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Wood Fireplaces vs. Wood Stoves

Wood Fireplaces vs. Wood Stoves

Not much can beat the look, feel, and smell of a wood fire, but many homeowners can get hung up on deciding whether a wood burning fireplace or wood stove is a better, more efficient choice . While each...
Three Types of Convenient Gas Burning Products to Consider

Three Types of Convenient Gas Burning Products to Consider

Homeowners with busy lifestyles prefer gas appliances to the traditional wood fireplaces that require chopping, hauling, and storing firewood. Not only are gas fireplaces & heating stoves the ultimate...
Safety Issues with Chimneys in Old Houses

Safety Issues with Chimneys in Old Houses

The chimneys in houses built many decades ago were built with different requirements than today’s, which sometimes means that safety is a real concern. Any chimneys built prior to the 1950s were almost c...
Common Problems with Gas Fireplaces – Part 2

Common Problems with Gas Fireplaces – Part 2

A gas fireplace is a genuine convenience for many homeowners due to their low maintenance requirements ; but there are various problems that can come up. Strange Noises. It is normal for your gas fireplace...
Common Problems with Gas Fireplaces – Part 1

Common Problems with Gas Fireplaces – Part 1

A gas fireplace provides the most convenient way to enjoy the flickering flames of a fire. No need to chop or haul firewood; simply flip a switch or light a match to get the appliance started. If ventless...
Benefits and Maintenance of Gas Logs

Benefits and Maintenance of Gas Logs

Would you like to enjoy the coziness of a wood-burning fire but without the hassles involved? Gas log sets make it possible to simulate the experience with remarkable realism. More and more homeowners...
Two Little Known Causes of House Fires: Batteries and Pyrolysis

Two Little Known Causes of House Fires: Batteries and Pyrolysis

Many people are familiar with the possible dangers of a chimney fire if the fireplace & chimney system has been neglected . But there are two other little known causes of house fires, batteries &...
Your Chimney Versus the Polar Vortex

Your Chimney Versus the Polar Vortex

Chimneys in Connecticut have had it tough lately. In January 2014, a Polar Vortex struck, bringing unprecedented low temperatures across the United States and Canada. Not so long ago, in February of 2013,...
Problems with Wood Burning Stoves: Causes and Solutions

Problems with Wood Burning Stoves: Causes and Solutions

Modern wood burning stoves are beautiful, efficient appliances and excellent heat sources; but they are not always trouble-free. Many of the potential problems that can arise with wood burning stoves ...
What to Do About Sooty Deposits

What to Do About Sooty Deposits

Soot inside of a home often goes unnoticed until it gets bad enough that dealing with it is far from simple. A stained wall is perhaps discovered when a painting is moved. Then, when further signs of soot...

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  1. What a terrific, educational website! Thank you for all of the information. I am a homeowner in Michigan who lives in a house built in 1950 with a beautiful fireplace. My house brick is soft, and I am challenged with two brick shoulders (exterior) whose mortar I have had to replace twice (along with a couple of bricks) in 10 years time. I have never had any leaking, and have always been proactive to protect my chimney. my roofer, who is also a general contractor, works with copper and has suggested that he “build” a couple of copper panels/sheets to place (and adhere) on top of the shoulders for condensation run off. I thought this might be a good alternative to fixing stone to the shoulders, which can be quite costly (like cut limestone). Have you ever seen this done? Do you forsee any problem issues with this idea? The shoulders on my chimney are flat and run on a 45 degree angle. Thanks for your help in advance.