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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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Why is Smoke Coming Out of My Fireplace

It’s a cold, chilly evening, and you’ve just lit your fireplace. You’re enjoying the warmth, but the entire house is filling with smoke from the fireplace, and you’re wondering why. Whether your fireplace is smoky occasionally or continuously, it’s a sign that there’s a problem that needs to be addressed. Smoke is bad for your […]

Gas Heating Stove Maintenance Tips

The subject of gas stove maintenance is not a complex one for the homeowner. In fact, gas heating stoves are among the easiest appliances in a home to keep running well and looking good. This doesn’t mean a free-standing stove will take care of itself – a few things are required of you and your […]

Is Fireplace Smoke Pouring into Your Home?

If smoke is backing up into your home while using your fireplace, it’s a problem that needs to be solved immediately. Nobody likes the smell of smoke, but there’s a bigger issue: smoke carries with it carbon monoxide, which is invisible and odorless but also potentially fatal to people and pets. There are several reasons […]

Why You Need Chimney Inspectors to Take a Look Before You Close on a New Home

When you’re buying a home with a fireplace, be sure to have a qualified chimney inspector take a look before closing the sale. The National Fireplace Protection Association (NFPA) recommends homeowners have a chimney inspection every year and chimney cleaning as necessary, but not all homeowners follow that advice. Since the seller may not have […]

5 Common Chimney Issues that Cannot Be Ignored

A well-maintained chimney will work as it was intended and not put your home or family at risk. A neglected chimney can lead to many serious problems. Fortunately, many of these problems are preventable if you don’t ignore five common chimney issues. Creosote buildup Chimneys that serve wood-burning fireplaces often catch on fire because of […]

Is Your Chimney Masonry Crumbling? Here’s What You Need to Know.

The bricks and mortar used to build chimneys are strong and should perform well for years. But that doesn’t mean they’ll last forever. Over time and under certain circumstances, chimney masonry can begin to crumble. This is a process that won’t reverse itself and should be addressed before extensive damage occurs. Common reasons for crumbling […]

Getting A Stainless Steal Chimney Liner Installation

Once in a while, you may notice a tall shiny steel tube being dropped down a chimney in your neighborhood. It’s hard to miss, because the tube appears to be as tall as the house as it bends across the roof while workers handle it. The tube is a stainless steel chimney liner, and homeowners […]

Are Chimney Cracks A Critical Issue?

Most homeowners see at least some portion of their chimney virtually every day. From a comfortable distance, everything looks fine, so there is nothing to worry about, right? However, looks can be deceiving. Unbeknownst to the casual observer, tiny cracks may be forming in the chimney. As these cracks continue to expand, water can seep […]

Summer is the Perfect Time for a Chimney Facelift

Historically, most chimneys have been constructed of bricks that are held together by a mortar compound since that was determined to be the best way to build a chimney. But as the years pass, brick chimneys can become eyesores, or a homeowner may just get tired of seeing the same brick structure on the roof […]

Chimney Repair: What it Means, Why it’s Important

Timely chimney repairs make all the difference between a chimney that does its job and presents you with no headaches and one that doesn’t work right and may be dangerous. This is why it’s recommended by leading hearth industry agencies and service providers that you have your chimney inspected once a year in order to […]

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