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Signs That You’ve Had a Chimney Fire

Signs That You’ve Had a Chimney Fire

Over 20,000 chimney fires happen on average every year. Despite this, many homeowners don’t even realize it until they have a chimney inspection. You may have had one in your home without realizing it. But what is a chimney fire and how do you know if your chimney has had one? Learn the signs and […]

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What Is Creosote & What Makes Creosote Dangerous?

What Is Creosote & What Makes Creosote Dangerous?

Temperatures are dropping and many homeowners are starting to think about their fireplaces for the cold season. But if they haven’t had their chimney cleaned recently, there may be a hidden danger lurking in the deepest reaches of their flues: creosote. What is creosote? It’s a dangerous byproduct that comes from burning wood and stays […]

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Proper Storage for Firewood: Best Practices & Tips

Proper Storage for Firewood: Best Practices & Tips

A good fire is impossible to achieve without good firewood. Since freshly cut, green wood isn’t ready for the fireplace, you need to know how to properly store your logs. Storage for firewood isn’t as simple as it may seem. If you don’t store it correctly, you could expose it to infestations, rot and increased […]

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Fireplace Safety Tips: Things You Should Never Burn in a Fireplace

Fireplace Safety Tips: Things You Should Never Burn in a Fireplace

Your wood-burning fireplace is built for one thing: wood. It’s in the name! However, many use their fireplace as an easy way to get rid of boxes, bottles or other trash. Not only is this bad for your fireplace, it can lead to long-term health issues for anyone that breathes in the byproducts. Read through […]

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What Causes Fireplace Back-Puffing? How Can I Prevent It?

What Causes Fireplace Back-Puffing? How Can I Prevent It?

There are few things as relaxing as sitting next to roaring fire. That is, of course, assuming you aren’t startled by a sudden, audible bang with a cloud of soot and smoke filling your room. If you’ve never experienced this, count yourself lucky! Whenever your appliances – from fireplaces to stoves – push their smoke […]

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Water in Chimneys & Fireplaces: Warning Signs & Prevention

Water in Chimneys & Fireplaces: Warning Signs & Prevention

Chimneys are a necessary bridge between your home and the outside. Without it, smoke and vapor from your fireplaces or appliances wouldn’t be able to escape, leading to health hazards and other dangers. The most common concern? Moisture. Experts know the risks of water in chimneys or fireplaces, but do you? Read on to learn […]

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Fireplace Safety FAQ: Can I Cook in My Fireplace?

Fireplace Safety FAQ: Can I Cook in My Fireplace?

If you’re thinking of innovative ways to spice up your meals, you may be wondering, “can I cook in my fireplace?” The simple answer is that, in most cases, you can! If you’re a fan of the outdoors, you may already be familiar with open-fire cooking. Many of these skills translate perfectly into cooking with […]

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Chimney Inspection Levels: What Are They & What Do They Mean?

Chimney Inspection Levels: What Are They & What Do They Mean?

The off-season is a great time to plan your chimney inspection. Especially for frequent fireplace users, you’ll keep your chimney well-maintained so you can enjoy it right away when the frigid weather comes around again. You may be surprised to discover that not all chimney inspections are the same. Depending on the circumstances, your chimney […]

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What Is a Chimney Liner and Why Is It Important?

What Is a Chimney Liner and Why Is It Important?

Your chimney plays a vital role in the safe use of your fireplace or wood-burning stove. Many homeowners are surprised to hear that poorly-maintained flues and chimneys are actually one of the common causes for home fires. When it comes to your wood or gas-burning appliances, there are many parts that go into keeping your […]

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How the Doctor Flue FlueBase & FluePad System Improves Our Service to You

How the Doctor Flue FlueBase & FluePad System Improves Our Service to You

If Doctor Flue has recently serviced your chimney or fireplace, you may have noticed our technicians using a tablet during their visit to document their work and maybe even get your signature. That helpful device contains the software we affectionately call FluePad. This software, developed in-house, helps us improve every experience you have with Doctor […]

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