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. Cozy Living Room With Lit Stone Fireplace

    Creative Ideas for Firewood Storage

    If you’re like we are here at Chimney Care Plus, then you probably spend most of your free time fireside. We love our fires, and dedicate ourselves to maintaining chimneys here in Maryland so that our neighbors can enjoy their hearths as much as we do. Now, if your fireplace and firepit prove to be a focal point in your day to day, then you may be spending plenty of time walking back and forth b…Read More

  3. Signs Your Chimney Is Failing

    Signs Your Chimney Is Failing

    Now that winter is in full swing, lots of folks are using their chimneys for the first time. And most of the time, your chimney will perform as well as it did last year. That said, chimney components can fail, and they require proper maintenance to ensure that your chimney remains safe and free from leaks. That’s why it’s crucial to have regular inspections and maintenance performed on your ro…Read More

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Fireplace With Logs on Fire

    The History of the Chimney Sweep

    "Chim Chimney, Chim Chimney, Chim Chim Cher-ee!" These iconic song lyrics call to mind the quintessential chimney sweep Bert featured in the musical Mary Poppins. As long as there have been chimneys, the ash and soot they leave behind after a fire has needed to be cleared away. Chimneys build up creosote which can restrict airflow, and even catch fire inside the chimney. Chimney sweeps perform the…Read More

  8. Why You Should Hire a Pro Chimney Sweep

    Don’t Try DIY: Why You Should Hire a Chimney Sweep This Spring

    The weather is warming, spring is coming, and your chimney most likely needs a cleaning! After burning wood all winter, your fireplace or wood stove will be ready for a spring cleaning. It is recommended that you clean your chimney once a year, and spring time is a great time to prepare for the next wood burning season. If you are considering tackling this task on your own, read on to see why hiri…Read More

  9. Logs and Fire Banner

    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

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    Warm Up Your Winter With a Good Book

    We previously looked at the books that can keep you warm through the long winter. Ok so maybe the only way you are going to be truly warm reading books is if you are burning them, of which we would definitely not recommend. The best way to read a good book is to stack some wood in the fireplace and get it blazing. The ideal light to read a book is by firelight, maybe that is why the popular Amazon…Read More