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.

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.

Smoky woodstove: smoking on windy days

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Some stoves seem to work okay except on windy days, or if the wind is coming from a specific direction. Chimney height should be considered as a possible cause. We will look at this and other possible causes.

Smoky woodstove: constant or erratic smoking

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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.

EPA-certified woodstoves

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Here is a simple guide to the types of new, EPA-certified stoves you will see in your local stove shop, and how they work. An understanding of these basic categories will simplify your stove shopping.

Introduction to woodstoves

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The wood stove industry has made huge technological strides in recent years. EPA emission standards have resulted in new designs for cleaner, safer, more efficient wood burning.

Mechanical troubles with fireplaces: fireplace doors

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A good set of fireplace doors is a highly- recommended accessory for saving heat and optimizing your enjoyment of the fireplace. But if the doors are damaged, improperly installed, or out of adjustment, they can be frustrating. Your chimney professional can fix most fireplace door problems.

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.

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