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Fall Chimney Maintenance & Sweepings

The leaves are starting to fall, temperatures will cool down soon here, and before we know it many of us will be engaging in apple picking, pumpkin carving, and all types of fun fall activities. Here at Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney, we’re gearing up for fall weather too by helping homeowners all throughout our service area prepare their chimneys for the holidays that are fast approaching.Fall Chimney Maintenance & Sweepings

Investing In Your Annual Inspection

First things first, you’ll need to have an inspection done. The CSIA recommends investing in at least one inspection per year, as this will minimize the risk of further damage or troublesome issues that could put your home and family at risk. This is an easy step to take – all you have to do is call us and schedule an appointment!

Once we check things over, we can let you know of any further work you may need to have completed. We’re CSIA certified and qualified to perform level 1, 2, or 3 inspections so, no matter what state your chimney is in, we can set you up right. When you work with us, you get nothing less than the best!

Do You Need A Sweeping Or Repairs?

Should our inspection reveal further issues that need addressing, our team is more than ready to handle it all. Many times there are cracks, holes, and other forms of deterioration that need to be properly addressed before homeowners can safely light their first fire of the year. In these cases, we will utilize our best tools and materials, ensuring a job well done, so you can feel confident moving forward with your burning season.

Other times, we take note of excess creosote within a chimney system. Creosote can be very harmful when it accumulates and, no matter the texture or amount, it should be addressed promptly before any further issues arise. Creosote is known for being very flammable, so your chances of experiencing a chimney fire increase significantly when a lot of it is present.

In these cases, a thorough sweeping will be necessary. Our team stays up-to-date and trained on all of the latest technologies and techniques in this industry, so you can rest easier knowing we’ve got you covered from top to bottom.

There’s No Time To Waste

Fall weather is upon us, so don’t put it off any longer – give us a call today! As you can imagine, we get really busy this time of year, as many homeowners get eager to put their fireplace to use. We want to ensure we can fit you in during a time that works well for you and that we can address any extra maintenance in a timely manner, so you’re not forced to put off that first fire of fall.

Please give us a call, and we’ll get you set up right in no time!

By Jake Johnson on September 14th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Chimney Cap Installation & Accessories

Looking for an inexpensive way to solve countless chimney woes? Talk to our experts today about a new chimney cap! At Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney, there’s nothing we take more seriously than keeping your home and chimney as safe as possible, and a chimney cap offers countless protection. Why wait? Give our sweeps a call now, and we’ll come and install a chimney cap in no time!

Importance Of Chimney Caps

Chimney Cap Installation & Accessories - Littleton CO - Mountain Man Fireplace and ChimneyChimney caps serve many purposes for your fireplace and chimney. They’re mostly known for keeping water out of your flue, ensuring your masonry stay safe and last for the long haul. Protecting your chimney from water damage is one of the most important things, and a chimney is one of the best way to protect against water.

Chimney caps also protect against animal invasion. Birds, squirrels, raccoons, and other woodland critters love to hunker down in your warm chimney and build nests. This is obviously a big issue, especially if and when you go light a fire. A chimney cap keeps these animals out, guaranteeing a safer situation for you and the creatures.

Worried about sparks flying out onto your flammable roofing materials? Chimney caps can stop any stray sparks or embers trying to fly out of your chimney. Chimney caps are also great for blocking downdrafts. They keep out excessive debris, which lower your risk of clogs and buildup significantly. Call us today for more information!

Need Something Extras?

If you’re looking to enhance your chimney cap even more, talk to our team about purchasing some chimney cap accessories. We have various tools and equipment that can further inhibit downdrafts, animal entry, and more. We’re certain we have everything necessary for personalizing your cap to your needs and preferences.

Always Trust The Professionals

There’s no doubt that when it comes to keeping your chimney in tip-top shape by trusting a professional and certified crew. This ensures everything with your fireplace is as safe and efficient as possible. Fall is coming up fast, so now is the time to get all of your chimney and fireplace maintenance done. We’ll get your fireplace ready for the burning season ahead. Call our pros now at 303-679-1601. 

