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Wood Stoves, Fireplaces and the Danger of Pyrolysis

Annual chimney inspections are important to help keep people safe from various risks involving fireplaces, according to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and all other leading fire prevention experts. Among the threats that can be eliminated as a result of a chimney inspection is a hazardous fire resulting from pyrolysis. Read on to […]

Masonry Chimney Maintenance: What You Need to Know

Traditional masonry chimneys aren’t built to last forever, and thanks to unavoidable rain and moisture, these structures can become damaged and unsafe faster than you would expect. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA): “All masonry chimney construction materials, except stone, will suffer accelerated deterioration as a result of prolonged contact with water.     Masonry materials deteriorate quickly […]

It’s Time to Upgrade or Add a New Fireplace!

Do you want to update your fireplace or add a new fireplace in your home? When you buy an EPA-approved fireplace, you are getting an efficient heating appliance that can help you cut your winter utility costs. Zero-clearance fireplaces can be installed in virtually any room of your home. Below, learn about a great way […]

Dangers of Neglecting Chimney Maintenance

When you prepare to use your wood-burning fireplace, it is important to first think of safety. Your home and family can be in danger if chimney cleaning and other types of chimney maintenance are neglected. Chimneys usually look quite sturdy. What is rarely obvious to the untrained eye, however, is that dangerous conditions can exist. […]

What to Know Before Firing Up Your Gas Fireplace

The holiday season is in full swing. This is the perfect time to light up your gas fireplace! Sitting beside a glowing hearth is a relaxing way to end a long day spent rushing around in Connecticut’s chilly weather. When friends or family come over, they’ll be happy to gather around the fireplace to chat […]

Get Your Fireplace Running Efficiently This Winter

When a fireplace runs efficiently every winter, it doesn’t happen by accident. A set of conditions work in harmony to ensure that fires burn hot and combustion byproducts exit through the chimney. All fireplaces and chimney systems need maintenance to keep those ideal conditions in place. The following tips can help to ensure that your […]

5 Safety Tips for Operating Your Wood Stove

The quintessential wood stove is an indispensable source of heat for many homeowners, especially in older homes built before the arrival of central air. And since modern wood stoves are more environmentally friendly than ever before, they have grown in popularity. But whether you use a wood stove for primary or supplemental heating, you need […]

Burning Woods in Your Fireplace

Getting the most out of your fireplace and the wood you burn in it is easy, if you follow these six tips on efficient and safe wood-burning practices. Seasoned woods Seasoned wood has had time to fully dry and won’t produce nearly as much smoke as damp or unseasoned wood. Give your firewood plenty of […]

Is Your Chimney and Fireplace Ready for the Cooler Weather?

When the heat of summer is still bearing down and autumn is on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to prepare your fireplace and chimney for the cooler temperatures to come. As early as September but definitely by October, appointments with reputable chimney sweeps like the experts at Northeastern Chimney fill up quickly. Schedule an […]

4 Exterior Chimney Problems That You Shouldn’t Ignore

While your chimney may appear to be in good condition, homeowners shouldn’t wait until they happen to notice a problem with the chimney. Many exterior chimney issues start gradually making it noticeable only upon closer inspection. Some problems commonly occur on or near the chimney crown and in other areas that may be hidden from […]

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