Creosote is the byproduct of incomplete combustion when wood is burned. There are three creosote stages. Some stages are unavoidable, while other stages are avoidable and dangerous. We explain the best techniques to reduce creosote buildup in your chimney.
Draft is the driving force that pulls smoke up the chimney. There are many factors that affect poor draft for your wood burning stove or fireplace.
When it comes to safely and efficiently venting your appliance, there are several different materials you will come across. Understanding the main differences between aluminum and stainless steel chimney liners will help in the decision process.
The average cost to have a chimney lined by a professional is going to be about $2500. The average DIY chimney liner installation is going to cost about $750 and could cost as high as $3000 for the material.
Chimney chase covers have a variety of applicable installations. Read more to learn about the common materials and signs to look for to determine if you need a replacement chimney chase cover.
As of January 1, 2021, purchasers of wood and pellet stoves qualify for a major tax credit. If your stove or insert qualifies, you are eligible to save on the total cost which includes installation (venting and related materials).
The male end of the stove pipe for wood burning should always point down and/or pointing at the stove. Also, the wood stove pipe should always be inserted into the collar of the stove outlet. We understand this concerns some homeowners, but we will explain why this is the correct way for wood stove pipe installation.
Pooling water on the top of the chase will cause inferior steel to rust more quickly. The cover should always shed water off the chimney. Water can sit on top of the chimney cover for days if the temperature is low and with no wind which expedites the corrosion process.
Often times, a water leak will occur before the cover has rusted through. This is caused by a faulty installation. Making sure all of the proper parts are installed is very important. One part missing and this can cause the setup to leak. The storm collar is the most forgotten part of a chase cover installation.
Usually improper installation of the cover is a key factor as to why the chimney is leaking. These next two photo examples are of chimney chase covers that were originally installed correctly, but when other home improvements, such as new siding was installed, makes it look like the chimney cover is the problem. Installing a new chimney chase cover can solve the leaks shown in these examples.