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What is a Stove Pipe

What is a Stove Pipe?IntroductionTrying to figure out what kind of pipe you need to install for your fireplace, stove, or any other venting hearth appliance can be a daunting task.  The pipe needs to be a specific size in order to exhaust properly. You can’t mix...

What is a Pellet Vent Pipe

What is a Pellet Vent Pipe?IntroductionTrying to figure out what kind of pipe you need to install for your fireplace, stove, or any other venting hearth appliance can be a daunting task.  The pipe needs to be a specific size in order to exhaust properly. You can’t mix...

What is a Direct Vent Pipe

What is a Direct Vent Chimney?IntroductionTrying to figure out what kind of pipe you need to install for your fireplace, stove, or any other venting hearth appliance can be a daunting task.  The pipe needs to be a specific size in order to exhaust properly. You can’t...

What is a Class A Chimney

What is a Class A Chimney? IntroductionTrying to figure out what kind of pipe you need to install for your fireplace, stove, or any other venting hearth appliance can be a daunting task.  The pipe needs to be a specific size in order to exhaust properly. You can’t mix...

A Simple Guide to British Thermal Units (BTUs)

A Simple Guide to British Thermal Units (BTUs) Introduction If you’ve ever shopped for an air conditioner or a heater, you’ve probably noticed the term BTU in the specifications. But what is a BTU? What does it stand for? How is it relevant? BTU stands for British...

How to Choose the Right Venting for Your Fireplace

How to Choose the Right Venting for Your Fireplace Introduction Choosing the right venting components is critical for proper performance and safety.  This rings true for whether you just bought a new fireplace, or you’re just needing to replace the pipe for an old...

Gas Fireplace Buying Guide

Gas Fireplace Buying Guide Introduction Gas fireplaces and stoves are very popular these days. It makes sense too. It’s easier and usually cleaner to use gas instead of wood. Plus it’s a lot more convenient to call a company to come out to your house to fill the gas...

Five Common Mistakes Made by Fireplace Contractors

Five Common Mistakes Made by Fireplace CompaniesIntroductionInstalling a fireplace can be a daunting task, even when you know what you’re doing. The installation involves many aspects from different trades.  If you’ve ever thought about having a new fireplace...

Ventless Gas Fireplace Buying Guide

Ventless Gas Fireplace Buying Guide Introduction If you don’t want to worry about the hassle of cutting down trees, splitting wood, only to wait two years for it to be fully seasoned enough to use it, then you might want to take a look at ventless gas fireplaces. ...

Pellet Stove Buying Guide

Pellet Stove Buying Guide Introduction Just like any other heating appliance, choosing the right pellet stove to heat your home requires some research. You want to get one that looks right in your home. But you also want to make sure that you buy one that heats the...

Are Vent Free Fireplaces Dangerous?

Are Vent Free Fireplaces Dangerous? IntroductionVent-free heating appliances are one of the most interesting pieces of hearth inventions.  Installing them doesn’t require venting to pass through a wall or through your roof. It’s neat because even without a venting...

How to Save Money on Your Heating Bill this Winter

How to Save Money on Your Heating Bill this Winter Introduction Winter is right around the corner. It certainly feels like it’s here though. Even in Southwestern Virginia, it’s time to pull out the heavy coats and sweaters to brave the winter. It’s also time we turn...

Chimney Troubleshooting Guide for Consumers (2020)

Chimney Troubleshooting Guide for Consumers (2020) IntroductionHaving chimney problems can ruin your day. Especially when it’s cold outside and you rely on your fireplace to keep you warm, but you can’t start your fire or it just keeps pushing smoke back into your...

2020 Chimney Repair Costs Report

2020 Chimney Repair Costs ReportIntroduction Repairing a chimney can sound like a daunting task. In fact, it usually is a big project. But even something as small as chimney cap repairs can be categorized as a chimney repair. We publish our prices for work that has a...

How to Pick the Right Fireplace Tools

How to Pick Fireplace ToolsIntroduction If you’re going to have a fireplace, especially a wood-burning one, you need to consider buying some nice fireplace tools to go with you. Even though they look nice and can add to the decor of your home, the primary purpose is...

House Stack Effect & Wind Loading

House Stack Effect & Wind LoadingIntroduction As the weather gets colder in the Roanoke Valley, we can begin to notice our heating bill increasing. Your heater is working double time trying to keep up with the changing temperatures. Not because it’s cold outside,...

How to Handle Multiple Quotes for Chimney Repairs

Best Wood to Burn Introduction Picking the right firewood to burn in your fireplace or woodstove is complicated. Put simply, the best wood to use is seasoned firewood. If it’s seasoned, then you have wood with the ideal moisture content, which is anywhere between...

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