How Often Should My Chimney Be Cleaned?

The job of a chimney sweep is to remove debris and build-up in your chimney. Creosote and other debris accumulate in your chimney so it’s recommended to have your chimney cleaned by a professional chimney sweeper at least once a year. Over time creosote, a flammable substance which builds up in your chimney or liner … Read more

Back puffing – have you had this problem?

Specialty caps and cap dampers can solve back puffing problems. As the weather gets colder and we close up our homes, turn on the furnace and use our fireplaces, we sometimes experience smoke coming back into the room.  Why does this happen? The underlying cause of back puffing is negative pressure.  When your home is … Read more

Should I have my chimney checked – masonry or brick?

Do you have a masonry or a brick chimney?  Is your fireplace wood burning or is it gas?  Did you use it at all this last year?  However you answered those questions actually makes no difference.  The answer is the same.  You need to have your wood burning chimney inspected every year and swept as … Read more

Maintenance is key to Safety

Just like changing the oil in your car prolongs its life, the same is true for fireplaces and woodstoves. The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) recommends all wood burning systems (fireplaces and woodstoves) be structurally checked annually and have their chimneys swept as necessary. Spring is the best time of year to do it because … Read more

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town…Is Your Chimney Ready?

It was the night BEFORE the night before Christmas, and the North Pole was in final preparations for the big night.  Final touches were put on the toys and gifts that Santa would deliver around the world the next night.  Lists were being checked and double-checked – who was naughty and who was nice? Mrs. … Read more

NBC’s Today Show Hidden Camera Report on Chimney Sweeps…and Why Dr. SOOT would not be caught!

On October 12th, NBC’s Today Show did a hidden camera report on chimney sweeps.  With the weather getting colder it is important to make sure that your fireplace and chimney are in good working order, and that your chimney is clean, before you touch a match to that first fire of the year.  There is … Read more

The Elegance and Comfort of Electrical Fireplaces

Sometimes there is nothing better than a warm fire in the fireplace.  When the beauty of the changing Aspens is offset by the chill in the air, or the sparkle of the snow is outdone by the cold, or even if you just want to add a little romance to your evening, flames flickering in … Read more