5 Tips to Season Firewood

5 Tips to Season Firewood

Learning how to season firewood is an important step in maintaining your chimney properly. If the wood is wet, for instance, it is going to produce more dangerous creosote. Creosote, of course, is a leading cause of chimney fires, and must be removed regularly. You...
3 types of Chimney Inspection

3 types of Chimney Inspection

Thinking of selling your house this Spring? Get ahead of the game and have your chimney inspected first so there are no surprises when you are under contract during buyers inspections.The National Fire Protection Association is the organization that sets American...
8 Things you should NEVER burn in your fireplace

8 Things you should NEVER burn in your fireplace

Fireplaces are meant to burn wood but it unfortunately becomes a trash disposal option for many homeowners. Burning something other than what is actually meant to be burned in the fireplace can be extremely dangerous for more reasons that one. Here is a list of items...
The Chimney Swifts Have Returned!

The Chimney Swifts Have Returned!

THE MAGIC OF THE SWIFTS If you live in Portland, you are probably familiar with the famous Chimney Swifts (aka Vaux Swifts) that emerge around dusk for numerous days in the early fall, congregating in a massive flock around the old chimney at Chapman Elementary, and...
3 types of Chimney Inspection

The 3 Levels of Chimney Inspection

The National Fire Protection Association is the organization that sets American standards for chimney inspections. The NFPA outlines three levels of chimney inspection depending on what circumstances are occurring that have triggered the inspection. In general, the...
My Chimney Stinks! What Do I Do?

My Chimney Stinks! What Do I Do?

When the temperatures get hotter in the summer, you may notice unpleasant odors coming from your fireplace. This is because warmer weather can stir up smells inside your chimney. Certain things in the interior of your chimney can cause it to become smelly, and we at...
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