By Jake Johnson on August 31st, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Summer Is An Ideal Time For Masonry Repairs

Is your masonry looking worse for the wear? You’re not alone. Many love the look and design of a masonry chimney or fireplace, but will begin to notice some cosmetic issues when the structure isn’t regularly inspected and maintained. Unfortunately, these cracks, holes, and crumbling pieces can lead to bigger issues that eventually put your home and family at serious risk. Summer Is For Masonry Repair - Littleton CO - Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney

Our team of experts is ready and able to help people all throughout our service area maintain stronger and longer-lasting chimneys and fireplaces. If you need help call on the CSIA certified crew at Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney today. We’re ready and eager to help you out!

Why Is Now A Good Time?

Fall is only a couple of short months away, so it won’t be long until our schedule books start to fill up. Many homeowners put off maintenance until right before the burning season begins, but this doesn’t always work out in an ideal manner. Because time slots fill up fast, finding the perfect appointment time based on your schedule isn’t typically an easy thing to do. We love it when we can perfectly accommodate homeowners, but this becomes increasingly more difficult the busier we get.

Between planning around busy time frames and addressing countless masonry repairs throughout the area, it could end up being quite some time before we get in, get the work done, and give you the okay to light your first fire of the year. We want your holiday season to be as festive as possible, which is why we urge you to call us now while we’re still in our slower time of year. We’ll get your masonry issues addressed in no time!

Many find the satisfaction of crossing chimney care off of their to-do list a huge incentive for calling our team in right away, but that’s not the only reason why summer-time repairs are encouraged. This time of year also offers an ideal temperature range for these types of jobs because the materials we use need to be applied in certain weather in order to cure properly. If you put off maintenance too long, we might advise you to wait until spring comes back around to get your work done-.

Let’s work together now to get your masonry looking and functioning great before fall and winter arrive. We’d love nothing more than to offer you the peace of mind you’re looking for regarding your fireplace, and we know you won’t regret calling us in early when you’re lighting up a fire on that first cold day.

Don’t Let Crumbling Masonry Bring You Down Any Longer

When it comes right down to it, a broken down chimney isn’t especially fun to come home to and it’s dangerous to light fires when damages are present. Your risk for house fires and gas leaks increases significantly, and you may eventually face a collapse which could cause injury and cost you hundreds in damages. Don’t take any chances. Give our team a call now!

By Jake Johnson on August 10th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

Considering A Factory-Built Fireplace?

So you’ve decided to purchase a new fireplace for your home, but which one is the best fit for you? Between fuel type, style, location, and more, you have a lot of things to consider. At Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney, we’re here to help. We can advise and guide homeowners every step of the way, leaving them confident and happy with their final decision.

One of the first things we urge homeowners to consider is whether they want a masonry fireplace or a factory-built, also called prefabricated unit. While masonry options offer a classic look and feel, many people are going with the factory-built styles, as they realize the countless perks they offer!

Which Is Better: Masonry Or Factory-Built?

Considering A Factory-Built Fireplace - Littleton CO - Mountain Man Fireplace and ChimneyDeciding between a masonry fireplace or a factory-built fireplace can be a challenge. We wouldn’t say one is better than the other, but there are a few reasons why a factory-built option might work better for your home and lifestyle.

Factory-built fireplaces offer more flexibility when it comes to placement options inside your home, and they do not require the reconstruction of your entire home. All the parts are delivered straight to you, and they simply need to be assembled by a trained CSIA certified sweep. It’s a less time-consuming process, and it won’t cost as much as having to build a masonry structure. All of these factors typically play a major role in a homeowner’s decision!

Factory-built units also give homeowners years of enjoyment without undergo such a permanent renovation. Many people love the idea of a fireplace, but they are afraid of committing to such a big investment. These units need to be removed or replaced about every decade or so to allow you get your money’s worth.

Now Is The Time To Call

If you’re hoping to get your fireplace before it gets cold again, then now is the perfect time to get on the phone with our team to get started. We know it seems like summer just started, but time is flying by and fall will be here before you know it. Once temperatures start to drop, we’re certain you’ll want a fireplace, so it’s important to ensure you’re ready for the cold!

