2nd Generation Chimneys, Inc. Blog : Archive for October, 2016

Test Your Carbon Monoxide Detectors Each Month!

Monday, October 31st, 2016

As a company specializing in chimney and fireplace inspection and cleaning, we want to make sure that every home is as safe as possible throughout the warmer season. Carbon monoxide detectors protect you and your family members from illness and, in some cases, death.

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Chimney Creosote: The Scariest Halloween Intruder

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Halloween is all about things that go bump in the night. But at the end of the day, we know it’s all just pretend. Some of the scariest things that can actually get into your home, however, may already be there.

Creosote is a dangerous substance that you don’t want in your house. But it’s likely in your chimney right now! And unlike a spooky ghost, creosote cannot disappear on its own. You need chimney sweeps to clear out your chimney this fall, leaving you free to worry about more important things—like keeping goblins and vampires away from the home.

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Is a Pellet Stove Better than a Woodstove?

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Today, you have more options than ever before when you want a wood- or pellet-burning appliance to fill your home with warmth. Rather than traditional wood-burning stoves that require seasoned logs of firewood, pellet stoves burn small wood pellets an inch or less in length.

Pellet stoves certainly have their advantages, but are they the better choice when compared to a traditional woodstove?

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Here’s What Creosote Does to Your Chimney

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Fall is the time to start preparing your home for the cold. That means you may take on some major home improvement projects—like adding in insulation or a new wood stove to your home. Or you might add some smaller things to your home, like a new throw blanket or some warm pajamas.

But there are also some things you should be doing each year, no matter how prepared your home feels. This includes scheduling a chimney inspection and cleaning. This can rid your chimney and fireplace of creosote, a substance that is highly flammable and can be quite dangerous.

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Don’t Get Stuck without a Safe Chimney This Winter

Monday, October 10th, 2016

You wouldn’t drive your car for years without getting an oil change and general maintenance services. So why would you light a fire in your fireplace without having your chimney cleaned and inspected? This service is important for purposes of comfort, but more importantly, for the safety of your home.

Before winter comes, schedule a chimney inspection and cleaning so that your home is as safe as possible. Call us for more information and learn more here.

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Preparing Your Fuel Supply for the Fireplace

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Homeowners in Minneapolis are nearly ready to start their fireplaces and feel the cozy warmth they can bring. But first, they’ll have to make sure they have the right fuel for the job. Is your firewood ready for use in your fireplace? Check out our guide for preparing your fuel supply, and don’t start your fireplace unless you feel confident you have properly sized, well-seasoned firewood on hand.

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