Chimney Fires

Chimney fires are serious! Temperatures in the chimney during a chimney fire can reach over 2000 degrees Fahrenheit – hot enough to destroy the chimney liner and possibly set the house on fire.

How stoves achieve clean burn

Todd Woofenden

All EPA-certified stoves have certain elements in common: Each incorporates a much-improved method of injecting combustion air into the firebox of the stove. The goal is to provide air in all the right places, to maximize the mixture of air and fuel, thereby maximizing combustion.

A chimney fire can cause more damage than expected to masonry chimneys

Marge Padgitt

The number of damaged chimneys that homeowners are unaware of is staggering.

Dryer vents and the chimney sweep

Marge Padgitt

Dryer vents collect flammable lint, which accumulates inside the dryer, in the flexible connecting pipe, and the dryer vent.  With too much lint in these areas, poor dryer performance will occur and a fire may result.

Chimney fires frighteningly common in Maine

Oliver Beauchemin

Homeowners should consider a twice-per-season chimney cleaning, say firefighters in Franklin, Kennebec and Somerset counties of Maine who have responded to more than 40 chimney fires during the month of January 2013. By Ben McCanna and reprinted with permission from the Portland Press Herald.

The Duty to Warn - part 2

Oliver Beauchemin

The duty to warn and a seller’s disclosure address different legal concerns but the types of potential hazards they cover can overlap considerably. While a duty to warn is designed to prevent physical injury (and subsequent legal action and damages), a seller’s disclosure is designed primarily to address a home’s value, both its selling price and its resale value.

The Duty to Warn - part 1

Oliver Beauchemin

Many inspectors consider it their ethical and even moral duty to disclose to all relevant parties any imminent hazards they discover in the course of an inspection. Some inspectors are required by their state’s licensing authority to report emergent hazards on pain of license revocation, especially if such hazards may result in physical injury. But inspectors don’t bear this burden alone. The obligation of disclosure also falls to the property owner.

A Listed Chimney Liner Insulation That Doesn’t Work!

Chimney Savers Inc.

What has been brought to my attention is the improper use of poured insulation around stainless steel liners. From my experience, correctly installing insulation mix around stainless steel liners (to get a zero clearance rating) is a next to impossible. Besides the fact that this installation is widely and incorrectly used, manufactures seem to be pushing installers towards this method.

Chimney Relining

Golden's Chimney Lining

Chimney liners are used to protect the inside of a masonry chimney from wear and tear caused by wet conditions. Moisture, over time, will cause decay and corrosion of mortar, clay, and brick liners. How? Moisture reacts with the exhaust gases to form an acid that slowly “eats away” at the chimney. Moisture also, can collect and seep into cracks, mortar and bricks. In colder climates, this moisture will freeze, expand and then thaw, thus causing chunks of the chimney to break and crumble.


Todd Woofenden

One of the great misunderstandings in the world of woodstoves is how creosote fits into the picture. Contrary to popular belief, creosote is not an inevitable product of wood burning. Creosote forms when wood is burned incompletely, and is an indication of improper use, poor installation, or a poor wood stove design.

Woodstove problems: poor performance

Todd Woofenden

Sometimes it seems that the stove just isn’t working as well as it used to. If there is no obvious problem, such as smoking, catalyst malfunction, etc., but it just doesn’t seem to be doing the job it used to, consider the possibilities in this article.

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