1. Choosing the Proper Firewood

    The fireplace should be a focal point of your home. In times past, before technology invaded the living room, the hearth was where everything happened. The fireplace was used to cook, for light and, most importantly, to warm the home. The practice of cutting firewood was an affair that lasted all summer and for some, keeping the winter chill away depended on it. Back in those days, firewood was pr…Read More

  2. Curl Up In Front Of The Fire With These Books

    Keep the fires burning, that is what we always say. There is nothing that compares to the ambiance of a roaring fire on a cold winter night, with the glow creating the perfect light for reading. That being said, reading by the fire is best done when your chimney is clean and Chimney Care Plus is your local Frederick chimney sweep. We have been providing our neighbors a safe environment to curl up …Read More

  3. Pre-fire Inspections for Your Chimney

    The Maryland winter cold is just beginning to seep in, that miserable biting chill that seems to drip off of the trees in the still mornings. The time to use your fireplace is quickly approaching, but is it ready? How do you know if your fireplace, flue and chimney are ready for use? The only way to know for sure is to call the professionals at Chimney Care Plus. We are your local chimney care and…Read More

  4. Critters in the Chimney

    Do you ever think about your chimney? I mean, do you really think about it when the weather is warm and the fires are not burning. Probably not, it is just like the air conditioner in your car, it is never a sure thing it will work until that first hot day in spring. If you live in an area with wildlife it is a pretty good bet that at least at some point, one critter or another has considered your…Read More

  5. Chimney Care Plus, Your Local Chimney Specialist

    Just like a man, your fireplace is not an island. It is connected to your house through the attic or upstairs. Generally, homeowners know little about the condition of their chimney and that can be a dangerous situation. The elements in this part of the country are legendary for destroying things. The cold,  damp winter can take the mortar between bricks and shatter it. Think that you are exempt …Read More

  6. The Cold Is Coming, Time for a Chimney Cleaning!

    The writing's on the wall and the weather is changing. Let me reiterate that again, it is soon going to be really cold. Cold enough that my crystal ball broke last year. If you have lived in Frederick for more than 45 minutes, you know that it can get colder than the arctic in less than a day. That’s right my friend, it is chimney season. The time of year when going outside seems like the last t…Read More

  7. Fire Inside

    Fire. Yeah, the magical entity that inspires a million different poetic clichés, sports references and is even used to describe people with red hair. It is used as the benchmark of human discovery on this planet, how many times have you heard the adage of humans discovering fire? We love fire, we depend on fire to warm us, we count on fire to eat fiery treats like the blazing jalapeño popper. We…Read More

  8. Heat And Energy

    You drive your vehicle everyday but, do you really give much thought to the exhaust system in your car? An internal combustion engine is fairly efficient in its operation and the leftover gasses that are expelled out of the tailpipe are relatively clean (Now we all know that “clean” exhaust emissions is a relative term because there is much debate about that sort of thing.). When an internal c…Read More

  9. The Weather Outside Is…

    The winter is right around the corner and you can almost hear the sleighbells of that jolly red-suited fella. You know who I am talking about and it is not Spiderman. Ok so maybe winter is officially six-months away and in the midst of the summer heat it is difficult to think about sitting in front of a roaring fire. The thing is, now is the perfect time to make that old chimney into an efficient,…Read More

  10. The Danger of Lint (It’s Still Ok In Your Belly Button)

    The buzzer goes off on your dryer. You head to the laundry room and pull out a pile of warm, wonderful smelling sheets. The clean smell is intoxicating but your clothes do not seem to be getting very dry. This is an indication that your dryer vents are clogged and must be cleaned. At Chimney Care Plus this is one of our many services that we offer the good people of Frederick. We are much more tha…Read More