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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

Improve Fireplace Safety & Efficiency With A Sweeping

Are you ready to ensure your fireplace performs to the highest standards this winter? Schedule a sweeping with the expert team at Mountain Main Fireplace & Chimney! Our CSIA certified staff is ready to help you out soon and, with temperatures dropping more and more with every passing week, you need to make certain you’re ready for anything. Give our qualified team a call today!

Removing Creosote

Improve Fireplace Safety & Efficiency With A Sweeping - Littleton CO - Mountain ManOne of the most important aspects of sweeping a chimney is the removal of excess creosote. Creosote is one thing you don’t want a lot of in your chimney! As you burn fires, more and more builds up, until your fireplace is no longer safe for regular use. It’s best to clean this substance out on a regular basis, so that everything functions as smoothly and as safely as possible all year round.

Why is it so dangerous? Well, creosote is very flammable and, when it catches fire, you’re looking at some pretty serious damages to your chimney’s interior. Chimney fires melt mortar, crack brickwork, and weaken your structure considerably, leaving you with a poor-functioning fireplace and some expensive repair costs.

Chimney fires also put your home and loved ones in danger. Every time you light a fire after a chimney fire has occurred, you leave your home vulnerable to stray flames that now have multiple pathways to escape the chimney and catch adjacent woodwork on fire. Along with this, toxins and fumes that normally exit through the top of the chimney are now able to enter your home, thus affecting the wellbeing of those living in it.

Removing Blockages

Another important part of a chimney sweeping is the removal of any blockages that may be hindering air flow. Dirt, debris, animals, and nesting materials are all things that can clog things up, and they need to be removed on a regular basis to ensure proper functioning. We will inspect your system and ascertain whether or not there are issues that may cause problems for you when lighting a fire.

Failing to remove obstructions will result in smoke and toxins backing up into your home, which is less than ideal and can trigger health issues. Call us in right away, so we can get you ready for the colder months ahead!

Checking For Repairs

We will also look around to make sure there are no cracks, holes, or other issues with your masonry that may cause problems down the line. Fireplaces make a great asset to any home, but when things are not functioning as they should, you’re left with a lot of extra stress. As you bring in this new year, let us help you out by creating one less thing to worry about. Schedule your annual sweeping with us today!

By Jake Johnson on December 18th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Common Issues Found During Chimney Inspections

If there’s one thing we stress (especially this time of year), it’s that chimney inspections are vital for maintaining good chimney health. When you skimp on this regular maintenance, your system faces a lot more wear and tear, and it will break down at a faster pace, shortening the lifespan of your fireplace. Eventually, you’ll either have to say goodbye to cozy nights by the fire or invest in costly repairs and reconstruction jobs. Neither sound like a great option!

Scheduling annual inspections is definitely the way to go. You’ll save yourself time and money, and you’ll keep any extra stress far away, too! Take the easy route this holiday season, and hire Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney for all of your chimney, venting, and fireplace needs. We can help you out!

Excess Creosote

Common Issues Found During Chimney Inspections - Littleton CO - Mountain ManSo, what do we usually come across in our inspection? It’s fair to wonder what issues you are avoiding by calling us in, and we love to keep homeowners up-to-date and educated on the chimney sweep world! One thing we check for is excess creosote. Creosote is one of the most harmful substances your chimney can come across and it’s known for its flammable nature. That means, the more you have of it, the higher your risk is for a chimney fire!

Chimney fires can wear down your chimney fast and lead to bigger issues, such as gas leaks and house fires. The worst part is that many go unnoticed by the homeowner! It may seem hard to believe, but a chimney fire can be very quiet and sneaky, and many continue using their fireplace long after one has occured. Since stray flames and fumes can easily escape through cracks and holes that form after a fire, this is highly dangerous!

When we inspect your chimney, we’ll check for it all. If there’s creosote, we will take the appropriate steps to remove with the best tools and products available. And if we notice signs of a chimney fire, we can get things taken care of in no time! Our CSIA certified staff will get your fireplace back in working order, so that you can put it to use throughout the cold months ahead. Count on us today!

