1. Wall of Logs Ready for Fire

    Best Practices for Chimney Care

    There’s nothing greater than an evening spent in front of the fireplace as storms pass through. And it’s nights like that which make it worthwhile to take care of your home’s hearth. For the most part, taking care of your chimney and fireplace is simple, especially once you’ve lit a few fires. But in case this is your first time owning a home with a fireplace, we’ve cataloged some “bes…Read More

  2. Why Leave Chimney Care to the Pros

    Why You Should Leave Chimney Care to Professionals

    If you’re considering performing a chimney inspection or repair yourself, we urge you to reconsider. While some inspections and repairs are doable (like checking to see if the chimney damper is open), we recommend that you hire a professional for most issues. After all, your chimney is full of dangerous soot and creosote, and if you have to do any work on the roof of your home, the height alone …Read More

  3. Identifying Common Causes of Chimney Odors

    Identifying Causes of Chimney Odor

    Fireplaces and chimneys, although they add warmth and monetary value to your home, sometimes they just flat out smell. Chimney odors become more common during this time of year when the moisture inside a chimney heats up on hot and humid days during the summertime. While smelly chimneys can be frustrating for homeowners, you certainly do not have to live with them! When it comes to odors coming fr…Read More

  4. What You Should Know Before Buying a Home With a Chimney

    Buying a Home With a Chimney? Here’s What You Need to Know

    When looking for a new home, there are many features and amenities that people tend to look for. An open kitchen space, an outdoor patio, and garage are a few of things homebuyers will look out for. Additionally, some home buyers will have a fireplace at the top of their list for desired amenities. Fireplaces and chimneys can be very beneficial, especially during the colder months of the year. How…Read More

  5. Fire Safety for Kids

    Fire Safety Tips for Kids

    When you have a fireplace in your home and you also have children in the home, you need to place an added emphasis on fire safety. While fireplaces are not dangerous when used properly and well-maintained, they can be hazardous in the hands of small children. Make sure your kids have a deep understanding of the importance of fire safety from the time they are very young. As Western Maryland's sour…Read More

  6. What Not to Burn

    What Not to Burn

    Having a fireplace or a wood burning stove can be a delightful experience. Snuggling up on a cold evening in front of the crackling flames creates a cozy ambiance in your home. When you operate your fireplace correctly, you can enjoy your fire without fear of danger. However, if you don’t take the necessary safety precautions, your beautiful fireplace can quickly turn into a massive safety hazar…Read More

  7. Signs That Spring Storms Have Damaged Your Chimney

    Signs That Spring Storms Have Damaged Your Chimney

    Spring thunderstorms often pack a fierce punch. With high winds, heavy rainfall, and pounding hail, a spring storm can leave your home damaged and in need of major repairs. Because your roof takes the brunt of the storm’s fury, it often suffers from the most damage. Not only is your roof at risk but components of the roofing system are also at risk, which includes your chimney. If you are concer…Read More

  8. Raven on Rooftop Near a Chimney

    Common Problems in Old Chimneys

    Do you live in a beautiful, historic old home? You probably love the unique charm that your home has to offer, and the fact that your home doesn’t look just like everyone else’s. But if you have an older home with fireplace, there are certain problems you should be on the lookout for. Older chimneys (any built before 1950, and definitely any that are from the 19th century) were constructed wit…Read More

  9. Flames on Black Background

    Tips for a Great Fire!

    If you have a fireplace or woodstove in your home, you have the opportunity for cozy nights, warming up your rooms, and adding beauty and character to your home. But if you can’t get the fire started, you won’t be able to enjoy all the great benefits! If you are a fireplace or woodstove owner looking for tips on how to build a great fire, read on — you will be a fire-starting pro in no time!…Read More

  10. Bird Sitting on a Branch

    Birds in Your Chimney?

    Have you heard any unusual noises or chirping coming from your chimney? If it is between spring and early winter, you could be hearing chimney swifts. These tiny birds migrate north from South America and return when the cold weather starts to set in. These birds are harmless, but you may not want them living in your chimney. You may not even notice them in your unused chimney until the babies are…Read More