Fire-Safe Chimney Sweeps Blog

In our blog, we address specific questions asked by our customers about chimney service, as well as provide educational information about your home’s chimney, fireplace, woodburning stove, flue, and the chimney sweep industry.

Licensed, Bonded, and Insured?

Why should every contractor you hire be Licensed, Bonded, and Insured? FOR YOUR OWN PROTECTION, before hiring ANY contractor for chimney cleaning or any home repair, ensure that they are: Licensed: qualified by a state or local jurisdiction to be adequately trained in a trade to provide

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Low use chimneys still need an annual inspection

Low use chimneys still need an annual inspection

Chimney’s make great homes for bees, wasps, birds, and other wildlife–especially when they are not often used or are in disrepair. We have responded to homeowners having problems with poor venting or smoke backing up into their homes, only to find that the flue was partially or

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Buying a new home with a chimney

When buying a new home, who should inspect the chimney? Chimney and fireplace inspections are NOT covered by most regular home inspections. When buying a new home with any wood-burning device, we would advise that the home-buyer hire their own independent, specialized chimney inspector to inspect those

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Chimneys… you get what you pay for

Is it SAFE to hire bargain basement “chimney sweeps”? PLEASE… do not put your family’s safety at risk! As a father and son business with very low overhead, Fire-Safe Chimney offers the most competitive price for a certified chimney sweep who is licensed, bonded, and insured to

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Why are Chimney Sweeps considered good luck?

Fun Trivia: Why are Chimney Sweeps considered good luck? The tradition of Chimney Sweeps kissing the bride and shaking the groom’s hand for good luck started about 200 years ago after a London chimney sweep saved the life of King George III. King George was riding horseback

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What is a Rumford fireplace?

What is a Rumford fireplace?

What is a Rumford fireplace? Rumford fireplaces are some of the most efficient fireplaces ever designed. They are tall and shallow to reflect more heat, and have streamlined throats which eliminate turbulence and carry away smoke with little loss of heated room air. Developed in 1796 by

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How much equals a “cord” of firewood?

How much equals a “cord” of firewood?

How much equals a “cord” of firewood? How to measure a cord of wood A cord is a measurement of wood that when neatly stacked and rowed equals 128 cubic feet. This stack measures 4 feet tall by 4 feet wide by 8 feet long or its

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The best time of the year for a chimney sweep

The best time of the year for a chimney sweep

We’re often asked: “What’s the best time of year to have my chimney swept?” Fall cleanings: If you haven’t had your chimney swept in a while, or if you burned more than a cord of wood last year, it’s best to have your chimney cleaned before the

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