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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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Prevent Creosote Buildup with The Help of Professionals

Ugly soot stains aren’t all that builds up in chimneys. Creosote is another byproduct that’s produced by burning wood logs, pellets and coal in a fireplace or stove. Creosote is an extremely flammable chemical compound that condenses along the walls of chimneys and venting systems. It is the leading cause of catastrophic chimney fires according […]

Easy Checklist for Winterizing Your Home

In New York, you know what to expect from winter.  It’s going to be cold, and the cost of keeping your home warm is going to rise.  But it doesn’t have to rise as much as it has in the past if you follow this easy winterizing checklist and get a chimney cleaning. Insulate outside pipes The best way to do this […]

Repair Your Chimney for Winter Warmth and Safety

Sometimes you can tell that your chimney needs repair. You may spot cracks in the masonry, holes where the mortar was, and you may even spot pieces of brick lying on the ground. At other times you may not realize that your chimney may be at risk every time you light a fire. So how […]

Wood Fireplace: 7 Tips for Safety and Efficiency

Maximizing your fireplace’s efficiency will save you trips to the wood pile and keep your home more comfortable on cold winter evenings. Following these 9 tips will boost your fireplace’s efficiency and ensure you can enjoy your fireplace without risking your safety. 1. Schedule a chimney cleaning and inspection once a year. Chimney sweeps are […]

8 Easy Ways to Prevent a Chimney Fire

Chimney fires can create explosive flames but most are slow-burning and go undetected until a chimney inspection is performed. A myth that many homeowners have believed, unfortunately, is that chimney fires are useful for cleaning the creosote from the flue. This can be a dangerous misconception, since the damage caused by chimney fires can be […]

How to Control a Fireplace Damper

The damper is one of the most important components on your fireplace. It is the vent at the top of the firebox that opens to allow oxygen from outside to feed the fire and smoke to vent outside. When you aren’t using your fireplace, it prevents drafts and keeps heated/cooled air inside your house from […]

Cleaning Your Wood Stove Before Winter Sets In

If you use a wood stove, you know that it is an efficient source of home heating during the winter. But as you continue to burn wood, its efficiency is reduced. This not only increases heating costs, but also increases the risk of a chimney fire. That’s why it’s important to clean out the wood […]

Bees in the Chimney? Here’s What To Do

Bees are among the creatures frequently found in chimneys, and it’s important to get them out as quickly as possible. If you start seeing bees in your fireplace or elsewhere in the house, there is a good chance an active beehive already exists or is in the works. It’s best to call a licensed bee company. The following are helpful insights about bees and the problems […]

Consider Installing a New Fireplace Insert for the Winter Burn Season

Renovating your fireplace isn’t the only way to update its look and improve its energy efficiency. A fireplace insert is a more affordable solution. This heating appliance will give your fireplace a facelift and cut down on your heat and cooling costs without the high price and inconvenience of a fireplace remodel. What is a fireplace insert? A fireplace insert is a specially […]

Prep Your Fireplace & Chimney

Thinking about cool weather during the heat of summer can be pleasant, but it is also advisable to get ready for the coming colder temperatures. A fireplace and chimney both need to be prepared before winter use. Prepping your fireplace and chimney for winter will improve safety and operational efficiency. Chimney and Fireplace Inspection Annual inspections are recommended by the leading fire […]

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