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Fireplace Safety Tips & Advice – Gas, Electric & Wood Fires

Making use of your fireplace can be a great way to cut down on your heating costs and create a cozy atmosphere in your home. If you are not careful, it can become a safety risk. Whether you have a gas fireplace, electric fireplace or wood-burning fireplace, it is important to follow a few basic safety tips to prevent the risk of a Read more…

Ways to Reduce your Chimney and Fireplace Emissions

Whenever you use a wood-burning fireplace, smoke emissions are created.  There’s no way to avoid this completely, but there are things you can do to ensure you’re creating a minimal amount of particulate emissions.  Here are some ideas. Burn the right wood Hardwoods such as oak and hickory produce a lot less smoke (which contains the emission particles) than soft woods like spruce or pine.  Hardwoods have the additional benefit of burning longer. Make Read more…

Tips for Using a Wood Stove to Heat a Large Home

Can you heat a larger home with a single wood stove?  It’s certainly possible to do, but you need to take several things into consideration. Ideally wood stoves are made to be space-heating appliances.  As long as there is a suitable method for venting the smoke to the outside, these efficient units can be placed just about anywhere within a home to provide fast, comfortable Read more…

How to Open Your Chimney Damper

Unless you have a vent-free fireplace, the first step you should take before lighting a fire in a wood-burning fireplace or gas fireplace is to open the damper. If you start a fire when the damper is closed, you’ll realize the mistake quickly when the room fills up with smoke. Filling your living with smoke isn’t the best way to find out that the fireplace damper Read more…

Convenience and Efficiency of Pellet-burning Fireplace Inserts

You may have heard of using pellets as fuel for a fireplace.  It’s a unique and great technology that comes with many benefits to the homeowner.  Pellet-burning fireplaces typically are made as inserts – pre-built, ready-to-run units that are inserted into the opening of a current pre-fabricated fireplace. Advantages to pellet fireplace inserts and why they gain popularity. Easy to install Pellet-burning fireplaces are used in conjunction Read more…

What You Need to Know About How Traditional Fireplaces Work

There’s more to traditional masonry fireplaces than meets the eye.  To the average observer, a fireplace is an appliance in which wood is burned, and a chimney is a device through which smoke is channeled.  But really, that’s just the beginning.  There are a number of pieces and functions of a fireplace and chimney that homeowners should know about in order to operate their units safely and efficiently. The information Read more…

Everything You Need to Know About Chimney Inspections

“How important is a chimney inspection?” We hear this question a lot from residents in the tri-state area of Southwest Wisconsin, North Illinois and East Iowa. It is a smart question to ask. We all like to cut corners when we can to save money. An annual inspection is one expense you shouldn’t skip. Carbon monoxide poisoning and house fires caused by fireplaces Read more…

4 Questions to Ask Your Fireplace Installer

You’ve finally decided it’s time for a fireplace.  You know what kind you want, you know where it’s going to go in the home, and you know your expectations for years of performance and enjoyment of your appliance.  Now you need to know a little about who’s going to install it.  Here are four questions to ask a potential installer. 1. Are you licensed and qualified Read more…

Why a Good Chimney Cap Is so Important

A chimney performs critical tasks in allowing smoke and toxins to be vented from the firebox to the outside air while providing a safe barrier between intense heat and surrounding building materials of the home.  No chimney, however, can do its job optimally without that little thing that sits on the top – the chimney cap. Running a fireplace without a chimney cap is Read more…

5 Reasons to Clean and Inspect your Chimney Before Winter

The temperature has dropped quickly here in the tri-state area where Southwestern Wisconsin, Northern Illinois and Eastern Iowa meet. On chilly, dreary days like these, there is nothing better than a roaring fire to drive away the cold. It might too soon to light up your hearth if you haven’t had your home’s chimney cleaned and inspected yet this year. Read more…

 

 

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