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Fireplace, Stove, Or Insert: Which is Best For Your Home?

So, you’ve decided to add a heat source to your home, where do you go next? With fireplaces, stoves, and inserts of every sort, where do you even begin? These appliances are perfect for cozy evenings indoors when the temperatures drop. They also save you money on the monthly heating bills. With the weather getting cooler, now is the perfect time to invest in an appliance.

Deciding to add a new heating source is the easy part, but the difficult part is deciding which appliance to get to suit your need and home. In today’s world, we’re given a lot of options. However, with the qualified and experienced team at Magic Broom Chimney Sweeps, we’re confident you will pick out the perfect appliance for your home! We want to help you understand the differences between a fireplace, a stove, or an insert, so you can make the best decision for your need and home.


a fireplace with a holiday treeA fireplace can come one of two ways – masonry or prefabricated. Masonry options take more time and money to construct, but there’s no denying the traditional and classic ambiance they add to any living space. Prefabricated units, on the other hand, come as one complete unit that needs to be assembled by a professional crew. They are more affordable, and there are more options when it comes to their placement within your home.


Fireplace inserts are known for their heightened efficiency, meaning you’re sure to get a lot of heat output! If your current fireplace isn’t working how you want it or you’re considering changing fuel types, an insert is a great way to go. We provide gas, wood, or pellet options, so it is easy to find the right option for your home.


Now, if you don’t have a chimney, then a free-standing stove is the route to take. You can place them just about anywhere, and they add considerable heat to your living space, which helps to save you money on your monthly bill. They also offer comfort and warmth to any gathering or get-together.

Always Trust A Professional

No matter which type of unit you decide, it’s vital to trust in a professional crew to get the job done. This process is intricate, and it’s important that all pieces are assembled correctly to give you a safe and effective burn every single time. Trust our CSIA certified team to get the job done right for you and your loved ones this holiday season.

Ready to get started? Contact us now, we can’t wait to discuss your ideas and figure out the best fit for your home!

By Josh Kelley on November 27th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Prevent Creosote Buildup With The Help Of Professionals

Do you have a chimney that you regularly use in your home? Then, it’s quite likely you have creosote built up inside of it! Creosote is a harmful substance that forms as you burn fires in your fireplace, and it can pose a lot of threats to the well-being of your home and chimney. Having it removed on a regular basis is vital, which is why we, along with the CSIA, suggest investing in annual inspections and regular chimney sweepings.

What Are The Stages Of Creosote?Prevent Creosote buildups with a chimney sweeping

Creosote comes in a few different forms, and it’s harder to get rid of the longer it stays in your chimney. Fresher creosote is light and flaky, while older creosote will be more tar-like and sticky in texture. In worst case scenarios, creosote becomes hard and glossy. This is referred to as glazed creosote, and it takes special tools and products in order to effectively remove it.

No matter what form it’s in, the creosote in your chimney always needs to be removed, and it’s important to trust in a team of experts to ensure nothing gets missed. A thorough cleaning can make all the difference when it comes to keeping your home and family safer this holiday season!

Why Do I Need To Remove It?

So, what’s the big deal with creosote accumulation? Well, creosote is dangerous because it’s quite flammable. The more you have, the higher your chances are of experiencing a chimney fire, which causes a lot of damage to your structure. The more things break down, the more susceptible you become to things like cracked brickwork, gaps in your mortar, and chimney collapses.

As you can guess, holes and openings in your chimney aren’t ideal. These pathways leave you vulnerable to experience bigger problems like gas leaks and house fires down the line. Flames will be able to reach adjacent woodwork much easier, and could leak  carbon monoxide into your home, putting your loved ones in danger.

These are all life-threatening issues that need to be avoided at all costs. How can you lower your risk? Invest in an inspection and sweeping right away! Getting this maintenance checked off of your to-do list before the burning season begins helps to guarantee a safer and more comfortable winter season. You deserve that!

Who’s The Best Team For The Job?

As we’ve expressed, this is a serious issue that needs to be taken care of before your start lighting fires this year. That’s why it’s important to hire a team of experts you can trust for the long haul! There are always educational opportunities to take advantage of in the chimney sweep field, and we at Magic Broom are constantly attending these classes and seminars. In a field that is always presenting new techniques and technologies, staying on top of it all is important!

Our CSIA and NFI certifications back up all the services we offer, and we love that we can serve families throughout the area with confidence and professionalism. Call on the team at Magic Broom Chimney Sweep today to schedule your next appointment!

By Josh Kelley on November 12th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , , | Leave a Comment