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Burlington Fireplace & Solar Blog

We hope to provide you with lots of interesting content about Hearth Products like fireplaces, stoves and fireplaces inserts along with articles about safety and care of your chimney systems. Burlington Fireplace & Solar will also be posting information about Solar Energy for Southeastern Wisconsin residents and businesses.
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Chimney Cleaning Mistakes That You Don’t Want to Make!

A fireplace is a beautiful architectural feature that increases your home value. Maintaining your fireplace and chimney is easy as long as your schedule an annual chimney cleaning. Skipping a professional chimney sweep can put your health and home at risk. Every year, thousands of people suffer preventable house fires caused by their fireplaces. Burning […]

Chimney Repairs You Need to Address Right Away

You may love sitting by your fireplace in winter, but have you forgotten about chimney repairs and maintenance? The truth is, for many homeowners, the chimney is out of sight and out of mind. Chimneys are highly vulnerable to damage, and there is an excellent chance that chimney repairs are needed right away. Some issues […]

Why Ice Dams are Dangerous for Your Chimney

Have you noticed icicles hanging from your roof? That may be a sign that you have ice dams on your roof. Ice dams can pose a severe risk to the health of your chimney and roof. If there are icicles around the edge of your roof, it’s time to call in the experts for an […]

The Pros Guide to a Leaky Chimney

A leaky chimney can be a pesky problem. Water damage can spread from your chimney to nearby walls, floors, and ceilings. Along with discoloration, it can cause wood rot and mold. Without finding the source of the chimney leak, you could end up with thousands of dollars in repair costs. Why is my chimney leaking? […]

Fireplace & Wine Pairings: The Essentials!

Not many people know this but the ancient Roman art of pairing wines to fireplaces has been happening for thousands of years. Rumor has it even cave men would only drink the finest vintage wines around communal fires or special red blends while roasting their mammoth legs. Finding the right combo can be tricky for […]

Fire Safety Tips Everyone Should Know

Home fires are more common than most of us realize. In 2019, fire departments in the U.S. responded to a house fire every 93 seconds, according to research by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Many of these fires could have been prevented if the residents had followed essential fire safety guidelines. We have compiled […]

The Importance of Creosote Removal

On average, there are over 20,000 house fires sparked by fireplaces every year in the United States. 87% of those are chimney fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, the most common cause is a failure to clean out creosote. Creosote is a highly flammable compound produced by burning fuels like wood that builds […]

How Cold Weather Affects Your Chimney

While many homeowners light the fireplace to stay warm during the winter, the cold weather can also have a devastating effect on your chimney. It’s not just the frigid temperatures; it’s the rain, sleet, and snow that is common during this time of year that is so destructive to the chimney. It can accelerate masonry […]

Winterize Your Chimney for Increased Energy Efficiency

A fireplace can bring friends and families together with its inviting, warm glow. When a fire isn’t burning, your fireplace can be a source of cold drafts if you haven’t winterized your chimney. There are four simple steps you can take to winterize your chimney and increase your home’s energy efficiency. #1. Schedule a cleaning […]

Fireplace Considerations for Property Owners

A rental property with a fireplace stands out from its competitors. Survey after survey has shown that Americans love living in a home with a fireplace. Unfortunately, it also increases the risks for landlords and property managers. A fireplace can be a dangerous appliance. Is it worth the risk? The answer to that question is […]

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