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6 Places You Didn’t Know a Fireplace Could Go

When we think of a “fireplace,” usually we conjure up images of a big, expansive structure made of heavy brick, roaring with flames inside the main room of a home.  This is a great way to use a fireplace, as testified by the hundreds of years folks have been doing it.  But why stop there?  With today’s amazing designs and fireplace technologies, you can have the beauty […]

4 Reasons Your Chimney May Smell and What to Do About Them

Have you been noticing odd odors in your home?  If you’ve eliminated most other possible causes, it’s time to look at your chimney.  A variety of things can cause a chimney to give off an unpleasant smell.  Fortunately, they’re all easy to fix, once you’ve pinpointed the problem. Air pressure issues If your home is “air-tight,” you might have a negative air pressure situation that is preventing air […]

Up in Smoke: Don’t Forget to Maintain Your Wood Burning Fireplace

Christmas is right around the corner and the temperature keeps dropping to remind us. It’s the perfect time to pull out your fireplace tools and light up the hearth. After the fire goes out, don’t forget to maintain your fireplace! Few things would be as devastating as a fire just before the holidays. If you aren’t careful, this could happen to you.  Here are […]

Keeping Your Fireplace Insert Clean In Between Chimney Sweepings

Fireplace inserts are ideal appliances when your current fireplace isn’t doing a great job with heating and cost-saving.  Inserts are pre-made to fit directly inside an existing firebox.  They’re well-insulated and highly efficient, especially when compared to a traditional masonry fireplace. Like with any kind of fireplace, however, inserts need to be cleaned and kept up.  Your chimney sweep will handle the larger annual cleaning task […]

Why Natural Stone is an Great Choice for New Fireplace Upgrade

For homeowners who want the most elegant in fireplace design along with durability and efficiency, look no further than a natural stone surround.  People enjoy natural stone because the material is very low-maintenance, resists wear, rot and mold, retains heat, and looks absolutely amazing. Here’s a little about five of the most popular natural stone choices for the hearth area. 1. Granite Strong, easy to […]

Tips on Selecting the Perfect Fireplace Insert

Thinking about converting an old, inefficient masonry fireplace with a modern, heat-generating insert?  That’s a smart move for homeowners who desire a beautiful appearance and plenty of heat.  Where do you start?  Let’s look at the process. First: Size A fireplace insert is a pre-made unit that fits, self-contained, into an existing space (i.e., the firebox of the current fireplace).  Start by measuring your firebox from back to front, side […]

3 Ways a Fireplace Insert Can Cut Costs

Do you feel like your fireplace barely produces heat no matter how many logs you throw on the fire or how quickly you feed it new ones? If you do, you aren’t alone. Many homeowners give up on the idea of using their fireplace to heat their home because most the fire’s warmth gets lost up the chimney.   If your fireplace […]

Fire Prevention Week – Plan 2 Ways Out!

October 8-14 is Fire Prevention Week, sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).  This year’s theme is “Every Second Counts – Plan 2 Ways Out.”  House fires happen for a variety of reasons, but regardless of the cause, it’s critically important that people within the home realize that in a fire, every second counts! It is highly advised to have an Annual Chimney Cleaning to be […]

We Build Outdoor Pizza Ovens

Along with other masonry services, our fireplace experts build outdoor fireplaces fire pits, and brick ovens. Our CSIA certified chimney sweeps understand fire science and what it takes to create the best outdoor products for function and safety. Many consumers prefer barbecue grills and outdoor kitchens for cooking and entertaining because of the benefits like: […]

Why Your Chimney Smells Bad

There’s nothing worse than a summer gathering ruined by a stinky chimney! It’s actually quite common in the summer months when humidity rises and moisture mingles with soot and creosote. A dirty chimney will mean a stinky chimney, so the best way to avoid the occurrence is to make sure your chimney system is cleaned […]