Category Archives: Fireplace

Money flying out of wallet

An open fireplace damper is like an open window

Money flying out of wallet

During these dog days of summer, many homeowners are making a very expensive mistake. Here in San Diego, homeowners are opening their SDG&E envelopes and getting sticker shock with astronomically high utility bills. What homeowners don’t realize is that by making a very simple change, they can save a great deal of money.   So […]

Young couple sitting in front of the fireplace with their dog

50 Tips For Enjoying Your Fireplace

Young couple sitting in front of the fireplace with their dog

There’s nothing better than a warm fireplace on a cold evening. Here are 50 quick and simple tips that will help you safely enjoy that cozy fire even more. IMPORTANT SAFETY TIPS 1. For an open fireplace, the glass doors must be in a fully open position. Once the fire has died out, close the […]

Damper clamp

Fireplace Damper Clamps

Damper clamp

The issue of damper clamps can be confusing, not just to homeowners but to home inspectors, utility companies, government building departments and even amongst chimney professionals. In many cases, this issue rears its ugly head during the stressful time of purchasing or selling a new home. What is a damper clamp? Damper clamps are also […]

Fireplace odor like a campfire

Six Causes of Fireplace Odors

Fireplace odor like a campfire

There’s nothing better than a warm, cozy fire in the fireplace but there’s nothing worse than the “campfire-in-the-living-room” smell that can sometimes occur afterwards. Understanding some of the causes for a stinky fireplace will help prevent the problem. There are several key causes for fireplace odor issues.   1) Smoking Problems Sometimes a smoking problem […]

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 […]