What is a prefabricated (prefab) fireplace? Prefabricated fireplaces, or prefabs for short, are manufactured metal fireplaces that are built offsite and installed by a chimney technician or contractor, usually in new homes as they are being constructed. In Vermont...
Common Hidden Issues with Fireplace Construction At Chimney Savers we perform thousands of fireplace inspections and cleanings each year. During these inspections, most homeowners envision us checking the damper area, chimney top, and chimney liner. But many don’t...
Most homeowners know that chimney sweeping is an essential part of maintaining their home’s safety. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America, chimneys should be inspected annually and, if needed, swept. But how much you should expect to pay for this...
By avoiding the busy fall season you can schedule chimney cleaning at your convenience … and maybe save some cash. I have been in and around the chimney service business since I was 14 years old. Fall has always been the busy season, and the fall rush is a crazy time...
Tips & Tricks for Historic Chimney Restoration
On a weekly basis we get phone calls from homeowners across New England who are frustrated and confused. They typically have pre-1900’s New England Colonial and Federal-style homes, and want to bring their original fireplaces back into working condition.
Vermont State Homes: Chimney Savers Tends to Your Chimney’s Every Need
Paul Bianco, owner of Chimney Savers, has been running the family business with his father for many years. Bianco has a team of experienced chimney technicians and masonry artisans in his employ who are licensed to provide a full range of chimney cleaning and repair services. Whether you need your chimney swept, inspected or realigned, Chimney Savers has your back.
A Brief Discussion on Creosete
As I meet with hundreds of members of the wood-burning public each month, I find that creosote is one of the most misunderstood topics relating to their stove. Many customers, especially those burning older non-catalytic stoves, assume that creosote is just a normal by-product of combustion. Most customers understand that too much creosote in their chimney is dangerous and can cause a chimney fire, but almost none of them can accurately define what creosote is or how to reduce its buildup in their flue. Here’s a simplified explanation:
To Parge or not to Parge
Fireplace smoke chambers have recently become a hot topic among homeowners (no pun intended)! Working on a minimum of four chimneys a day for the past seven years has given me plenty of time to think about and discuss the topic. First, we need to understand a little more about smoke chambers…
2010 Census Shows Wood is Fastest Growing Heating Fuel in U.S.
Rural low-income families the new growth leaders in renewable energy production
October 10, 2011 – Recently released US Census figures show the number of households heating with wood grew 34% between 2000 and 2010, faster than any other heating fuel. Electricity showed the second fastest growth, with a 24% increase over the last decade.
How to Prevent a Chimney Fire
Your chimney sweep is dedicated to preventing a chimney fire in your home. Trained technicians inspect your chimney system, making sure it is ready to handle the use cold weather brings. By having your chimney inspected and cleaned on a regular basis you can reduce your risk of a chimney fire.