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How To Recognize a Chimney Fire

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Fire in your fireplace is one thing — fire in your chimney is another!  During the normal course of burning a fire in your fireplace, flammable substances, including soot and creosote, can build up in your chimney flue.  Because the
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How To Keep Your Fireplace In Great Shape

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It’s a good idea to have your fireplace and chimney inspected (and swept, if necessary) annually to make sure they are as safe as they can possibly be.  Between inspections, however, there are some simple things you can do to
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Holiday Fire Safety

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Holiday decorations traditionally center around the warm, glowing aura of the fireplace.  A garland wreaths the mantelpiece, and a Christmas tree sits right beside, while the family appreciates the warm collective glow of lights, candles, and the fire. Please be
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Cleaning Glass Fireplace Doors

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Glass fireplace doors are a popular option for fireplaces of all kinds, including masonry fireplaces and prefabricated fireplaces.  Wood burning fireplace inserts and wood burning stoves have doors with glass windows in them.  Direct-vent gas fireplaces and direct-vent gas inserts
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Removing Squirrels from Your Chimney

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The tops of chimneys are actually inviting places if you are a curious squirrel.  They are shady and protected from most predators, and can be cool in the summer and warm in winter.  Sometimes squirrels just wander in inadvertently and leave
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What is Creosote?

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What Is Creosote? When wood burns, the carbon in the wood turns to carbon dioxide and floats up the chimney.  Other substances in the wood do not burn.  They are carried aloft by the heated air and are deposited on
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Spring: A Great Time To Get Your Chimney Swept

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Your chimney, fireplace, wood stove, or other appliance has been working hard all winter.  Now that the weather’s starting to warm up, it’s tempting to forget about it until next year.  But don’t!  Spring is a great time to get
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Choosing Your New Outdoor Barbecue Grill

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One of the time-honored rites of summer is the ritual of the backyard barbecue: gather friends, family and food and roast up some old-fashioned (and tasty!) fun.  You have several options when selecting an outdoor grill. Choosing The Right Fuel
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Glass Fireplace Doors

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Custom glass fireplace doors can be a great, cost-effective way to improve the appearance of your fireplace.  Doors can be custom cut to fit almost any fireplace. Glass fireplace doors have a variety of uses: They can beautify older fireplaces
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Chimney Odors

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Due to the porous nature of masonry, some smoke residue is always present in a masonry chimney.  Chemical residue from wood smoke actually penetrates the masonry and remains inside it even after the most thorough sweep.  This is not necessarily
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