Back puffing – have you had this problem? 1

Specialty caps and cap dampers can solve back puffing problems[/caption]As the weather gets colder and we close up our homes, turn on the furnace and use our fireplaces, we sometimes experience smoke coming back into the room.  Why does this happen? The underlying cause is negative pressure.  When your home is closed up, your appliances […]


Thank You-Volunteers

THANK YOU! 1

As we come to the end of the “active” portion of the Black Forest Fire, it is time for reflections and resolutions.   Reflections on the valor, courage and faith of our first responders and the community at large.  We will probably never know of all the heroism that occurred during this incredible event.  In spite […]


Now is the time to prepare your firewood for next fall 2

We’ve put our winter coats away (we hope!), the sun is shining and although there are still some cooler evenings, for the most part you are probably thinking you are done using the fireplace until next fall.  So you don’t need to replenish your woodpile until August or September, right?  Wrong!  Now is the time […]

Log splitting

Flue Caps Stainless

3 Reasons to have a Flue Cap 15

Reason # 1 Spring is in the air and the critters are on the move.  Mama raccoon is looking for a good, safe place to birth her “kits” and if you have a masonry chimney without a flue cap, you may be chosen for her new home.  A good quality flue cap installed correctly will […]


Maintenance is key to Safety

Just like chamging the oil in your car prolongs its life, the same is true for fireplaces and woodstoves. The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) recommends all wood burning systems (fireplaces and woodstoves) be structurally checked annually, and have their chimneys swept as necessary. This is the best time of year to do it because […]

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Make your home the Romanic Get Away

There is still Time to Fire Up the Love: Valentines Day

Greeting cards abound with sentiments of love, television commercials focus on gleaming diamonds and your inbox is flooded with offers from florists.  Ah yes, it’s that time of year again, the time when we are urged to show our love and affection for that special someone in our lives. While a nice dinner in a […]


Santa chimney

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town…Is Your Chimney Ready?

  It was a peaceful scene if you looked outside.  Snow fell with a whisper, gently covering the large fir trees surrounding the clearing.  In the soft light of the night, you could just barely see the lights of the barn, where the reindeer were snuggled up warm in the hay.  If you turned and […]