Rockford Chimney Supply Newsletter | November-December 2011
Winterize Your Chimney
Before the snow gets too deep... be sure to get your chimney ready for winter!
At the beginning of the heating season it's a good idea to clean and inspect your chimney, or have it cleaned and inspected professionally. Do this now if you haven't done it already. Make sure there are no obstructions, leaves, bird or animal nests, or other debris blocking the flue. Excess creosote buildup can lead to chimney fires and should be removed.
Of course, when doing any work on the roof, you should always follow proper safety precautions and be sure to check for and avoid overhead power lines. Inspect the top of the chimney, chimney cap, flashings and other connections to make sure they are solid. If you don't have a chimney cap, consider getting one: it will keep critters, leaves and rain out of your flue. Clear the roof of leaves and trim away overhanging branches.
Also check the chimney liner carefully for any cracks or damage. If the inspection reveals any damage to the liner, play it safe and reline your chimney before building another fire. You don't want carbon dioxide or sparks coming in through the cracks.
Sweep out and clean your fireplace, too. If you have a wood or pellet stove, inspect it for cracks or damage and make sure all the parts are in good working order. Take care of any necessary repairs.
Make sure your firewood is dry and ready to burn. Resist the temptation to burn boxes, gift wrap and other trash in your fireplace or stove - this is not safe and could start a chimney fire.
Then you can enjoy the winter curled up in front of your cozy fire!
Rockford's Top Ten Holiday Gift Ideas:
Our number one suggestion is this charming little chiminea that can hold small logs to brighten up a winter patio or candles to add a warm glow to your living area. Small enough to box up for a day at the beach, the Sun Ray Chiminea is perfect for your travel camper, small patio or backyard garden.
Decorate a deck, shed or roof with one of these beautiful, easy to install weathervanes. The laser-cut designs are metal with a durable weatherproof finish. Add a classic touch of class! If you need a place to mount it, you can also get a charming cupola to add to your roof.
Do you know someone with a fireplace, wood stove, or barbeque? These cedar fire starters make starting up a fire a breeze instead of a chore. Available in boxes of 36 or 72 for a season's worth of easy starts!
Keep your firewood up off the ground and away from moisture. An optional cover gives even more protection from rain and the elements.
Just for wood stove owners: this amazing fan creates its own electricity from the heat of the stove and distributes warm air through the room. Available in two sizes and colors.
Warm up a cool outdoor night with this cute portable heater that sits on your patio table. Propane fueled.
This clever inflatable product seals your chimney against downdrafts and keep out sooty smells. Easy to install and removes easily when you're ready to make a fire.
A clean and classy way to tote firewood!
An elegant addition to any home with a wood stove or fireplace, these tools are not only handy when managing a fire, but look impressive at all times.
10. Gift Certificate
At your wit's end? Don't know what to buy? Let them choose their own gift with our Rockford Chimney Gift Certificate!
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