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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

Which Chimney Vent System is Right for You - Littleton CO - Mountain Man Fireplace & ChimneyDirect 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

Ready To Replace Your Fireplace - Littleton CO - Mountain Man Fireplace and ChimneyUpdating 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

All About Primo Kamado Grills - Littleton CO - Mountain Man Fireplace and ChimneyIf 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

Enhance Your Outdoor Space With a Fire Pit - Littleton CO - Mountain Man Fireplace & ChimneyIf 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

Unhappy With Your Fireplace We Can Help - Littleton CO - Mountain Man FireplaceAt 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

Is Your Chimney Leaking - Littleton CO - Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney 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

We Clean Dryer Vents!

Is your dryer vent dirty, damaged, or worn down? Whether you need a good cleaning or installation help, our team of experts are here to help! A clean and well-functioning dryer vent makes all the difference when it comes to the safety and efficiency of your appliances, and we’re here to ensure yours is running smoothly year after year. For all of your chimney, fireplace, and dryer vent needs, Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney is the one to call!

Dirty Vents Cause Fires

We Clean Dryer Vents - Littleton CO - Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney IncIn the United States, thousands of fires are caused by dirty dryer vents every year. When your appliance overheats, a fire could start right away, and when you combine this potential with the flammable lint, you’re looking at a dangerous situation! We want to make certain all homes throughout Littleton and its surrounding areas are safer, which is why we encourage everyone to invest in yearly dryer vent cleanings with our team of professionals.

Lower Your Risk Of Gas Leaks

Clogged vents can also create harmful fumes like carbon monoxide. This poisonous gas could enter your home without your knowledge and cause illnesses or even death when not treated soon enough. The fumes that your appliance produces need a clear pathway to escape, and when they can’t, the only option is for them to reenter your home. Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless, and cannot be heard, which means detecting it is impossible. It’s crucial for homeowners to prevent from inhalation of carbon monoxide.

If you notice any signs of exposure to carbon monoxide, it’s vital to see a medical professional right away. Signs of carbon monoxide poisoning include nausea, dizziness, headaches, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion. If you suspect there is a gas leak in your home, get out of the building immediately and call the proper authorities right away!

All homes should be equipped with carbon monoxide detectors to avoid this concern. This is such a valuable solution, and it has saved countless lives throughout the years. If your home is missing these devices; you should have them installed right away!

Our Education & Experience Is Unbeatable

In this industry, staying up-to-date and educated on the latest techniques and developments is very important. When you work with our expert crew, you can rest easy knowing that we are incredibly knowledgeable and continue to take advantage of learning opportunities all year long! Our team is CSIA, NFI, and FIRE certified, and we are ready to tackle any job!

For more information, or if you have any questions, please give us a call!

By Jake Johnson on April 16th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Does Your Gas Stove Or Insert Need Repairs?

Has your gas stove or insert been functioning less than efficiently lately? If so, you should get it checked out by a professional sweep right away! It could be in need of repairs or a sweeping, and using a damaged or dirty stove or insert can put your home and family at serious risk. If you suspect something is awry, call in the expert team at Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney today. We can set you up right!Gas Stove and Insert Repairs Image - Littleton CO - Mountain Man Fireplace

Dangers You Could Face

So, what could happen if you use a broken down appliance? Well, for one thing, you’re at risk for gas leaks. Inefficiency and poor drafting caused by cracks and holes can force harmful gases, like carbon monoxide, to pour into your home and trigger illnesses or, if not promptly treated, death.

Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless, and makes no noise, making a damaged stove or insert a huge risk! Ensure you stay safer by investing in yearly inspections, and be sure to have your home equipped with carbon monoxide detectors, too, so that you and your loved ones can gain the peace of mind you all deserve.

Along with exposure to toxins, your risk for chimney fires increases, too. Broken down parts often lead to build-up, which increases your likelihood of fires. Chimney fires significantly shorten the longevity of your chimney and fireplace, and they put your home at risk, too. An event like that causes brickwork and mortar to crumble and damages your liner, making easy pathways for flames to escape to adjacent woodwork.

When it comes to maintaining a home and family, safety is always the number one priority and, here at Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney, we take our customers’ needs seriously. We strive to make your chimney and fireplace function as safely and as efficiently as possible, so you don’t have to stress year after year. Call us in today, so you can rest easy come fall!

We Handle It All!

Our CSIA trained and certified team is more than confident that we can diagnose any issue you may be facing, then guide you down the right path for getting it resolved. In the 15 years we’ve been in business, we’ve handled countless repair jobs all throughout Littleton, Pine, Bailey, Golden, Indian Hills, and tons of other cities and towns in the area. You can trust that we know our stuff!

When you work with us, you won’t get anything less than our very best, and we’re happy to provide you with advice and tips for better operations day after day. We’re ready to be your go-to fireplace company for years to come. Give us a call and book an appointment with us today!

