Gas fireplaces have several benefits: they’re easy to control, efficient at heating, and clean-burning. Every once in a while, however, there will be issues that need to be addressed. Below are some common problems with gas fireplaces and how to fix them:
Why Won’t My Gas Fireplace Start?
There are several issues that might prevent a gas fireplace from igniting. Here are some potential causes: Continue reading
Asking what’s the best way to waterproof a chimney or what are the best waterproofing products are both understandable enough questions, but they’re also too broad for a simple answer. Best way to waterproof what kind of chimney? Are we waterproofing a vertical wall or the breast of the brickwork? There are brick, concrete block, stucco and stone chimneys and there are different considerations for all of them – meaning you might use different products on different types of chimneys. Let’s peel this back like an onion. Continue reading
I’m sometimes asked “What’s the best way to block a chimney?” You really should ask another question first. Ask “Should I block the chimney flue?” Not necessarily, and in general I wouldn’t (though I will tell you how to do it.) The other, and more important, question you should ask is “Is it safe to block a chimney?” Continue reading
We get at least one of these questions almost every week so maybe I can help by answering them here. Some of them have “do it yourself” answers, but not all of them. In some cases the answer is to get a professional in to look. Here’s what people want to know. Continue reading
Since the other articles were written, there is something new to add. There is a new chemical by Saver Systems called PCR (Poultice Creosote Remover) and it works really well and really fast. By fast I mean overnight. In extremely bad situations it is conceivable that it could take two applications. It is available through chimney service companies, not available to the general public.
Who is it good for? It’s good for people who have 3rd degree creosote and…
- have decided not have a stainless steel chimney liner…
- …or who want a stainless steel liner but don’t want the tiles destroyed
- want an appropriate option to relining before selling a house
- don’t mind the price tag this has (more on that shortly)
- and plan to NOT get in this condition again
Let me elaborate. You recall that I mentioned that there is likely to be creosote all over the outside of the tiles as well? This is why I favor removing the tiles and replacing them with a stainless liner. So keep in mind that as effective as PCR is, it’s only going to work on the inside of the tiles.
It’s understood that some people really don’t want to destroy the tiles, and I respect that. If a wood-stove is being vented through the fireplace flue (in a properly sized stainless liner) but you need to get the creosote out of the tile first, PCR would be a very good way to do that.
About the price. This is why you don’t want to do this as a regular thing. PCR is somewhat expensive in the first place. It requires specialized sponge applicators which are also kind of expensive and it requires two trips (or even three if the chimney is severely messed up, but usually two). PCR treatment seems to range between $450 and $700 with $5-600 being very common. It costs much more than a chimney cleaning but is something like 25% of cost to reline the chimney with stainless steel.
So PCR really is an excellent option to get out of a bad spot, but afterwards you want to make sure you don’t just do it all over again. Be sure to follow all the good advice such as burning hotter and using ACS or CreAway for maintenance.
Watch this video clip and you’ll see that PCR is pretty amazing stuff.
Nothing makes a backyard or patio more welcoming than a warm, safe fire. Choosing the type of fire pit that will fit your space and meet your needs is no easy task. You have to consider how much space you will need to ensure safety, how many people will be enjoying the fire at one time, and which style will complement the landscaping and furniture of your outdoor space.
As experts on fireplaces and fireplace safety, we review the types of outdoor fire pits available and provide some helpful ideas to consider when making a selection. Other than digging a hole in the ground, there are two common ways to have a fire outdoors: outdoor fireplaces or freestanding fire pits. There are a many types freestanding fire pits or bowls which we will review below.
First, here are a few things you’ll want to consider when choosing the best type of fire pit for your space. Continue reading
This doesn’t really fit in any category but I’m in a mood to write it. Online reviews are an important part of doing business these days. We certainly get our fair share of the good and bad, but ultimately what’s important is our customer. We recently got a terrible review online. The guy gave a long and detailed description of a job gone bad and how terribly inept, unresponsive, etc, etc. we were. You can bet that got our attention and we looked into it right away.
The thing is that we couldn’t find this fellow in the system at all. And we couldn’t find a job that fit the description around the time he mentioned. Not to mention, anything that went as bad as this guy’s job could not escape notice around here. We are certain something is wrong with the review. Do not think I am saying we never mess up- a company this size has its share of problems (usually from some kind of lack of communication- it’s our constant challenge) but we try to be right on top of every problem. We try to get things resolved quickly for everyone’s sakes, including our own. But this review doesn’t ring right. Continue reading
This October 5th-11th marks the 93rd year the National Fire Prevention Association holds their Fire Prevention Campaign. The campaign was first launched in 1922 after President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire (October 8th, 1871).
This year the theme is “Working smoke alarms save lives, test yours every month!” As part of the theme the NFPA has released some tips for installing, checking, and maintaining smoke alarms. Continue reading
Short Answer: It Depends. Here are some answers to questions we regularly encounter, and hopefully, a lot of insight into the whole subject of “insurance coverage and chimney repair.” Continue reading
Are you looking to install a fireplace in your home? Better late than never! But the question isn’t if you should invest in one, it’s what kind is right for you? Well, many fireplaces are powered by one of two types of energy: gas or wood. These heating units vary slightly in features and benefits, so let’s get the inside scoop and figure out which is best for you. Continue reading