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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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Smoking Fireplace Problems | Troubleshoot a Smokey Fireplace

Smoking fireplace problemFireplaces 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.

 

 

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Chimney Myths or Truths - Quiz Yourself!

mythological phoenixHow 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. 

 

 

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Fireplace Dampers | Put a Top Damper on the Top of Your To Do List

chimney top damperIs 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.

 

 

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Benefits of Chimney Liner Insulation - Do I Need to Insulate my Liner?

exampleHaving 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.

 

 

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