Category Archives: Fireplace

Rolled up newspaper used in priming the flue

Priming the fireplace flue

Rolled up newspaper used in priming the flue

What does a rolled-up newspaper have to do with preventing a smoking problem in a wood-burning, open fireplace? One of the most common causes for smoking problems in open hearth fireplaces is due to homeowners not priming the fireplace flue before starting the fire, especially during cold weather.  An indication that this is the cause […]

Smoke coming from fireplace

Ten Fireplace Smoking Problems and Solutions

Smoke coming from fireplace

As a professional chimney sweep, the most common phone call I get is about fireplace smoking problems.  Sometimes the smoke can fill the room; other times you may not even realize you have a smoking problem because the smoke is so subtle.  If it smells like a campfire in your living room the day after […]

Spring flowers with the words "Time for a Spring Cleaning"

10 Easy Steps to Spring Cleaning Your Fireplace

Spring flowers with the words "Time for a Spring Cleaning"

Spring has sprung and it’s time for some spring cleaning, and that includes your fireplace! Many people would agree that one of the least favorite household chores is cleaning out the fireplace after the last fire of the season but it doesn’t have to be difficult with some easy tips. Ashes should be removed from […]