Mechanical troubles with fireplaces: dampers

Corrosion and debris are the most common causes of stuck dampers. Your chimney professional can lubricate the moving parts and make adjustments, or recommend a new damper if yours is damaged beyond repair.

Fireplace cleanup and wood stove cleanup after use

Todd Woofenden

After using your fireplace or wood stove, you need to clean up to be ready for the next time. Here’s how to clean your fireplace or wood stove.

Build fireplace fire or wood stove fire

Todd Woofenden

Do you want to build a great fire in your fireplace? A great fire in your wood stove? You need certain tools to build a good fire in a fireplace or wood stove. Read about some of the tools that will help you build a great wood stove fire.

Build fireplace fire or wood stove fire using these tools

Todd Woofenden

Building a fireplace fire or wood stove fire takes more than just wood. There are a few tools that will help you build your great fireplace fire or your proud-to-show-off wood stove fire.

Fireplace Accessories

Todd Woofenden

As you look at your fireplace, you should consider a number of options that will make your wood-burning experience more enjoyable. These range from gloves for use with the fireplace to installing a wood stove into the fireplace; such a wood stove is called a fireplace insert.

What to Expect with an Historic Chimney

Marge Padgitt

Most homeowners who purchase historic homes recognize the fact that older structures need a lot of work. There are structural issues to deal with as well as cosmetic, and the larger the home, the more problems to address.

Types of fireplaces

Todd Woofenden

All fireplaces are not created equal. In fact, other than factory-built fireplaces, no two fireplaces are the same. Even if your fireplace seems identical to your neighbor’s (suppose, for instance, that you both bought the same model of factory built fireplace) they can behave very differently depending on how you use them.

Fireplace odors

Todd Woofenden

As a general rule, in any case of fireplace odors, a chimney cleaning is in order if you haven’t had it done recently (and certainly, if it has been over a year and you use the fireplace). A buildup of soot in the chimney will increase odor problems significantly.

Anatomy of a fireplace

Todd Woofenden

While there are differences among the various types of fireplaces, you will find several common parts. An understanding of the basic terminology is helpful. Parts of a fireplace.

Removing soot stains from bricks and stone

Marge Padgitt

Soot stains over a fireplace can ruin a focal point in a room and detract from the beauty of the stone, tile, or brick facing. Long thought to be irremovable, there are some new techniques and products that can do the job.

Planning a Fireplace Remodel

Marge Padgitt

In one case in Kansas City, a homeowner had a carpenter build custom bookcases and trim work around and above the fireplace. This work was quite extensive and expensive to build. After the work was completed, the homeowner called a chimney sweep to check it to see if there were any problems with the installation.

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