Date: 5/31/2017 8:01 AM EDT

Keep you, your family, and your home safe with these fireplace safety tips.

  • Get regular chimney inspections and cleanings. 
  • Always have functioning smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home.
  • Keep the area around your fireplace clear from objects and combustible material. 
  • Do not allow pets and children to play around the fireplace. 
  • Keep the proper fire extinguisher handy. 
  • Do not leave a burning fire unattended. 
  • Clean out the ashes left over from previous fires. 
  • Apply a fireplace screen to keep sparks contained. 
  • Have a chimney cap installed. 
  • Make sure that you are using the most safe and effective fuel for your fireplace. 
  • If you have questions or concerns, contact a professional who can help. 

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Date: 4/30/2017 4:32 PM EDT

There are a number of fireplace accessories that can help to improve the appearance, safety, and functionality of your fireplace. Here are some commonly purchased accessories and their purpose.

  • Fireplace screens come in various designs. They can be spark guard, flat guard, tri-fold, etc. Not only do they add a touch of elegance to your fireplace, but they also provide a level of protection from the high levels of heat coming from your fireplace. 
  • A fireplace insert can burn wood, gas, or pellets and gets inserted in an existing masonry fireplace that is no longer in use. 
  • Stove boards/hearth pads come in many different designs and fireproof materials. They protect the floor underneath your stove as well as the wall behind it.
  • Fireplace doors and stove doors enhance safety, reduce intensity of heat, add style, and improve efficiency of heat. 
  • Hearth rugs add style to your fireplace. They are tough and fire resistant.
  • A fireback, or back plate, is a heavy cast iron object positioned up against the back interior of your fireplace. They date back as far as the 15th century AD and what they do is provide a form of protection for that back fireplace wall. 
  • Ash buckets make it easy and safe to dispose of ashes from your fireplace. 
  • Fireplace and hearth gloves keep your hands protected while you deal with logs, hot materials, etc.
  • Fireplace cranes allow you to hang a cast iron pot above your fire for cooking.

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Date: 3/21/2017 11:02 AM EDT

Regular maintenance, inspections, and cleanings are essential for any fireplace in order to keep it safe, functioning properly, and clean. Creosote buildup, also combined with tar and ash, is a common reason why your fireplace may be emitting an odor. The amount of buildup is categorized as either a first, second, or third degree buildup. The third degree buildup, as you can imagine, is the most serious and difficult to clean. Unpleasant odor is not the only thing you may experience with creosote buildup. Allowing it to go untreated will put your family's health and home at risk. Odors coming from your fireplace may also be the result of moisture, animals, or negative air pressure. If you notice an odor coming from your fireplace or you suspect that there may be an issue with your fireplace, we recommend having it inspected by a professional. A professional will know what to look for and how to properly treat it. You deserve the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your fireplace is not a concern for you and your family.

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Date: 1/26/2017 5:22 PM EST

A chimney liner, as it sounds, is something that lines your chimney. It serves as a form of protection and is commonly made out of materials such as aluminum, metal, clay tile, and stainless steal. Because of the protection that a chimney liner provides, it is usually mandated by fire codes. So, what does a chimney liner actually do? It protects your home from both heat and combustibles. Did you know that a chimney fire can reach temperatures as high as 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit? By having a properly lined chimney you expand it's life by preventing the fire from deteriorating the inside. You also prevent your chimney from releasing harmful gases such as carbon monoxide into your home. A chimney liner will also help maintain proper venting performance, and possibly even improve the venting performance. If your chimney is without a liner or if that liner has any damage, it should be replaced by a professional who can choose the proper liner for your fireplace and install it correctly.

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Date: 12/16/2016 1:27 PM EST

Welcome to the new blog for Waldoboro Chimney! We invite you to check back here each month as we post on informative topics related to chimneys. If you ever have any comments or questions please feel free to leave them in the comment section below. We would love to hear your feedback. If there is a topic that interests you let us know. You may just see it in our next blog post! 😃

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