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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

All About Linear Fireplaces

Do you feel limited by the same fireplace design options you see year after year? Many homeowners are eager to add a new fireplace to their home, but are tired of the same old look. Well, we’ve got good news! There are now a wide range of options out there for people looking for a newer, sleeker, and more modern look. If this sounds good to you, then it’s time you invest in a linear fireplace. The team at Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney can help you out! Learn more below!

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So, what exactly is a linear fireplace? Well, they offer the heat and unbeatable aesthetic you’re looking for, except in a streamlined rectangular design. They are easily installed almost anywhere throughout your property, both indoors and outdoors. It’s no problem to contour them to fit your current home set-up.

Benefits Of Linear Fireplaces

One of the most appealing features of these fireplaces is that you won’t have to deal with a messy woodpile or piles of ash. If you invest in a gas linear fireplace, all you’ll have to do when you get home from a long day out and about is flip the switch and enjoy the ambiance. If you have a busy lifestyle, this is the perfect arrangement!

Along with this, they don’t take up a ton of space, and they blend in well with any living space, so you know the end results will look great. There are tons of design options, too, so matching your unique tastes is super easy! We’re certain our team can find the perfect size, color, and style option for your home. Your family will love the new addition, and friends and neighbors will rave about your modern, new look!

If you’re ready to get great heat from a system that looks appealing and is easier than ever to operate, then consider a linear fireplace today! Give us a call, so that our team can set you up right!

We Can Install Your New Appliance

The staff at Mountain Man Chimney & Fireplace has been around for 15 years, and our countless certifications, awards, and 5-star reviews make it clear that we’re a business you want to work with. When you get a new appliance, professional installation is always the way to go! We’ll set things up right the first time around, so you won’t have to concern yourself with gas leaks, fire hazards, or inefficiency. Count on us for all of your installation needs!

Don’t Forget To Schedule Your Inspection!

Just because linear fireplaces are more convenient and easier to use doesn’t mean they don’t need check-ups from time to time. Even if it seems as if everything is running fine, having a certified expert look things over at least once a year is important! You could have some minor issues that, if gone unresolved, will turn into big, dangerous, and expensive problems down the line. Count on a CSIA certified chimney sweep, like the crew at Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney, to handle your inspection every time!

Why wait any longer? Give us a call now!

By Jake Johnson on February 2nd, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

Tips To Increase Fireplace Efficiency

A well-run fireplace can set the perfect mood for these winter months ahead. During a time where everything seems dark, cold, and gloomy, having a cozy, warm fire to sit by in the evenings can make any bad day turn into a great night. That’s why Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney is so passionate about bringing you the best chimney and fireplace services around! We love making homes throughout the area better, brighter, and safer!

That being said, a malfunctioning fireplace can ruin any good vibe pretty quickly. Clogs, deterioration, cracks, holes, and more can cause some pretty big issues, sending smoke into your living room and making your system unsafe for regular use. Luckily, we’re here to help you solve any and all of your fireplace problems! Count on us to set you up right!

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If your fireplace is drafting poorly, pouring smoke into your home, not giving off good heat, or giving you some other stressful issue, you may be wondering just what is going wrong. Well, more often than not, chimney problems can be solved with a simple sweeping! This is the best case scenario, and it’s a solution that we can handle for you in no time.

Every year, you should be investing in an annual inspection. Inspections are a key component in maintaining a well-functioning fireplace and, in these inspections, your sweep can spot whether or not a sweeping is necessary. You’ll definitely want a CSIA certified expert on the job, so call in our team of professionals today, so we can assess your needs.

If clogs, dirt, twigs, leaves, or any other excess debris is clogging things up, we’ll get it all out in a jiffy! And you won’t have to worry about all of that nasty creosote, either. We’re trained and ready to handle even the worst creosote jobs. Once we’re through, your system will be back to normal and looking great. Chimney sweeping is a worthwhile investment and, trust us when we say, it’s one that will save you tons of time, stress, and money down the line!

Don’t Put Off Repairs

Another problem that can cause inefficiency is the need for repairs. Whether it’s your liner, damper, chimney cap, crown, or something else, we’re qualified to fix it up! A broken piece of your chimney’s structure will negatively affect fireplace’s performance and make your appliance unsafe for use.

Once we locate the issue, we’ll patch it up. We take on all kinds of repairs, and we’re confident that we can get you up and running again in no time. Trust in our team of experts today, and gain that peace of mind you deserve!

Dial Our Number – We’re Here For You!

There’s no reason not to pick up the phone and set up your appointment with us today. You’ll feel a lot better knowing your chimney and fireplace are in the best hands around! Give us a call now!

By Jake Johnson on January 19th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Prevent Cold Drafts From Coming Down Your Chimney

There’s no denying that cozying up to a warm fire is the best way to spend cold evenings. It’s an easy and effective way to warm up your living space, and it’s a great way to bring loved ones together night after night. Unfortunately, once that fire is out, it’s all too easy for the cold winds of winter to swoop down your chimney and enter your home. The last thing any homeowner wants is a freezing house, and those downdrafts can bring in some pretty unpleasant odors with them, too!

At Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney, we’re here to help you out. We have the tools and expertise necessary for stopping downdrafts in their tracks, so they won’t be an issue for you or your family members any longer. Learn more below, then count on us to handle your regular chimney maintenance year after year! Preventing Cold Drafts - Littleton CO - Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney

Have A Chimney Cap Installed

One surefire way to stop downdrafts from occurring is to have a chimney cap installed. If you’re missing a chimney cap or if your current one is broken down, cracked, or rusted, then it’s time to call in our CSIA certified staff! Chimney caps seal the top of your flue, so that harsh winds and bad weather can’t enter your chimney and lower the temperature in your home.

Chimney caps are also great for keeping out excess moisture, blocking sparks and embers from landing on your roof, and keeping out pesky animals and debris. There’s no reason not to have one installed right away – and they’re extremely affordable, too! You’ll save yourself tons of stress, time, and money down the line… trust us when we say, chimney caps are a more than worthwhile investment!

Reline Your Chimney

Another issue that causes drafting problems is an improperly lined chimney. Chimney liners play a vital role in helping your system function efficiently, and they protect your interior parts from fire damage and excess heat, too! If your chimney is not properly lined, you’ll need to have it professionally relined as soon as possible to avoid expensive and potentially dangerous issues down the line. And once the job is done, downdrafts will be a thing of the past!

Schedule An Inspection

If you’ve tried time and time again to figure out your drafting issues, but can’t seem to find a solution, call us in for an inspection. From cracks to holes to problems with the damper, any number of things could be causing your system to malfunction, and we want to help you fix whatever problems are present. When you work with our expert team, you can trust that we’ve got your back, no matter what! Give us a call today!

By Jake Johnson on January 5th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment