Get Ready For the Cold Checklist!

As the colder weather moves in, we take a look around our homes to see what needs to be done to keep us safe and warm. Order firewood. Any hardwood, such as oak, maple, beech or elm, will work fine for firewood. You want seasoned firewood that’s at least a year old. Ash is the… Continue reading

Anatomy of a Chimney

When most people think of chimneys, they think of fireplaces. For thousands of years, we have gathered around an open fire for a sense of warmth, safety, family and friends, and the fireplace is still a focus of gathering in homes. Along with the many pleasures of having a fireplace in the home, there are… Continue reading

Heat with Firewood or Gas

What could be better than a roaring fire on a cold night? Let’s consider a fire that needs no tending, requires minimal cleanup, and provides heat for you home. That's what you get with today's gas fireplaces. Modern versions are very realistic. They have glowing red embers and tall orange-yellow flames that dance and flicker… Continue reading

Is Your Chimney Smoking In Your House?

An evening in front of the fireplace should be a soothing and relaxing experience. However, there is nothing particularly soothing about a room filling up with smoke. There are many reasons that smoke leaks into a home and this month we offer you some of the most common causes and solutions. (more…) Continue reading

Fireplace Safety During the Winter Holidays

We hope you are enjoying the warmish temperatures at the start of this Winter, but as New Englanders, we know the cold is on the way, as are the holidays! The winter holiday season can be a joyous time of the year. Bright decorations on the mantle make warming by the fireplace even more special… Continue reading