There are National Fire Codes that require all flammable materials to be at least 6" from the fireplace opening, and depending on the overhang and material of the mantel, that distance could be more.
If you don’t already have a good chimney sweep, asking around in your community for a chimney sweep with a "good reputation" could be an option, but a better option, would be going to the CSIA website.
Despite their common use and other similarities, Silicone and Polyurethane sealants are the two most commonly used. They each have different ways of getting the job done.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.