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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...

Complete Guide to Fireplace Fuels

Complete Guide Fireplace Fuels Introduction Having a fireplace to sit around when the weather gets cold is usually a good idea. Not only is it cozy, but it’s also a great way to keep you warm. But do you know about the types of fuel that you can use? Sure, a lot of...

The Ultimate Wood Stoves Buying Guide [2020]

The ultimate Wood Stoves Buying Guide [2020]Introduction Buying a wood-burning stove might not seem like it, but it can be a stressful decision. It’s important to buy one that suits your needs.  That means it needs to be able to produce enough heat to warm up the room...

The Fall and Your Chimney

The Fall & Your Chimney Introduction Fall is here!  The days are getting shorter. The leaves are changing colors and falling to the ground. It’s getting colder every day. Pumpkin spice is coming out of the woodwork.  You’re probably thinking that it’s time to...

Fireplace Accessories Overview

Fireplace Accessories OverviewIntroduction Chimney accessories are primarily there to serve as a safety mechanism. All of these accessories on this list exist to improve the safety, efficiency, and convenience of your fireplace. For example, glass doors can look nice...

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...

How to Clean & Maintain your Log Burner

How to Clean & Maintain Your Log Burner [4 Steps]IntroductionDo you have a wood-burning stove or fireplace?  They make an awesome addition to your home. Nothing beats a crackling fire. There’s something about their almost seductive flames and rustic ambiance.  But...

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...

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