Necessary Repairs

Repairs are another issue we spot from time to time. If your brickwork or mortar is crumbling, we will fix it up, so that it looks and functions great again! We can also repair or replace any parts that seem to be out of order. This includes chimney caps, chase covers, dampers, and more! We’ll get you taken care of, no matter what !

Blockages & More

We can also take care of any blockages, that may be inhibiting airflow, and we’ll check your liner for any cracks, too. On top of that, we’ll make sure your crown is in top-notch condition! Once we’re through, all of your chimney issues will be resolved, and your fireplace will function better than ever this holiday season (and for many more winters to come)!

Don’t put it off any longer… let us make your home safer this holiday season! Call now!

By Jake Johnson on December 4th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Common Fire-Building Techniques

If you own a fireplace but find yourself struggling when trying to build a fire in it, then you definitely aren’t alone. Fire-building can be a tricky and intricate process, but, once you get it down, you’ll be good to go anytime you need to light things up! Learn about a few of the more common fire-building techniques below, so that you’re ready to go this holiday season. At Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney, we’ve got your back!

Three Common Methods

Now, there are more than a few methods out there when it comes to building a solid fire. From the log cabin to the platform to the start method, you’ve definitely got your fair share of options! Today, we’re going to focus on three popular methods that people have been standing by for years: the top-down method, the tee-pee, and the lean-to. Let’s get started.

  • The Top-Down Method: This fire-building technique has gained a lot of attention in recent years, and people everywhere have been claiming it as a surefire to get a fire going, no matter what. You start with your bigger Common Fire-Building Techniques Image - Littleton CO - Mountain Man Fireplacelogs on the bottom, with the ends facing the front and back of the fireplace. Next, add 4 or 5 more rows of logs, using smaller and smaller pieces as you go higher. After that, you’ll add your kindling, followed by the smallest shavings of wood you have. All that’s left to do then is the light the top, and you are good to go! No more adding wood all night long – light it and you’re done!
  • The Tee-Pee: The tee-pee method takes on a more classic approach to fire-building. You start with your tinder. Place it in the middle of your firebox, then form a tee-pee around it with some kindling. Continue to add kindling, followed by larger sticks, all while keeping the tee-pee shape. Next, form a bigger tee-pee around your structure with larger logs. Lastly, light the tinder and let the flames take everything over. Eventually, the logs will fall, and you can continue adding wood to fuel your fire.
  • The Lean-To: Find a long stick, then insert it into the ground at an approximately 30-degree angle. Put a tinder pile under this stick, then surround it will small pieces of kindling. Next, prop up some kindling against the main stick, then add another layer on top of this, using larger pieces as you go. Light your tinder pile, then continue adding logs as your fire burns.

Using The Right Wood

Always remember – using unseasoned wood will result in creosote accumulation, smoky fireplaces, and less heat. You’ll need to invest in extra maintenance, and you simply won’t get the results you’re looking for. Seasoned wood will be dark and split at the ends, shorter in length, lightweight, and it will sound hollow when two pieces are hit together.

Let Us Help You Out This Holiday Season

Holiday festivities are upon us, so you’ll want to make sure you’re ready for anything! Call us in for an inspection today. Our CSIA certified staff will set you up right!

By Jake Johnson on November 21st, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

Types Of Chimney Repairs

Chimneys are tough structures and last for decades, which is why families love having them in their home! But that doesn’t mean they don’t need care and regular maintenance from time to time…

Despite being highly durable, sometimes repairs are simply inevitable. If you suspect there are issues with your chimney, or if you’re due for your annual inspection, give the CSIA certified staff at Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney a call today! We are qualified to address any issues with your chimney, and you’ll be happy you patched things up sooner, rather than later. Learn more below.

