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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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Pyrolysis and Fireplaces: Understanding the Risks

Do you know about the risk of pyrolysis? A fire at the home of Carolina Panthers’ coach Ron Rivera made national news in 2015. It is the most high-profile example of the dangers of pyrolysis. An improperly installed fireplace, that caused pyrolysis, was the culprit for this costly fire. Your home may be at risk too! If […]

What Signs to Look for in a Damaged Chimney

The essential home feature during the winter is the chimney. While you’re firing up your fireplace or heating stove to keep your loved ones warm, this stately structure is expelling smoke, soot, and other dangerous gases. But just because it appears to be functioning normally doesn’t mean that it does not require repair. Old Man […]

Safety Measures for the Type of Fireplace You Have

While all types of fireplaces and related home-heating equipment serve the purposes of warmth and décor-enhancement, not all of these units are the same when it comes to safety and maintenance. Here are a few tips on taking care of traditional fireplaces, zero-clearance fireplaces, fireplace inserts and gas log sets. Masonry fireplace  Traditional, open fireplaces […]

How to Prepare Your Chimney & Fireplace for Winter

In most northern cities throughout the U.S., one thing we can count on is a cold winter, which is all it takes to get most of us to crank up our fireplaces and add a little comfort to the season. To keep you, your family and your home safe, here are some important preparation steps […]

5 Simple Tips for Keeping Pets Safe Around the Fireplace

The dancing flames of a glowing fireplace not only create a warm and inviting atmosphere for your family, but your furry friends, too. Unlike us humans who understand the dangers of fire, pets don’t.  And the sights, sounds, and smell of a fire can attract their natural curiosity. They may even try to play with […]

What to Know Before Firing up Your Gas Fireplace

When you’re getting ready to fire up your gas fireplace or insert for another season, there are a few things you need to know to make the upcoming months safe and enjoyable. Give it a good cleaning Gas fireplaces and gas inserts perform best when they’re clean. Fortunately, cleaning gas appliances is a lot easier […]

Burning Wood in Your Fireplace

Nothing beats a roaring fireplace on a cold winter’s night. You can keep these positive experiences happening by making sure you’re burning your wood safely and correctly and allowing your fireplace to run at max efficiency. Here are some tips. proper drafting  For fire to burn, fuel, heat and oxygen are required. You’ve got the […]

Annual Chimney Cleaning and Inspection This Fall

Fall is a beautiful time of year in the Hudson Valley. The dazzling colors of fall foliage on display will tickle your senses.  But the warm days and crisp evenings during this time of year is also a gentle reminder that colder weather is on the way. After all, fall is not only your last […]

How to Get Ready for a Visit from Your Chimney Sweep

A professional, certified chimney sweep is your best friend when it comes to keeping your chimney safe and fully operational. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends once-a-year chimney cleaning for homes that have a wood fireplace or other wood-burning appliance connected to their chimneys. When preparing for a chimney sweep, there are a […]

4 Common Exterior & Interior chimney Problems

As with any structure or component within your home, chimneys need periodic service, maintenance and repair to keep them safe and operating correctly. Here are four common interior and exterior issues with chimneys and how they should be addressed. Damaged masonry A chimney is safe only when its bricks are in good shape. When the […]

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