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Stan's Fireplace and Chimney Service's Comments

Posted in Backdraught in 10m high chimney on February 19, 2012

I've had good luck with a special downdraft cap called the Vacustack, made by ICP. Very similar to the product listed on my website, made by homesaver. Check it out:

Posted in chimney lining for wood stove on January 22, 2012

Hey Colorado, if a 6" liner will fit down the chimney I would suggest installing an insert and connecting it directly to the new stainless steel liner, for efficiency and safety and to bring your chimney up to code.

Posted in fireplace smokes on January 11, 2012

It sounds like you have done your installation according to code. I believe that raising the chimney a couple feet may help, but more than likely you are getting a downdraft and a vacustack, downdraft cap should help with that. If your house is too tight, when you open the window or door near the fireplace and it helps, you may want to consider installing a scuddle fresh air intake in the utility room to help equalize pressures when using your fireplace.

Posted in Fireplace Smoke on November 22, 2011

Very Good, Chimney Chick!

Posted in Fireplace Smoke on November 21, 2011

If the stove in an air tight stove, it is usually a good idea to open the air control before opening the door, also if the stove has a damper, it should be opened before the door is opened. Have the chimney checked for a draft restriction, when was the chimney lat cleaned and inspected?

Posted in fireplace damper on November 16, 2011

Yes, I agree, the damper should always be fully open when ever there is a fire in the fireplace, and closed when not in use. A new damper/cap may be more energy efficient and convenient for you to use. Stan

Posted in Annual Safety Inspections for Your Chimney on November 1, 2011

Most of the customers we service burn on evenings and weekends, and go thru about a cord a year. I suggest these customers should have their chimneys cleaned once every every three years, if they are burning good seasoned hardwood. I am aware that the NCSG suggests the chimneys be inspected once a year, and I do not disagree with the idea, but with my average customer once every three years seems to be sufficient.