Checking a chimney

Chimney safety should be a concern for every homeowner. Each year, lives and property are lost due to improper care and maintenance of chimneys. You can check some parts of the chimney yourself.

Hiring a chimney professional

In checking your chimney, a chimney professional can check all of the visible components of the chimney for damage, needed maintenance, and fire safety. A chimney professional is trained to look for dangerous or questionable conditions that a homeowner could easily miss.

Smoky woodstove: constant or erratic smoking

Todd Woofenden

If your stove seems to smoke all the time, or erratically, consider these possibilities: undersized flue, blockages, multiple appliances connected to the same flue.

Smoky woodstove: smoky startups

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If your wood stove smokes when you first light it, but works properly after a few minutes, here are some things to consider:

Buying a new woodstove

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It sounds complicated, and with all the features and options available on new stoves, it is! But with a little preparation, your stove shopping will be painless and successful. By considering some of the basics before you even arrive at the stove shop, you will be ready to ask the right questions and to look for the features that will really make a difference.

How much heat does the woodstove produce

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Another distinction, and the one perhaps most frequently misjudged, is the size of the stove. Newer, more efficient stoves heat a lot more space with a much smaller firebox.

How woodstoves distribute heat

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Which is better, a radiant woodstove or a circulating woodstove? The answer depends on the type of installation.

Older woodstoves still in use

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Since EPA-certified stoves are a recent phenomenon, there are lots of older, pre-EPA stoves in use including Franklin woodstoves, non-airtight stoves and some that are airtight.

Fireplace stains

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A fireplace with white stains or black stains is unsightly. Sometimes this is caused by water; other times, by smoke. Tips for cleaning your fireplace.

Smoking chimney and smoking fireplaces part 6: fireplace smoke enters rooms

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Fireplace smoke enters other rooms in your home. How does this happen and some tips on fixing the problem. Smoking chimney problems.

Smoking fireplaces part 5: fireplace smokes on wet day

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Wet chimney flues are much harder to heat than dry chimney flues. This is because it takes an enormous amount of heat to convert water to steam. The water absorbs so much heat that the flue doesn’t warm up effectively. The tall column of cold air in the flue wants to sink, drawing smoke into the house.

Smoking fireplaces part 4: smokes on windy days

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A fireplace that smokes on windy days is subject to its own set of problems and fixes. This article will look at a number of those problems an how to fix them.

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