetics of your living space, but it also helps cut down on heating costs during the colder months of the year. But it’s crucial to ensure that your fireplace is safe before lighting the first fire Read more

5 Accessories Every Fireplace Should Have

Accentuating your fireplace is an exciting way to add a warm and charming ambiance to your living space. Fireplace accessories are not only decorative but are also necessary tools to manage and control a wood-burning fireplace. Uplift your fireplace experience with these must-have accessories. Fireplace Tool Set A set of fireplace tools will allow you Read more

The Importance of Chimney Cleaning

When you light the fireplace or heating stove, smoke, soot and contaminants vent through a narrow flue pipe. It leaves a residue that stains the interior masonry walls, flue liner, fire shelf, damper, and other components. In addition to leaves, twigs, and debris, small animals and pests can get trapped inside. And moisture from humidity Read more

Chimney Caps, Chimney Crowns, and Chimney Chase Covers

At first glance, the chimney appears to be a single structure attached to the roofline of your home. But upon closer inspection, you will notice that the anatomy of a chimney is comprised of several components. The top three exterior parts are the chimney cap, chimney crown and chase cover. It’s important to not only Read more