Fall is a busy season for us, so don’t put off a big decision like getting a new fireplace until later. With our books filling up fast, it will get harder to get you on our schedule, especially at a time that’s convenient for you. Call us right now to get started, and we’ll be able to get your fireplace up and running in no time. Our team of professionals are here to help, call us at 303-679-1601 right now.

By Jake Johnson on July 27th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Which Chimney Vent System Is Right For You?

This may seem like an obvious fact, but if you have a fireplace in your home, you’ll need to have some type of venting system attached to it. This ensures your family stays safer, and it lowers the risk of dangerous fumes entering your home. If you’ve recently had a new appliance installed or if you are having troubles with your current venting system, then it may be time to consider your options.

At Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney, our sweeps are trained and certified to help you out. Let’s work through your options together, then find the solution that works best for your home. Give us a call today!

Direct Vent

Direct vent is the most common type of venting system. It works like a chimney, venting the fumes from your fire up and out of the house through the roof or back wall. These setups are known for working efficiently and offering good heat output into the home. Many homeowners feel more comfortable with these, rather than a vent-free option, because they know there’s a much lower risk of carbon monoxide exposure.

Keep in mind, though, that these types of fireplaces need to have a glass door or panel installed in order to work properly inside of the home. If this isn’t the style you’re hoping for, another option may need to be considered. Fortunately, most love glass doors, as they ensure added protection for small children and pets inside of the home. We can help you work through your options, so give us a call right away!

Vent-Free

Vent-free systems are for those with a less traditional set-up. If you want a fireplace, but found the prospect impossible because you don’t have a flue or chimney, we may be able to offer solutions with a vent-free appliance. They offer many benefits, which include being inexpensive, very simple to use, strong heat output, and burning very efficiently and cleanly.

This may sound ideal, but it’s important to keep some drawbacks in mind, too. Many worry these units are less safe and, technically, the risk of exposure to carbon monoxide and other gases increases with them. That being said, vent-free appliances have come a long way over the years, and most are designed to shut off automatically if oxygen levels become too low. Just be sure to have it regularly inspected, just like any other fireplace!

Natural Draft

Natural draft occurs in a more traditional fireplace setup. It uses air from the interior of the home, then sends it up and out through the chimney. If you already have a chimney in your home, this may be the best choice for you. We can also incorporate a new unit with an existing chimney.

No matter your setup, it’s vital to have things regularly checked over and inspected. Our sweeps are standing by ready to serve you! Call today to schedule an appointment!

By Jake Johnson on July 13th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Ready To Replace Your Fireplace?

There are many reasons to update your fireplace. You may want to change your fuel type, update the design of your fireplace, or just want your  system to be as safe and as efficient as possible. We are the experts to trust when you’re ready to updated your fireplace. Trust our CSIA certified team at Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney to help you!

Reasons To Update

Updating your fireplace can bring lots of benefits. Revamping the look of an outdated exterior increase the value of your home while simultaneously create a more enjoyable look aesthetically. Another reason to update is to increase the efficiency of your appliance. If your fireplace is not putting out enough heat for your home or if drafting issues are causing your heating and cooling bills to spike, then an upgrade is necessary. One suggestion is to invest in an insert. Inserts are known for saving homeowners tons of money every year, and they come in a wide range of beautiful and modern designs.

Sometimes, homeowners just want to switch things up or ready for something new. One route is to change your fuel type. The genuine smells and sounds of a wood-burning fireplace offer a wonderful and classic atmosphere, but this particular fuel type also demands a lot of work. However, gas-fueled options turn on with the push of the button or flip of a switch. They are not as messy as wood-burning fireplaces, as they don’t produce any ash, wood pieces, or smoke back-up!

Finally, a new fireplace greatly improve the safety of your home. Older models are prone to break down, and their designs could cause risks. Upgrading to a fully enclosed option or a newer model could lessen the risk for gas leaks, chimney fires, creosote buildup, and other issues. When it comes to the safety of your friends and family members, there is no time to waste. Upgrade your fireplace today!

There’s No Time To Lose!

If you’re ready for a new fireplace, now is the time to call our experts! Fall is still months away, and our sweeps are able to give you the time and dedication necessary to get the job done before temperatures cools and our schedule is full. Contact us today for the best chimney care. We’ll listen to your needs and concerns to ensure you are more than satisfied. Call us at 303-679-1601 now!

