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How to Stop a Drafty Fireplace | Solve Fireplace Draft Issues

Drafty Fireplace inside HomeFor 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.

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Chimney Rain Caps: Do It Yourself Installation Advantages

Chimney rain cap stainless steelWhy invest in a Stainless Steel Chimney Cap?

There are several dangers in not investing in a Stainless Steel Chimney Cap.  They are as follows: excessive moisture from rain and snow, debris from leaves and sticks, birds bats and other animals, sparks can fly from top of chimney in a chimney fire, and water in your furnace.

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How Do Chimneys Work? How a Chimney Works Explained

What Makes A Good Chimney?

When you think about installing a wood stove, your next thought should be about the chimney. The best, most well built stove, boiler, furnace, water heater etc... can only perform as well as the chimney that it’s connected to. They work together as a system. The chimney drives the system by exhausting flue gases from the stove and simultaneously pulling fresh combustion air into the stove. A continuous supply of air is crucial to maintaining a steady, hot fire. That supply of air is dependent on the ability of the chimney to exhaust flue gases as they are created by the combustion occurring in the stove. Air supply, combustion, and exhaust are all part of the same balanced process in a well-designed system. A lazy, smoldering fire, back puffing, sooting, and down drafting are all symptoms of a poorly designed chimney, or one that wasn’t intended for the stove or appliance it is being used with, in most cases the existing chimney is too large.

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Is a Stainless Steel Chimney Liner a Good Idea?

a piece of stainless steel chimney linerIs a stainless chimney liner a good idea? In a variety of situations, the answer to this question is "yes." Chimney liners are an important component of a fireplace system because they go a long way toward preventing dangerous chimney fires. They contain smoke, soot and carbon monoxide that are produced when you use your fireplace or furnace.



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