Chimney 101

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Taking good care of your fireplace isn't only important to keep it functioning properly, it's also imperative for the health and safety of your family. Below, you'll see we've put together a round up of some of our most frequently asked questions. We ask that you read through the information, and after you're finished, give us a call if you have any other concerns about our services or chimney maintenance. 

How do I know when my fireplace needs to be swept?

It depends on the type of fireplace. Typically, you can open the damper from a masonry fireplace and determine if it needs to be cleaned by checking the walls inside the smoke the chamber. If they're covered in soot, it's probably time for a cleaning.

On the other hand, if you own a pre-fabricated or factory built fireplace, open the damper and check the condition of the pipe. Depending on how dirty it is, you may want to consider ordering a routine cleaning. 
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How large is a cord of wood and what is the best wood to burn?

A cord of wood is 128 cubic feet, When stacked, it measures 4' high by 8' long, by 4' deep, We recommend oak, ash, cherry, apple, and walnut. These are excellent woods to burn.

Why does smoke come into the room when I first light my fireplace?

Sometimes, there's something blocking the fireplace. But in most cases, it's because the air in the chimney is cold. Cold air is dense and heavy. Warmer air is lighter. When you light a fire, there is not a tremendous amount of heat immediately going  up the chimney, but the fire does have smoke. 

How often does a wood stove need to be swept?

The same recommendation applies stoves that are freestanding and ones that are pushed into the fireplace. It should be swept once for every two cords of wood burned.

How often does a furnace flue need to be swept?

Gas furnace flues seldom need sweeping. However, coal and oil furnaces need to be inspected and cleaned each year. 

These are some of the problems we have found:

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