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Should I Use my Fireplace with a Baby in the House?

February 13, 2018

Bringing a new baby home comes with so much joy, but it also come with so many worries and fears. New parents worry about everything from feeding, to sleeping, to diapering, to home safety. One thing that is especially concerning for many new parents is using their fireplace with a baby in the home, but […]

Emergency Chimney Repair

February 5, 2018

When you are using your fireplace in your home it is always important to practice fire safety, but sometimes there are problems that arise without warning. Some situations involving your chimney are emergent while others are less urgent. What is a chimney emergency? What issues can wait and what issues need immediate attention? Let’s look […]

Ellicott City, MD Chimney Sweeping Services

January 17, 2018

When you think of chimney sweeping, there’s no doubt you’re picturing the musical number in Mary Poppins. However, chimney sweeping is a real and necessary aspect of owning a fireplace. Without a swept chimney, you could be risking your entire home. Chimney sweeping is a dusty, dirty, and potentially dangerous job. For this reason, you […]

How to Source and Season Firewood

January 10, 2018

Collecting wood for your fireplace or wood stove may seem like an easy task, but finding good wood isn’t as simple as you’d think. Firewood must be seasoned before it can safely be burned, and finding it can be difficult. Let’s look at ways to source and season your own supply of firewood. Sourcing Firewood […]

Should I Install an Electric Fireplace?

December 27, 2017

An electric fireplace is a newer, attractive way to add a fireplace to a home. They’re safe, beautiful, and offer so many different aesthetic options. However, are there downsides to an electric fireplace? How much do they cost? What negatives do they bring to the table? When searching for the perfect fireplace for your home, […]

Chimney Safety: Prevention Goes a Long Way

December 21, 2017

During this colder time of the year, it’s extremely comforting and welcoming to have a roaring fireplace. For many families, a fireplace provides a significant portion of the home’s warmth during the winter, so it’s going to get a lot of use. While there are many bright sides to owning a fireplace, you must also […]

Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Fireplace

December 4, 2017

Having a fireplace in your home adds to the overall aesthetic and provides an alternative heating source for your family. But not all fireplaces are pleasing to the eye, many home’s have existing fireplaces that are outdated, inefficient, and sometimes even unsafe. Let’s look at some easy ways to upgrade your current fireplace to make […]

Five Signs of Fireplace Troubles

November 28, 2017

With colder temperatures quickly descending upon us in Maryland, it’s that time of the year to build our first fire of the season. But there are some things that need to be done in preparation for that first fire. Inspecting your fireplace for any signs of damage is an important part of fireplace maintenance. Cracks […]

Why It’s Important to Keep a Chimney Clean

November 3, 2017

With winter approaching, everyone is going to want to huddle up around the fireplace. But when was the last time you had the chimney cleaned? Probably over a year if not way longer, right? The National Fire Protection Association recommends a professional Maryland chimney cleaning service and inspection at least once per year. It can quickly […]

Cracks in Fireplace Bricks

August 4, 2017

Have you noticed if your fireplace has developed a crack or two in some of its bricks? This damage is something you need to address promptly in order to protect your home from the potential fire hazard these cracks cause. Here’s what it will take to repair the cracks in your fireplace, and why it’s […]