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Why Choose Crown Chimney?

Whether you need a chimney cleaning or more involved chimney maintenance, finding the right company to do the job is key. Since smoke and delicate structures are involved, it can get dangerous quite quickly if you do not rely on the right company to perform chimney repairs. We at Crown Chimney are proud of our work, and believe you should hire us for your next chimney repair or cleaning. The following are some reasons you should give us a call.

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Upside Down Firewood

Romantic couple sitting by fireplace at home

Romantic couple sitting by fireplace at homeThough it is getting to be summer time, sometimes we will still have the occasional chilly night where a fire would be acceptable. When you go to build your next fire, consider building the fire upside down. It sounds strange, but it is actually a more efficient way to build your fire with less smoke.

When you usually build a fire you tend to stack with the kindling at the bottom. You begin with the cardboard or newspaper, the kindling (the smallest pieces of wood) then build the stack up to the biggest logs that you have. This has been the typical way to set up your fire. Average fires are lit from the bottom.

However, there is a different way to stack your firewood that could potentially get you a stronger and longer lasting burn. When you flip your stack upside down in a way, you would get a different burn from your fireplace. Typical fireplace building would force the fire to start from the bottom, creating a smokier fire from the start.

When you build for a top down fire, you begin by stacking that largest stacks of wood at the bottom and work your way to the kindling and the tinder. This will allow your fire to begin burning and get to heat while allowing the smoke to easily leave out of the flue. As it burns down you are able to get a better, cleaner burn.

While it burns at the top it will still prepare the rest of the wood while allowing the clean burn. The perks to having a small fire at the top will also keep the flame from entering into the chimney. This is ideal as when flames enter into the fireplace it increases your risk for chimney fire.

The new way of burning firewood will still require you to have the right size build for your fireplace and be fixed in the center of the hearth. Be sure that you take all precautions when building your fire. Make sure your damper is open beforehand so the smoke will leave out the chimney and enjoy.

Remember that no matter how you build your fire, make sure you have had your chimney maintenance done on your fireplace. The maintenance will ensure that any fire that you build will allow you a warm fire that will keep you safe. Your local chimney experts can help you with any chimney requirements as you continue to enjoy your fireplace.

The dark history of Chimney Sweeps

crown chimney chimney sweep nhChimney Sweeps in NH are a part of a tradition that has been around since man figured out the fireplace. As man went from an open bonfire in the middle of the room, to multi story houses where flues were incorporated the use of clearing the chimney.

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Which Log to Burn?

chimney-services-nhWhen you have a fireplace there seems like there are a lot of maintenance rules out there to follow. Annual inspections and cleanings, creosote build-ups and a whole bunch of other information that seems like you will never be able to handle but will keep your home safe from fire. The last thing you should need to worry about whether you are burning the right wood in your fireplace. At Crown Chimney we want you to know what is good to put inside that fireplace of yours and what isn’t, especially if you are moving into a home with your first fireplace. By knowing this basic information, you could lower your chimney repair costs and even make maintenance easier.

There are two options when it comes to burning wood in your fireplace. You can choose between real wood and artificial fire logs. The main difference is pretty self-explanatory. The firewood, either you or another person chops it down into the perfect pieces and you use it in a stack. Then you worry about kindling and all the little things you need to know about getting the fire going. The fire logs however are a single log usually made with wax and sawdust. With these guys you just put them in the fireplace wrapper and all then light. Each decision has pros and cons and it is sometimes decided for you. If you are visiting a resort or some apartment complexes will have either gas fireplaces or only allow you to burn the Duraflame or Pine Mountain fire logs. Though if you own a home, how do you decide.

The reason why some complexes and resorts recommend the fire logs is because they tend to burn cleaner. The fire logs where they are “repackaged” wood they do not create the creosote that can build up and lead to fire. For tests done for Duraflame logs alone, they produce about 66% less soot per hour than when you burn real wood. However, they do not always produce as much heat as a real wood fire would produce.

Real wood ultimately is what many individuals choose to go with if they have the chance. With regular wood there are many things to consider. Firewood tends to build up creosote so your need for a good chimney maintenance is crucial. Firewood also needs to be made sure that it is seasoned rather than fresh. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America fresh wood can contain up to 45% water. The maximum moisture in wood when you go to burn it should be approximately 20-25%. Once wood is chopped if it is properly store within 6 months it will be good to use. Start chopping the fresh wood now! Basically if the wood looks green, it’s not time to burn. The lower moisture content will make it easier to burn as well as allow it to produce more heat and less residue. Very moist wood will use much of its energy drying out the wood so you will not get as much heat while getting acidic water residue in your chimney stats the Chimney Safety Institute. Burning moist wood will create issues that you will lead you to call a chimney sweep in more frequently for routine maintenance to ensure a clear flue and that there is no creosote buildup.

These differences are what makes the final decisions for what is used in your home. Many want real wood for the heat that it produces and will happily take more maintenance for the chimney. However, many also enjoy Duraflame and Pine Mountain Fire Logs because they are easy to light without the mess in the chimney.

The final decision is yours and whatever you deicide Crown Chimney will be happy to come to you for any chimney maintenance and repair needs for your chimney over time. Call us at 603-587-0788.

Everything You Need to Know About Chimney Lining

Let’s hope your house never catches on fire. But if it did, what would be the most likely cause? Did you forget to turn the stove off? Did you leave a flammable liquid like oil too close to an ignition source? Did Grandpa forget to put his cigar out? We at Crown Chimney recognize that house fires are caused for a variety of reasons. However, we believe that one of the most overlooked is chimney lining. Educating yourself on chimney lining will better enable you to prevent one of the most horrific domestic catastrophes that can occur. Here is the crux of what you need to know. chimney lining

What are chimney liners?

Chimney liners are the material that separates the flue of the chimney from the interior walls. Its role is to prevent the combustible by-products produced by fires from setting your chimney aflame and destroying your house. Because chimney flue is highly combustible, particularly if coated by excessive amounts of creosote, chimney liner is an indispensable aspect of your chimney. With adequate chimney lining, your chimney won’t overheat and be susceptible to corrosion.

Are there different types of chimney liner?

Good question. Yes, there are. The two most common types are clay tile liners and metal flue liners. The most common in modern homes are metal flue liners, which are manufactured in several different shapes and sizes. Metal flue liners are effective, long-lasting, and relatively inexpensive. Clay tile liners are functional and were the norm before the latter part of the 20th century. They consist of stacked, rectangular tiles, fortified by mortar. Their biggest downside is that the natural shape of the tiles is not ideal for optimal smoke ventilation.

How would I know if I needed a new liner?

A chimney liner doesn’t need to be replaced terribly often, but it’s critical to get an annual chimney inspection to make sure that yours is working properly. Various types of damage can occur to liners, some as a result of age and others as a result of extreme weather conditions. Your Crown Chimney staff will be able to provide you a picture of the interior of your chimney to assist you in determining if it’s time for a new liner.