By Jake Johnson on June 29th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

All About Primo Kamado Grills

At Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney, we’re passionate about bringing homeowners the best products and services. That’s why we’re here to tell you about Primo Kamado Grills! These units are perfect for any home, especially with summer right around the corner. If you’re interested to learn more about them, talk to our experts today.

Made In The USA

If you love American-made products, then this is definitely the grill for you. In fact, all of Primo’s ceramic grills are made in the USA, and they’re the only ones of their kind! We are committed to providing the best products all made here in the states. Talk with us to get yours, and you’ll be enjoying summer barbecues for countless evenings.

Enjoy The Versatility

If you don’t have a lot of experience with Primo grills, then let us offer some guidelines. Primo grills are so popular because they can be used in a variety of ways. Whether you want to grill, smoke, roast, or use it as an oven, you’ll be able to get the job done right! Once you’ve seasoned your food, light up your appliance, then adjust the temperature and settings based on your preference. The Primo grill is easy to use and there are simple information from the website for additional help.

Features & Extras

If you invest in a Primo Kamado Grill, you’re probably wondering what come with it. Primo offers tons of extra accessories with their products, so you’re sure to get the best grilling experience! When you buy the unit, it come with a grill, side shelves, a cradle, an ash tool, and a grate lifter. The shelves are durable and conveniently fold down.

The hardware that comes with the unit is also scratch and rust resistant, so you don’t have to stress about bad weather ruining them. There are countless accessories you can purchase to make your grill the best.

Contact Us For More Information

If we’ve peaked your interest and you’re wanting more information on these one-of-a-kind models, then contact our certified crew. Be sure to ask about our venting and fireplace services, too. Call us at 303-679-1601 to get started right now.

By Jake Johnson on June 15th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Enhance Your Outdoor Space With A Fire Pit

It’s finally spring, and warmer days are upon us. We’ve got a lot of nice weather ahead of us, and we tend to notice many homeowners looking for ways to spice up their yard space this time of year. Many think Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney is only about installing and maintaining fire pits, but we actually do a lot more! One thing we specialize in is fire pit installation – the perfect addition for your outdoor space!

Benefits Of Owning A Fire Pit

If you’re on the fence about how useful a fire pit would be, let us present some reasons why people love adding these units to their homes. First things first, it adds a great aesthetic that guests and family members will rave about. Fire pits are great because they come in a wide range of style and design options, meaning finding the perfect fit for your home is easier than ever! You can pick which fuel type you’d like, how you want things arranged, and personalize it even more to your unique tastes.

Fire pits are also great for outdoor fun and activities. Whether you’re roasting hotdogs, whipping up some smores, or telling scary stories, you’ll want a fire pit to get the job done right! Some fire pits also work for cooking lots of food at once. If you have a large gathering, you can easily get everyone fed in no time.

Don’t forget about all the extra heat you’ll gain! Summer days are usually hot, but nights can get a bit cool. If you want to enjoy a party or barbecue into the evening hours, lighting up the fire pit will provide hours of warmth and extra light. The ambiance is also unbeatable! Whether you’re alone, with family, or have lots of friends over, fire pits are great for setting the mood of any occassion.

Really Want To Showcase Your Style?

As we said, the fire pit itself can be easily customized to your needs and lifestyle, but once it’s installed you can do even more! If you’ve chose a gas-fueled option but are looking for something to make it look more realistic, invest in some gas logs for that perfect finishing touch. Or if you want to go more modern, why not try out some glass pieces or stones? There are tons of great stylish options out there, so be sure to ask our team about what they can offer you.

Spring Is The Best Time To Call Us In

No matter what you end up with, we know it’ll look great and function efficiently. Why? Because our team of experts has got your back through it all! Call us now, while the weather is nice and our schedule books are open. We can’t wait to do more for you this spring and summer. Once your new fire pit is installed, you’ll be wondering how you ever lived without one! Call us today to book your appointment!

By Jake Johnson on May 22nd, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

Unhappy With Your Fireplace? We Can Help!

