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7 Essential Tips for Safe and Efficient Wood-Burning Stoves and Fireplaces

Fireplaces and wood stoves are an economical way of heating your home and the breath-taking fire adds ambiance and warmth to your space. However, these heating appliances can also result in injuries and chimney fires if you’re not careful. Fortunately, by following a few safety tips you can minimize the risks, and enjoy the warm glow of a burning fire during chilly winter Read more…

Stay Cozy This Winter with the Right Fireplace

If you want to boost your winter enjoyment while cutting utility costs, a fireplace is the perfect investment. There aren’t as many fireplace options as there are unique snowflakes, but you definitely have a wide range of choices. From the type of fuel your fireplace burns to the level of convenience it provides to the style and how it matches your décor, the various Read more…

What is a Direct Vent Fireplace & How Does it Work?

It’s fairly common knowledge that gas fireplaces are efficient heating appliances and bring many advantages to homeowners.  What isn’t as well-understood is that there are different types of gas fireplaces, and some do their jobs a lot better than others.  Let’s take a look at the highly efficient direct-vent gas fireplace. One of the reasons traditional gas fireplaces aren’t as good for heating as direct-vent models is that they Read more…

How to Clean and Maintain Your Log Burner

Wood-burning fireplaces and stoves make great additions to any home.  Nothing beats a crackling fire with its seductive flames and rustic ambience.  But remember: any time you burn wood in a home heating appliance, you’re going to have a little maintenance and cleaning to do in order to ensure that the unit operates safely and correctly. Cleaning glass doors If your appliance includes glass doors, Read more…

What Does a Chimney Sweep Service Provide?

Homeowners across the country use wood-burning fireplaces and wood stoves to keep their family warm throughout the winter. It’s an economic heating solution, but how do you know whether or not your chimney is safe to use? Fire departments across the country respond to more than 25,000 residential structure fires annually, and a dirty chimney is the leading contributing factor in 1 out Read more…

Fire Prevention Week Oct. 8-14: Plan TWO Ways Out!

Every year, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) provides valuable reminders about the dangers of fires and strategies for preventing them. This year, Fire Prevention Week is October 8-14. The theme is: Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out! Families are provided with tips and strategies for making an action plan on what to do if a fire occurs. Home fires are a Read more…

Fall is the Time of Year to Make Sure Your Chimney is Clean & Safe

Summer’s over, and winter’s on the way, and that means another season of fireplace use.  In order to use your fireplace throughout the burning season with confidence and peace of mind, you’ll need the usual cleaning and inspection.  This year, why not have this service done early in the fall, rather than right when winter starts?  There are a couple good reasons to do this. Read more…

10-Point Fall Chimney Checklist

The fall season is a wonderful time of year. The weather is often just right, neither too hot nor too cold making it a great time to be outdoors enjoying the fresh air before winter sets in. But the fall season is also time to make sure the chimney is safe and ready for winter before it’s too late. Based on Read more…

With a New Chimney Liner, is it Necessary to Hire a Chimney Sweep?

Household upkeep can be a relentless drain on a bank account, and homeowners naturally look for expenses to eliminate. Any budget cuts should exclude safety measures, such as getting an annual chimney inspection done by an expert. Even if you’ve purchased a new chimney liner, it can be hazardous to skip annual inspections and needed chimney cleaning. The primary reason even a new chimney liner needs to be Read more…

Before Getting a Chimney Liner, Ask These 7 Questions

The chimney or flue liner is arguably the most important safety component that when installed and properly maintained prevents the intense heat, burning embers and dangerous gases of a burning fireplace from entering your living space.  In laboratory tests, it took less than four hours for nearby wood materials to catch fire from the intense heat of an unlined chimney, according to the Read more…

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