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How Your Fireplace Moves Heat

How Your Fireplace Moves Heat Introduction Heating your home with a fireplace is incredible. And it’s very rewarding when you have a wood stove with firewood that you cut and seasoned yourself.  And hopefully, the fireplace will generate lots of useful heat to keep...

Child Proofing Your Fireplace

Childproofing Your FireplaceIntroduction When it’s cold outside, there aren’t too many things better than sitting around a fireplace.  Especially when it’s snowing outside.  But that fireplace can make any parent a nervous wreck if they have babies and toddlers close...

Types of Chimney Deposits

Types of Chimney DepositsIntroduction If you follow along with this blog, you’d know that I talk a lot about creosote. Rightfully so, too. Creosote is the number one reason chimneys catch on fire.  But creosote isn’t the only kind of deposit that forms inside your...

A Simple Overview of Chimney Repairs

A Simple Overview of Chimney Repairs Introduction When you have a professional chimney company come out to your home, sometimes they’ll recommend a fix for your chimney.  First, good job for having a chimney inspection!  Second, it can be a little confusing to...

Chimney Basics Every Homeowner Needs to Know

11 Chimney Basics Every Homeowner Needs to Know Introduction Whether you just moved in, you’re moving in, or you’ve lived in your house for decades, your chimney can often be intimidating.  It’s not something we think about, except for when family comes over and we’re...

Combat Boots to Top Hats Overview

Combat Boots to Top Hats Overview

Combat Boots to Top Hats Overview Introduction In 2019 Patriot Chimney started a nonprofit called Combat Boots to Top Hats.  The goal and mission of our nonprofit is to provide meaningful work opportunities for combat veterans that are struggling to find work once...

Four Causes of Chimney Crown Cracks

Four Causes of Chimney Crown CracksIntroductionSome might say that your chimney is really the king of your house. After all, it has a crown.  Okay, nobody says that. But maybe they should.  Your crown is a fundamental part of your chimney. I’ve mentioned this before,...

Six Common Exterior Chimney Problems

Top 6 Common Exterior Chimney ProblemsIntroduction If you don’t think about your chimney’s exterior, don’t feel too bad. Chimney exteriors are often neglected by homeowners.  Even though you’re not alone, you really should start paying attention to all parts of your...

Chimney Odors Guide [2020]

The Complete Guide to Chimney Odors [2020]Introduction Your fireplace is designed to be a source of comfort for you and your family. But sometimes that comfort is interrupted because your fireplace stinks.  Fireplace smells & odors can come from several different...

FAQs About Chimney Leaks

FAQs About Chimney Leaks [2020]IntroductionChimney leaks are a hot topic during the spring and summer months.  Most of the time, they happen during the colder months and you’ll start noticing you have a leak a few months later.  Since they’re so common, I wanted to...

Top Seven Benefits to a Clean Chimney

Top 7 Benefits to a Clean ChimneyIntroductionHaving a chimney and a fireplace can be one of the better joys in your life. I know it sounds crazy, but think about it. Your fireplace is the centerpiece of your living room. It’s probably where your TV is hanging up. It’s...

Gas Fireplace Maintenance Guide

Gas Fireplace Maintenance GuideIntroduction Fireplaces are usually the centerpiece in your home. Fall and winter would lose their charm if you didn’t have your fireplace to warm you up after spending time out in the cold. And you probably bought a gas fireplace...

14 Things You Should Never Burn In Your Fireplace

14 Things You Should Never Burn In Your Fireplace Introduction Fireplaces can burn just about anything you want to toss into it. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that you should toss anything you want into your fireplace. In fact, many things can be downright...

Six Famous Fireplaces

Six Famous Fireplaces [a picture guide]Introduction Fireplaces are pretty popular in homes.  60% of new homes have at least one fireplace. Only 36% of homes built in the 70s were built with a fireplace.  Somehow, with all of the fireplaces around some have emerged as...

Top 5 Tips to Minimize Creosote Build-Up

Top 5 Tips to Minimize Creosote Build-Up Introduction   Creosote is no joke.  It’s a naturally occurring byproduct of burning wood and it lingers in your chimney until you remove it.  As the moisture from the wood mixes with the smoke that burns, it creates a...

Burn Season: What It Means & How to Prepare For It

Burn Season - What it Means & How to Prepare for ItIntroduction The chimney industry isn’t known for clever naming conventions. We call the season that you use your fireplace the Burn Season.  See what I mean?  We expand that time to include August because that is...

What Do the Chimney Stains Mean?

What Do the Chimney Stains Mean? IntroductionChimneys are beautiful.  That’s a fact. Not an opinion.  But nothing can make a chimney more unappealing than staining or discoloration. In addition to just being an eyesore, chimney discoloration can also be a clear sign...

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