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How To Avoid A Chimney Fire

The number one priority for homeowners is keeping their home and family as safe as possible. If you own a fireplace, knowing the proper ways to avoid chimney fires is vital. While many chimney fires are loud and obvious, there are a surprising number that occur...

Test Your Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detector Today!

Fireplace or not, every home should be equipped with a smoke and carbon monoxide detector. These devices save countless lives every year and often serve as the first warning sign of danger within the home. If you have a gas fireplace, your risk of fire, smoke...

What it Means to be NFI and CSIA Certified

Many homeowners mistakenly believe that all chimney sweeps are created equal. Just because someone has a brush and a truck, however, doesn’t make them a qualified chimney professional. While acronyms such as NFI and CSIA might be confusing to the average person, they...

Fireplace Safety During the Holidays

The holiday season carries with it some of the most memorable times of the year: food, fun, and family and friends gathered together in front of the fireplace. Because fireplaces play such an important role in many family’s holiday traditions, there are several...

All About Chimney Liners

According to the CSIA, problems inside your chimney’s flue can pose serious risks to your home and family. These problems render it incapable of performing its primary function: safely containing and venting the harmful byproducts of combustion up the chimney and out...

Keeping Good Draft

In scientific terms, your chimney is what’s referred to as a negative pressure system.  When it’s full of hot air, it actually pulls air through the firebox; this pulling action is what’s called draft.  The simplest way to increase the draft in your chimney is to burn...

Safely Lighting Your Pilot Light

Lighting Your Pilot Light Follow these instructions to safely light your pilot light. Before you get started, you’ll need matches and a flashlight. Here are the main things to watch out for: If you smell a large amount of gas, hear a hissing sound,\ or feel suddenly...