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What is Creosote?

January 16, 2017

If you own a fireplace or wood stove, you’ve heard of creosote before, and if you haven’t you need to know about it. Creosote is a by-product from burning wood that is dangerous for your home if not properly removed. That said, what exactly is creosote and why is it so bad? What is Creosote? […]

What Types of Wood are Best for Fireplaces?

January 11, 2017

If you own a wood burning fireplace you’ve probably heard different answers to the question of what types of wood are best for fireplaces. Some people will tell you hardwoods, others may say softwood. The answer isn’t as cut-and-dry as you may think. So, here are the types of wood that are best for fireplaces. […]

Anatomy of a Chimney

December 27, 2016

A chimney is a very complex system and understanding how chimneys are built and how they work can help you to determine why yours does or does not work well. In short, a chimney works because of the differences in pressures between hot and cold air. Ever heard someone say hot air rises? This simple […]

How Often Should I Have My Chimney Inspected?

November 10, 2016

As Winter approaches, many Maryland residents begin to start wondering about chimney services, and how often to have their chimney inspected. This questions is a lot simpler thank you might think. According to the National Fire Protection Association Standard, “Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from […]