Burlington Fireplace & Solar Blog
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The smoke chamber is the most overlooked chimney component. Some chimney sweeps even miss it during their inspection since it’s tough to see into. It sits right about the firebox and connects to the flue. This nearly hidden chamber is a severe safety hazard in many homes. Why are some smoke chambers risky? When you […]
Buying a fireplace is similar to most other purchases – it involves a lot of research when you need to make your decision, and then you forget it all after it’s been installed for a year. Since fireplaces aren’t replaced every 3-5 years like most technology, it can be even easier to fall out of […]
Fireplaces and chimneys need regular maintenance, just like a car. Neglecting to keep up with it can be as dangerous as letting the oil in your engine run out. A blocked, damaged, or dirty chimney could spark a severe house fire or expose you to “the silent killer” carbon monoxide. Follow these 4 simple steps […]
Are you wondering if the lintel bar above your firebox is necessary? This bar extends over the top of the firebox and supports the front side of the chimney. Many interior designers, contractors, and DIY homeowners are guilty of removing this essential chimney component. While the fireplace lintel might not look important to you, it […]
While we all know the fireplaces we buy and use on a daily basis need some TLC once in a while, it’s easy to forget the routine things we should be doing because it’s not directly staring us in the face. We know when the microwave or oven needs to be cleaned, because of the […]
Nothing lasts forever. We often forget that this axiom is as true for chimneys as anything else. Masonry fireplaces are built to last for decades. Over time, they can begin to crumble. Repairing a crumbling chimney can be extremely costly, especially if you wait too long to take action. Building a masonry fireplace requires a significant […]
The cost of converting a home to solar energy has dropped dramatically over the last ten years, and its popularity is surging. A photovoltaic solar panel system is a smart investment that will significantly cut your utility costs. If you are wondering if it’s right for you, read on! We’ve rounded up and answered 10 […]
Chimney leaks are the most common problem we receive calls about. In many cases, faulty chimney flashing is the cause. Chimney flashing is the metal seal that bridges the gap between the chimney and your home’s roof. When it’s in good shape, it prevents water from running down the sides of the stack into your […]
During the spring and summer, many people notice debris falling down their chimney. Leaves, chunks of broken mortar, soot and other debris are familiar sights. What is landing in your fireplace can give you be a clue about what is happening in your chimney. It may be an indicator that your chimney needs repair, or […]
Every year the U.S. has around 100,000 thunderstorms and 25 million lightning strikes. Most of those storms take place in the summer. It isn’t unheard of for lightning to strike a chimney. If this happens to your home, it’s time to call a professional chimney sweep. Chimney Damaged Caused by Lightning Though chimneys are built […]