18 Need-to-Know Facts about storing firewood

There’s a lot to know in how to purchase, season and store firewood, not only to keep you safe but to save money. This is the third post in a series of three that will explain how to purchase, season and store your firewood. 1) Cut firewood to the proper size logs you will be … Continue reading 18 Need-to-Know Facts about storing firewood

14 Need-to-Know Facts about Seasoning Firewood

Here are some interesting facts that will help you season your firewood for your fireplace or stove.  Seasoning your wood is critical not only for safer fires, but to reduce creosote buildup in your fireplace or stove flue pipe and to reduce pollutants into the atmosphere.  This is the second post in a series of … Continue reading 14 Need-to-Know Facts about Seasoning Firewood

10 Need-to-Know Facts About Purchasing Firewood

Here are some interesting facts that will help you purchase firewood for your fireplace or stove. If you do it right, you will save money while keeping your family safe and toasty.  This is the first post in a series of three that will explain how to properly purchase, season, and store firewood. 1)  When … Continue reading 10 Need-to-Know Facts About Purchasing Firewood

A Chimney Cap is Essential, Even During The Summer

Many people think that the sole reason for a chimney cap is to keep the embers from starting the roof on fire; however, there are so many other benefits to a chimney cap, even during the hot summer months. A chimney cap will keep the critters out! About a month ago, I received a panicked … Continue reading A Chimney Cap is Essential, Even During The Summer

A gas valve inside a fireplace is dangerous!

This occurs more often than you think. Upon inspection of a fireplace, we find the gas valve for the fireplace is located INSIDE the firebox.  The fact of the matter is, if the valve is located inside the firebox, then the valve has to be removed, capped off and relocated. According to the California International … Continue reading A gas valve inside a fireplace is dangerous!

10 Things to Never Burn in a Fireplace

True story: When I was growing up, we lived next door to some wonderful neighbors. John (not his real name) was a California Highway Patrolman and we highly respected him. His wife became best friends with my mother. My brothers and I became friends with their four sons. One winter, John was trying to get … Continue reading 10 Things to Never Burn in a Fireplace

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Wind Caps Solve Fireplace Smoking Problems

Enjoying a warm fire on a cold evening is one of the simple pleasures in life, but not when that beautiful crackling fire is accompanied by the eye-burning scent of smoke. There are a number of causes for fireplace smoking problems, many of which are easily remedied. If you live in an area prone to … Continue reading Wind Caps Solve Fireplace Smoking Problems

How to Avoid a Dryer Fire During a Flex Alert

Here we are in July and we’re all enjoying the beautiful summer weather that’s common here in beautiful San Diego, but this heat has created some unintended consequences. Due to the extreme summer heat throughout the region and the resulting high electricity usage, the manager of the state’s power grid has issued a Flex Alert … Continue reading How to Avoid a Dryer Fire During a Flex Alert

15 Facts about Bees in Chimneys

It’s that time of year again when our phones are ringing off the hook with customers calling about bees in chimneys.  If it’s any consolation, you are not alone if you have this problem.   We’ve noticed an above-average number of bee calls over the past five years here in San Diego. Here are 15 facts … Continue reading 15 Facts about Bees in Chimneys