For centuries, homeowners have been using fireplaces to heat their homes. Wood is the oldest fuel used to heat residential homes. In this day and age, people have found alternative ways to heat their homes, from oil fired boilers, natural gas furnaces, propane heaters and electric baseboard heaters. Fireplaces are now used for nothing more than being aesthetically pleasing. Fireplaces have turned into a place where heating and cooling is lost. There are ways to reduce the energy loss, it’s just a matter of what you want out of our fireplace.Read More
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As preparation for the winter heating season has gotten under way, making sure the chimney is functioning safely is important. An estimated 14,500 chimney fires happen every year due to neglected, creosote filled chimney flues. Heating appliances, as well as venting systems, can take serious abuse during the heating season. Taking the time to make sure the proper maintenance has been done to the chimney will ensure a warm, safe heating season.
5/13/2015 2:32 PM
Many homeowners decide to sweep their own chimneys. This is perfectly acceptable with the right tools and knowledge. You will need to understand which tools are right for your appliance, the proper sweeping procedure, and why you need a chimney inspection annually. Sweeping your own chimney can save you money and helps ensure a safe chimney system.
5/11/2015 2:35 PM
A chimney brush is a tool that is used to clean the chimney flue, a task that can be accomplished by the do-it-yourselfer. Cleaning the inside of your chimney will help prevent fires and harmful fumes from coming into your home. It is recommended that you clean your chimney at the end of the heating season, or before making the first fire of the season.
4/10/2015 7:35 PM
Having an insulated chimney plays an important role in any chimney construction or modification. When installing a new liner for your heating appliance — whether it is a furnace, hot water heater, wood-burning insert or stove, or existing fireplace — consider insulating the liner. Chimney liner insulation offers many benefits in terms of improved system safety, increased efficiency and reduced maintenance cost, and in just a short period of time could pay for itself. By keeping combustion gases hot until they leave the flue, your insulated chimney liner will accumulate less moisture and creosote. Ultimately your appliance will burn more efficiently, the liner will have less creosote deposits, and fewer cleanings will be needed than with uninsulated liners, saving time and money.
4/3/2015 7:56 PM
When installing a new chimney liner, most likely you will need to cut your liner to the correct size. This is a job you can handle with proper preparation.
3/19/2015 11:23 AM
How much do you really know about fireplaces and chimneys? Sometimes what we think we know isn't exactly true! Which of these commonly held opinions are correct and which ones are just myths?
Myth or Truth: Stay away from burning pine; it creates creosote buildup in your chimney.
While this myth may be as old as fire itself, several recent studies have concluded that while pine and other soft woods contain more sap than other types of wood, hardwoods like oak could create more creosote than pine and softwoods. The reason is that if the softwoods are dry, they create a hotter, more intense fire from the sap. The draft created by the hotter fire moves the air up and out the chimney more quickly.
3/18/2015 8:04 PM
Is there a large hole in your living area that is directly connected to the outside? There is if you have a fireplace with a chimney.
The damper is an important part of your fireplace chimney. It does more than just control the amount of heat your fireplace sends into the room; it can also help prevent heated air loss through the chimney or down drafts when the chimney is not in use. An improperly sealing or broken damper could increase your heating and cooling costs significantly, and these days, it is important to conserve as much as possible.
3/18/2015 7:45 PM
Clearance to walls and surfaces is an important consideration when choosing and installing heating appliances. While there are many situations to cover when speaking about clearances, in this article we will try to address the ones that are most frequently asked about.
3/18/2015 7:21 PM
There is no job that is so critical that it needs to be completed in haste or with disregard for personal safety. Climbing onto a roof may seem fairly simple, but there are many safety considerations that you need to keep in mind at all times.Read More
3/18/2015 7:12 PM
Fireplaces that let smoke into a room are one of the most common complaints. Occasionally these problems can be solved with operational changes; however, there are a number of design characteristics in the chimney, fireplace and house that can be at fault. Before spending money on a “Guaranteed Solution”, do some simple investigating and testing for results.
3/18/2015 6:47 PM
Spring is a good time to do a cleaning and inspection of all accessible areas of your chimney interior and exterior.
Learn how to size your chimney flue for a chimney pot. This chart displays guidelines based on typical dimensions of flue liners. Flue dimensions will vary depending upon manufacturer and age of flue liner. Be sure to accurately measure the flue liner before ordering a chimney pot to insure that the pot will fit properly.Read More