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We hope that you find our articles on the proper use, care and service of fireplaces, stoves and chimneys interesting and informative. As New York’s Hudson Valley leader for all Chimney Sweep, Chimney Service, Stove & Fireplace installation and Gas Appliance Maintenance we want to make sure consumers have access to this helpful information. Keeping your Fireplace, Stove, Chimney and Venting Systems in top working order is just as important as any other system in your home. Your family’s comfort and safety are our first priority!

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25 of the Best Hardwoods & Softwoods to Burn in Your Fireplace This Winter

Winter is here to stay. The temperature has dropped and we are already getting a taste of the heavy snowfall meteorologists have predicted for this year. It’s the perfect time to make sure your woodpile is fully stocked with the best firewood. The type of wood that you burn makes a difference. Some woods are more aromatic than others. Some woods burn hotter and […]

Tips to Pet-Proof your Fireplace or Winter Stove

Pets are drawn to the warmth of a winter fire, just like we are. They enjoy a fireside snuggle on cold days, but there are many potential dangers. In a way similar to baby-proofing a house, pets need special protection from solid-fuel heating systems. Whether you have a dog or a cat, safety precautions around a wood or gas fireplace or stove can prevent your pet from […]

Benefits of a Proactive Approach to Chimney Inspections   

Professional chimney sweeps care about families, a sentiment implied by the training they receive to ensure the safe use of chimneys and fireplaces. A clear pattern among customers that causes concern is a lack of appropriate attention given to the potential dangers of chimneys. In fact, many families don’t pursue needed chimney inspections, cleaning, or repairs until a dangerous situation has already occurred. The leading cause of […]

Chimney Cleaning is One Project Your Shouldn’t DIY

Do a quick Google or YouTube search and you’ll find many results for for “How do I clean a chimney?” There many products on the market that claim to be able to completely remove creosote—that flammable, hard black stuff that builds up in chimneys. Unfortunately, most products don’t live up to their marketing claims. Nothing beats hiring a professional chimney sweep. […]

Safety Tips for Heating with a Gas Fireplace

A gas fireplace provides effortless convenience together with the pleasure of a warm fire. People with fireplaces often greatly anticipate their first cozy session by the fire when winter arrives. It’s important for homeowners with gas fireplaces to realize, however, that a gas fireplace may be convenient but it still requires maintenance. There are various potential hazards associated with gas fireplaces, just as there are […]

4 Great Reasons to get a Chimney Inspection and Cleaning Before Winter          

One of life’s simple pleasures is warming by a crackling fire in heavy coat weather. Before setting up the kindling for your first winter fire, make sure it’s safe to get the flames going. Fire safety organizations strongly recommend that you have your chimney inspected by a professional annually. This advice is shared by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Chimney […]

5 Tips from a Chimney Sweep on How to Build Ecofriendly Fires & Save Money

Every time you build a fire in your fireplace or woodstove it can have an impact on the environment. The smoke that wafts out of your chimney contains toxic gases like carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, harmful particles, and, potentially, carcinogens like benzopyrene according to the EPA. Burning wood in an old fireplace or woodstove can contribute to air pollution and cause public health […]

Fire Prevention Week! Every Second Counts!

October 8-14, 2017, is annual Fire Prevention Week. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is providing the important reminder this year that every second counts, when there is a fire. The difference between residents safely escaping a fire or having lives tragically end can be mere seconds. For this reason, the theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week is “Every Second Counts: […]

The 7 Basic Parts of a Chimney

The basic parts of a chimney may never show up as a category on Jeopardy!, but they are still good to know. A chimney system provides protection for your home and family. Keeping a chimney well-maintained is a way to prevent hazardous house fires. Becoming familiar with chimney parts helps you identify when there are possible problems. Although it’s a standard safety […]

Everything You Need to Know to Get Your Chimney Ready for Winter

Winter is coming! Apple cider, pumpkin patches and the holidays aren’t the only things to look forward to. If you have a fireplace, you can look forward to cozy nights relaxing beside the hearth. After battling cold winds or trudging through snow, it’s a pleasure to sit next to a crackling fire and unwind. Before you start your fireplace for the […]

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