Is your fireplace looking a little run down or old-fashioned? It’s time for an upgrade! Unsightly damages and out-of-date structure contribute both to the looks and functions of your fireplace, but you don’t have to deal with these frustrating issues with proper fireplace care and maintenance. After all, fireplaces are meant for peace, relaxation, and creating lasting memories. Now it’s the perfect time to give us a call!

Pick Your New Gas Or Wood-Burning Fireplace Today

At Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney, we sell and install gas and wood-burning fireplaces, and they are definitely going to fit your modern decor. Having trouble deciding between the two? Let us help!

Wood-burning fireplaces are a classic and traditional choice. Wood is not only a cheap fuel source, but many also believe you just simply can’t beat the sounds and smells associated with it. The only downside is that these types of fireplaces require lots of work and upkeep. Although, some people do enjoy finding, hauling, storing their own wood. It’s all about what you prefer!

Gas fireplaces are known for their convenience. They offer a great ambiance and provide many styles, without the stress and hassle of maintaining a wood pile. You also don’t have to learn how to start a fire, as these units turn on with a switch! Worried about messy ash piles? Not with a gas appliance! They’re mess-free and great for people with a busy schedule. Talk to us about investing in yours today!

Considering An Insert?

Many times when homeowners upgrade their fireplace, they choose to invest in an insert. If this is the right option for you, our experts can help with that, too! Inserts are known for their efficiency and high heat output. Typically, they save homeowners a lot in energy bills throughout the year!

Like our traditional fireplaces, the inserts we offer come in both wood and gas-fueled options, but we also offer a third option – pellet-fueled. All three have their pros and cons, and it’s really about deciding what will work best with your lifestyle and family. Our team is ready to help! We’ll work together to find exactly what you’re looking for so you can live happier and safer when fall arrives. We’re ready to serve you!

Spring Is The Time To Call

With spring upon us, now it’s the perfect time to invest in chimney and fireplace repairs. Our schedule is likely more open, and when fall arrives again, you won’t be waiting around for maintenance. We want you to enjoy your fireplace on that first cold day! Call our professionals now to come take a look.

By Jake Johnson on May 8th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Is Your Chimney Leaking?

As much as we all love the warm weather that comes with Spring, but it also brings us lots of rain. While it helps to nourish our plants and grass, it can bring lots of troublesome issues for your brickwork and masonry. Chimney leaks are a huge problem and can trigger lasting damage. Fortunately, there are many ways to combat this problem. At Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney, we know many solutions to help your chimney’s masonry to last a lifetime!

Our Team Can Patch Things Up

If leaks are already present in your chimney system, then you should give us a call right away! We know exactly where to look and what to inspect to ensure all holes, cracks, or openings are found and sealed. If any part of your chimney is broken, let our experts come repair and replace them right now. It’s critical to get these issues resolved as soon as possible to avoid further decay and deterioration. With our team on your side, you can rest easy knowing things are taken care of and will be restored back to normal in no time!

Springtime is the most ideal time to get all of your leaks and repairs fixed. The products we use must cure in a certain temperature range to ensure the best results, and spring gives us the perfect weather to get things done just right!

Most chimney companies also have more openings during the spring and summer months. Fall and winter are very busy as you can imagine. By scheduling your appointments now, you are guaranteed more flexibility. We’ll make certain all repairs are addressed so your chimney and fireplace is ready to go when fall arrives!

Preventative Maintenance

Now that your chimney is back in optimal condition, it’s time to consider preventative maintenance to avoid any future concerns. A well-built chimney crown, for example, ensures water slopes down and away from your chimney and brickwork. A good chimney cap will stop water from entering your flue and wreaking havoc.

Another important part of your chimney system is the flashing. The flashing seals the area where the roof and chimney meet, and it plays an integral part in keeping water out of your fireplace and your home. Unfortunately, it inevitably cracks, rusts, or separates from the structure and needs to be mended over time. Our team is trained and equipped to fix any of your flashing problems!

Let our professionals help

Lastly, we strongly urge our customers to invest in waterproofing to prevent the masonry from absorbing too much water. As the brickwork soaks in water, it can cause the structure to become weaker. After going through the freeze/thaw process a few times, you’re looking at some big problems to come!

We offer the best products along with years of experiences in this industry. Call or contact us online to set up an appointment right now!

By Jake Johnson on April 30th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment