woodstoves: 10 Do or Don't Items of Fire Safety Including Fireplace and Chimney - 12/27/17 05:44 AM

Each year I hear about multiple house fires at the start of winter. Almost all could have been avoided if the residents took the time to do a few safety checks and/or used common sense. Two recent fires that destroyed homes were due to improper disposal of smoking materials and fireplace/woodstove ashes.
 If you have a standard fireplace as shown in above photo, you can do some quick checks before using it each year. Most fireplaces have all the basics components. A foundation, hearth, firebox, smoke shelf, throat, outside air intake, flues, shell, profile, damper, clean out, ash dump, chimney, rake, flashing, … (7 comments)

woodstoves: National Chimney Safety Week - 10/02/16 10:19 AM

 
 The last week of September into the first week of October is National Chimney Safety Week. Homeowners usually start thinking about getting ready for the upcoming winter. One of the things on the maintenance list should be having your chimneys inspected and cleaned if needed. This photo is looking down a 13 x 13 flue liner. This one looks pretty clean from the top. While up there, a chimney sweep will check the cap, flashing, and condition of the brick, stone, etc and might add a rain guard/spark arrestor. Some people just use a wire mesh cap. Then from down in … (2 comments)

woodstoves: Firewood, Fireplaces, Woodstoves and Chimneys - 10/21/15 11:06 PM
 Seems like every year someone asks me where they can get some good seasoned firewood. There are a few honest wood sellers in this area who have stockpiled some wood. It's usually seasoned less than 6 months if they sold out last winter, and then cut some wood during summer months to sell this winter. I tell people who I think has good wood, but also tell them they need to look at it. You can usually tell if it's seasoned by the weight, the color, and the bark. You can also usually tell what type of wood it is by … (13 comments)

woodstoves: Inspect Your Chimney, Firebox, Flues, Wood Stoves, Caps - 12/10/14 08:48 PM
Well, it's that time a year again when house fires are more common, and people wait until last minute to order firewood and have their chimneys cleaned. People also grab whatever supplemental heat devices they have handy, and most likely havn't been used since last winter. Those include electric space heaters, kerosene heaters, oil filled heaters, etc.
 It's not too late to have your chimney checked. ( depending on where you live).
 Many minor defects in a chimney or firebox can lead to major problems if ignored.
Starting at the top, check flue liners for cracks, nests, cresote build up, offsets, … (26 comments)

woodstoves: Weather Changes Fast- Are You and Your Home Ready For Winter? - 10/24/12 09:47 PM
With Hurricaine Sandy heading for the East coast, bringing 60+ MPH winds and 3 + days of heavy rain with it, it will be a sudden notice for many that they aren't ready for winter. One of the things homeowners always seem to put off until it's too late is buying seasoned firewood, and having their chimneys cleaned and inspected. I saw a chimney sweep at one of my neighbors ( Earl) yesterday. Earl burns a lot of wood every winter, and he is elderly and all country, so he knows what a malfunctioning chimney can do. Earl is also a … (21 comments)

 
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