Broken Down Brickwork

Types of Chimney Repairs - Littleton, CO - Mountain ManBricks are made from some tough materials, but that doesn’t mean they can withstand anything. Weather, neglect, and years of wear and tear can take its toll on your brickwork, and sometimes tune-ups are necessary. Invest in our tuckpointing services right away! We will take care of any cracks, holes, and worn down brick, so that you can get back to enjoying your fireplace to the fullest.

Leaks & Water Damage

Leaks are another common issue in chimney systems. Heavy rains and snowfall are inevitable, and your brickwork faces the brunt of any bad weather. Tons of moisture gets soaked into the chimney, and it triggers a lot of issues such as clogs, deterioration, rust, rot, stains, and more. Along with this the freeze-thaw process will occur, which puts a lot of extra pressure on your system as a whole.

Addressing water damage as soon as possible will benefit you greatly in the long run. A weakened structure only leads to more issues down the line, and any unresolved problems will only get worse and worse. You could eventually face a settlement or collapse and, in the meantime, your chimney will not function nearly as efficiently as it could. Not to mention, using a damaged chimney puts your home and loved ones at risk, as it increases the likelihood of fires and can causes toxins to back up into your home.

Talk to us today about what we can do to resolve any issues associated with a leaky chimney. Then, ask about our waterproofing services! We have high quality products that will seal your brickwork, protecting it from bad weather while allowing it the ability to breath out necessary vapors. It’s an investment worth making – call today to learn more !

Caps, Covers, & Dampers

What would a chimney be without proper working parts? Your chimney needs to stay protected from outside elements and vent properly to enhance its overall functioning. That’s why we can repair and/or replace various parts of your chimney, as needed. Keep animals out and warm air in this winter by working with our expert team today.

There’s no time to waste… the holidays are coming quick, so set up your appointment with us now. We can’t wait to hear from you soon!

By Jake Johnson on November 1st, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Preventing Carbon Monoxide In Your Home

There are a lot of things to worry about as a homeowner… that’s why we are here to help you stay educated on the important topics! We want to make it easy to keep your home protected and safer to live in all year long, which is why we’d like to focus on carbon monoxide and how to avoid exposure to it. Learn more about this hazardous gas below, then review our tips for properly avoiding it.

What Is Carbon Monoxide?

Preventing Carbon Monoxide in Your Home - Littleton, CO - Mountain Man Fireplace and ChimneyCarbon monoxide is known for it’s undetectable nature and harmful medical side effects. It has no color and no odor, which makes it nearly impossible to notice within your home. This is a major reason why this particular gas is so scary! Unfortunately, it can cause some serious illnesses to occur and could even be fatal if not addressed right away. Take all of the necessary precautions to ensure your home stays carbon monoxide free, no matter what.

How Can I Avoid It?

Luckily, there are things you can do to ensure your loved ones don’t become victims of carbon monoxide poisoning. First off, have carbon monoxide detectors installed throughout the residence. This a surefire way to know whether or not carbon monoxide has found its way into your home. Be sure to regularly test these devices and change the batteries twice a year to ensure they are always working properly.

Next, have a certified technician inspect your appliances at least once per year. This is the best way to prevent bigger issues from occurring down the line, and these professionals can let you know of any potential leaks or airflow issues that could bring about exposure to harmful toxins.

And remember… never light camp stoves, grills, or similar items inside of your home, and never use a fireplace or stove that isn’t hooked up to a proper ventilation system. Always have a professional install any new appliance in your home to ensure no potentially harmful problems occur. Also, never let your vehicle run while parked in your garage, as these fumes can lead to serious illness or death.

We Can Help You Out

Whether you need help with inspections, installations, repairs, or other regular maintenance, the CSIA certified staff at Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney is here to help you out. Call us today, so that we can make your home safer for years to come!

If you are aware of carbon monoxide in your home, exit the premises at once and call 911. Proper authorities can then address the issue, while you and loved ones are safely away from danger. If you suspect anyone has symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, such as fatigue, dizziness, nausea, or lightheadedness, let medical personnel know right away.

By Jake Johnson on October 17th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment