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What is Tuckpointing?

What is Tuckpointing?

What is Tuckpointing? IntroductionA masonry chimney is supposed to be strong. After all, it’s made from the same materials as the house that the Big Bad Wolf couldn’t blow down in the Three Little Pigs, right?  Masonry chimneys are strong. Bricks are strong.  But they...

6 Different Types of Chimneys

6 Different Types of Chimneys

6 Different Types of ChimneysIntroduction If you’re building a house or even remodeling your home, choosing the type of chimney you want is a big deal.  Not only are you choosing something that’s going to heat up your house, but you want something that looks nice.  Do...

History of Chimney Sweeping [Infographic]

History of Chimney Sweeping [Infographic]

History of Chimney Sweeping [Infographic]Introduction The chimney industry has a long history, dating all the way back to the Romans of the 13th century. The industry’s history hasn’t always been beautiful, though.  Chimney sweeps were previously seen as heartless...

Guide to Buying a Home with a Chimney [in 2020]

Guide to Buying a Home with a Chimney [in 2020]

Guide to Buying a Home with a Chimney [in 2020] Introduction Buying a home is exciting! Stressful? Of course, but definitely exciting.  The stress may come from the fact that there are a lot of things that can go right over your head if you’re not careful. It...

Dangers of a Cracked Chimney Flue

Dangers of a Cracked Chimney Flue

Dangers of a Cracked Chimney FlueIntroduction Your chimney’s flue, also known as the liner, is one of the most important parts of your whole chimney system. A cracked chimney flue can cause an urgent safety hazard, and you’ll need to repair it before you use it...

15 Essential Tips for Safe Wood Burning

15 Essential Tips for Safe Wood Burning

15 Essential Tips for Safe & Efficient Wood BurningIntroduction If you’re like me, you love sitting by the fire. Sure, gas appliances are easier to maintain, but there’s something about a wood fireplace that makes it better. Maybe it’s all the extra work that goes...

Gas Fireplace Troubleshooting Guide

Gas Fireplace Troubleshooting Guide

Gas Fireplace Troubleshooting Guide IntroductionGas fireplaces are the most popular fireplaces that we install these days. It’s true that some people are switching from gas to wood stoves or a wood-burning fireplace, but most people are installing gas fireplaces.  It...

Best Wood to Burn

Best Wood to Burn

Best Wood to BurnIntroductionPicking 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...

The Ultimate Guide to Seasoned Firewood

The Ultimate Guide to Seasoned Firewood

The Ultimate Guide to Seasoned Firewood [2020]Everything You'll Ever Need to KnowIntroductionSeasoned firewood. A little salt and pepper usually will do. Melt some butter in the pan with a clove of minced garlic, then baste the firewood with the melted butter...

How Do Chimneys Work

How Do Chimneys Work

How Do Chimneys Work? Introduction There’s nothing like sitting in front of a fireplace on a cold night. You might not think about your chimney that much, but keeping it in good working order is a critical part of ensuring you’ll have that fire in the fireplace on...

Laundry Lint Concerns (and how to fix them)

Laundry Lint Concerns (and how to fix them)

Laundry Lint Concerns (and how to fix them)IntroductionExcessive lint in your dryer can be frustrating. It’s also one of the most common problems that we hear about and, luckily, pretty easy to fix. All you need to do is clean the lint filter out after each use. But...

All About Chimney Swifts

All About Chimney Swifts

All About Chimney Swifts Introduction Chimney swifts might be the only living animal that loves chimneys more than Santa! But unlike Santa, who’s in and out very quickly, these birds like to roost and build nests inside chimneys. Chimney swifts used to nest in hollow...

15 Obvious Signs Your Chimney Needs to be Repaired

15 Obvious Signs Your Chimney Needs to be Repaired

15 Obvious Signs Your Chimney Needs to be RepairedIntroduction It’s easy to overlook your chimney. Especially when the weather warms up and you stop using your chimney. No fault to you. And when the colder weather comes, a few things may trump the chimney projects you...

Creosote and Chimney Fires

Creosote and Chimney Fires

Creosote & Chimney FiresIntroduction A lot of people that we work with are shocked to learn that their chimney had a fire that they didn’t know about. In fact, most chimney fires go undetected. Slow-burning chimney fires that don’t have enough air or fuel to be...

10 Signs That Your Dryer Vent Needs Maintenance

10 Signs That Your Dryer Vent Needs Maintenance

10 Signs that Your Dryer Vent Needs MaintenanceIntroduction You clean your lint trap every time you dry your clothes, right?  Okay, cool. You passed the first test. When was the last time you thought about your dryer vent? You’ve probably never really thought about...

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