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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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Five Warning Signs Your Wood Stove Needs Replacing

Wood stoves are built to last but, if you have an old model, it may be time to upgrade. A wood-burning stove can be an excellent alternative heating source with the ability to warm up a large area of your home using an inexpensive, renewable fuel source. When you use an efficient, EPA-certified wood-burning stove […]

Does Every Chimney Need a Cap?

A chimney cap is arguably the easiest and least expensive way to protect your chimney flue system. If your chimney is older, chances are you either don’t have a chimney cap or the cap that was installed is due to be replaced. Over time, the chimney cap cracks and the screen can break or tear. […]

Freezing Temperatures Can Cause Chimney Damage

Chimneys don’t last forever, no matter how well they’re built. Fortunately for homeowners, the breakdown is usually gradual. This means you have time to make periodic repairs to damage that would lead to the end of your chimney if left unattended. Chimneys and the freeze-thaw cycle In cold-weather regions, chimneys are susceptible to damage from […]

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 […]

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