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Top 3 Reasons to Sweep your Chimney

–Article contributed by Owens Chimney Systems If you need to cut corners on your home maintenance, your chimney and fireplace are definitely NOT the place to do it. Before using your fireplace, you must make sure that it is clean and safe to operate. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that you have your Read more

Animals and Birds Inside Your Chimney

A number of factors go into maintaining both the safety and overall condition of your chimney.  We know that hazards like residue buildup can cause problems, but many of us don’t remember the smaller nuisances—chimney pests.  A number of unwanted critters can find their way into your chimney, so let’s talk about what those are Read more

Winter Chimney Checklist

Before firing up your fireplace for the first time this winter, there are a few things you must check for the sake of your family’s health and safety.  Cozying up to a warm fire can be delightful on a chilly winter night, but be safe about it!  Follow the winter checklist below to ensure a Read more

Why Your Fireplace is Smelly

Choose the best – High’s Chimney for Chimney Services Have you been dealing with an odor in your home that seems to be coming from your fireplace and chimney?  The good news is that putting up with bad smells doesn’t have to be a part of your fireplace experience.  First you need to identify what Read more

How to Reduce your Chimney and Fireplace Pollution

Heating with Wood and the Environment – part 5: 7 Ways to Reduce your Chimney and Fireplace Pollution Earlier on in our series, “Heating with Wood and the Environment”, we discussed the environmental issues of burning wood. We also discussed how what firewood you burn and how you operate a fire affect the environment. Last Read more

Environmental Comparison of Wood-Burning Stoves

Heating with Wood and the Environment – part 4: How Different Types of Wood Burning Appliances Affect the Environment Earlier on in our series, “Heating with Wood and the Environment”, we discussed the pollutants and other environmental concerns in burning wood. We also discussed how what you burn and how you operate a fire can Read more

Why You Should Not Remove 3rd Degree Creosote from Tile Liners

In part 1 of this series, we explained the three stages of creosote buildup. In part 2, we explained how to remove creosote. Now for the case for not removing 3rd degree creosote from tile chimney liners. In tile-lined chimneys, it’s the exceptional chimney that has good mortar joints.  In fact, if I were to Read more

How to Remove Creosote – About Creosote Part 2

As mentioned before in this series’ first post about creosote, there are three degrees, or stages, of creosote buildup. Chimney brushes are the standard method for removing first and second degree creosote. However, sometimes second degree creosote will be hard enough to remove that other methods would work better: There are flat wire brushes which Read more

High’s Chimney Service named a 2012 Best Pick by EBSCO

Recently, High’s Chimney Service has been named a 2012 Best Pick by EBSCO Research, an independent consumer research firm that produces the publication Best Pick Reports. Currently, High’s Chimney Service is a 2012 best pick for Chimney & Fireplace work in the Montgomery County region, as seen here. As of right now, we’re the only Read more

About Chimney Creosote – Part 1: The 3 Stages

What is Creosote? Creosote is actually just one of the components in the stuff (aside from the ash) that’s left over when wood is burned.  The whole mix of tar and creosote and soot is commonly called creosote.  The term is almost exclusively used when talking about burning wood.  If discussing soot resulting from burning Read more

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