By Jake Johnson on March 23rd, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

What To Do With Your Fireplace’s Winter Ashes

Spring is nearly here and, with winter and the holidays officially behind us, many homeowners are shutting down their fireplace to prepare for warmer days and sunny weather. If you know you’re done with your fireplace for the year, one step you should definitely take is removing your fireplace ash. Keep that spring cleaning mode going strong and get your dirty fireplace addressed right away!What To Do With Your Winter Ashes Image - Littleton CO - Mountain Man

The Importance Of Removing Ash

Many wood-burning fireplace owners are well aware that a small layer of ash throughout the burning season can be very beneficial for building future fires. Yet, if you’re not planning on using your fireplace for the next few months, it’s important that you remove any and all of the ash that is sitting in on your fireplace floor.

Ash that just sits over the summer months can draw moisture that will be harmful to your interior system, no matter what type of fireplace you have. Masonry will break down, metal pieces of your chimney will rust, and you’ll notice deterioration and crumbling all throughout your chimney.

Removal & Disposal Of Ash

When you are removing fireplace ash, you should always use the proper equipment. Use a metal scoop and place the ashes in a metal bucket with a raised bottom, secure lid, and a handle. Once the container is full, place it on a non-flammable surface, and leave it there for at least a few days to ensure all embers and coals are properly extinguished, so that you have no chance of facing a house fire.

Once your ash is cool, there are many ways you can put it to use. Many put leftover ash in their garden to enrich their soil and encourage plant growth. On this same note, it is great for keeping pests, like slugs and snails, out of your garden. Others use it for cleaning, whether they’re scrubbing their pet’s fur, cleaning their silver, or removing stains from their pavement. Or sprinkle it on your driveway to lower your risk of slips and falls!

Ash can be very beneficial to your everyday life, just make sure you’re cautious while removing it. When it comes to the safety and well-being of your home and family it’s not worth taking any risks!

Why Not Schedule Your Annual Inspection Right Away?

Once you have your ash cleaned out, why not call us in to get your yearly maintenance done right away? Come fall, you’ll be all set and ready go, while your neighbors and friends are scrambling to get sweepings and repairs done in time for those first cold days. If you call us in now, we can address all any clogs and obstructions, make any necessary repairs, and provide you with a thorough sweeping, so you don’t have to deal with fireplace stink on those hot, muggy days of summer.

Schedule your next appointment with us, then cross one more thing of your spring cleaning checklist. We love serving this community, and we can’t wait to help you out soon!

By Jake Johnson on March 9th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Why Carbon Monoxide Detectors Are Important

If there’s one thing that all homeowners take seriously it’s the safety of those living inside of their residence. Whether it’s your significant other, your children, your pet, or just yourself, keeping a home’s inhabitants happy and healthy is important! Well, one easy way to do just that is by having carbon monoxide detectors installed throughout the premises. This simple step could end up making a big difference in the long run!

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Carbon monoxide is an extremely harmful gas that can be fatal if not addressed right away. Unfortunately, without the help of a carbon monoxide detector, this toxin is basically impossible to detect. It has no odor and it cannot be seen or heard. Thousands are hospitalized throughout the country every single year due to too much exposure.

There are many ways carbon monoxide can enter your home. It is found in the fumes produced from your vehicles, stoves, fireplaces, grills, furnaces, and more! It’s easy for even the most careful homeowner to miss necessary maintenance that can lead to a gas leak, so it’s important to play it as safe as possible!

Don’t put more stress and worry on your loved ones than necessary. Have your detectors put in today!

Symptoms Of Carbon Monoxide Exposure

The symptoms you get from carbon monoxide poisoning are not fun to deal with and, should you notice any signs of exposure in you or a loved one, it’s important to get to a hospital right away. Here are some things to look out for: nausea, dizziness, headaches, chest pains, weakness, and vomiting. Too much carbon monoxide could cause a person to pass out and, if you are sleeping, you may not notice signs until it is too late. That’s another big reason why detectors are so important!

Preventing Carbon Monoxide

If you’re looking to keep carbon monoxide away for good, there are a few precautions you can take. Like we’ve said, installing carbon monoxide detectors is a big step in keeping your home safe! Along with this, it’s important to have your appliances maintained and inspected on a regular basis. In fact, if you have a fireplace inside your home, the CSIA recommends getting at least one inspection done per year!

Luckily, the CSIA certified team at Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney can help keep your home more protected year after year. We are trained and qualified to inspect your fireplace, stove, insert, and dryer vents, so you can rest easy knowing your appliances are in the best shape ever!

It’s also important to trust in a professional for any installation jobs you need done. One minor mishap or incorrect placement can lead to lots of trouble and cause harmful gases to vent into your living space. Count on our team to get the job done right. We offer top of the line services all year long! Gain the peace of mind you deserve by working with us today!

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