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.

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.

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.

Anatomy of a Masonry Chimney and Fireplace

Marge Padgitt

Masonry chimneys are more complicated than most people think.  If a chimney isn’t built or maintained correctly, it may not work properly.

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.

Selling your home? Hire a chimney sweep


How can a chimney sweep help you sell your home? With all the details you need to attend to as you prepare for a sale, why would you want to choose this time to hire a chimney sweep? When preparing to buy or sell a home with a combustion appliance, be it a furnace, fireplace or woodstove, the standards of the National Fire Protection Association recommend obtaining a thorough inspection of the chimney and venting systems. The condition of the chimney may be a factor in the sale.

Why you should call a chimney sweep


Why should you call a chimney sweep? What is the purpose of getting your chimney swept, really? Norman Lenz, with over sixty years experience as a chimney sweep in Canada and Germany, has the answer: “To prevent fires, to save energy and to help prevent pollution.” “ And TO SAVE LIVES,” adds Sandra Mitchell, Honorary Life President of the National Association of Chimney Sweeps in the United Kingdom.

Why, When and How to Hire a Chimney Sweep


How do I find a chimney sweep? What training should a chimney sweep have? Why should I hire a chimney sweep instead of working on the chimney myself? Should a chimney sweep be certified?

Fireplace chimney smokes or wood stove chimney smokes. Why?


Chimneys smoking back into the home is a common problem. There are many reasons chimneys smoke into the home and this article will examine several of them.This is probably the most common question that homeowners ask the chimney sweeps on the Chimney Professional Forum, an Internet discussion list for chimney professionals. It’s also one of the questions I most frequently heard from my customers as an in-the-field chimney sweep.

Chimney Inspection by a Chimney Sweep

Oliver Beauchemin

A Chimney Inspection is one of the most important services a chimney sweep offers; and, one of the most misunderstood. There are several reasons for which a chimney sweep is called to inspect a chimney or venting system.

What to Expect When You Have Your Chimney Swept


How much does it cost to clean your chimney? When to make an appointment. Will my house be a mess after the chimney sweep leaves. How to forward schedule your next appointment.


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.

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