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Considering Upgrades For Your Chimney?

Is your chimney overdue for some upgrades and replacement parts? Now is the time to get these jobs done! Whether you are looking for a new top-sealing damper, a replacement chimney cap, new flashing, crown repair, a chase cover, or something else, we can help you out, and springtime is the ideal time of year to get in the books!

We are always excited to help homeowners make their fireplaces and chimneys look great and run strong before the cold weather comes back around. And we want everything personalized to your specific tastes! Learn more about the many benefits of scheduling this maintenance now, then give us a call today to make your appointment. We can’t wait to hear from you!

More Scheduling Freedom

Most people put their fireplaces to more frequent use when fall and winter roll around, meaning we stay really busy during these cold months. As people gear up for the holidays and family get-togethers, they want to ensure their appliances are all in the best condition possible and, of course, safe for regular use.

That’s where we come in! We get so many calls for last minutes repairs, inspections, and cleanings that finding time for everyone can be a challenge. That means setting appointments at times that aren’t always ideal for the customer. Yet, if you work with us now, when our schedule is more open, it gives you the freedom to book a time that works best for you.

Ideal Temperature Range

When we do chimney repairs and new installations, we use the best products available. Yet, these materials need the opportunity to properly cure in order to do their job effectively. If temperatures are too hot or too cold, this becomes impossible, and your new products will not likely stand the test of time.

That’s why we always push our customers to schedule this type of maintenance in the spring – so we can do the job as efficiently as possible.

Safer Working Conditions

Without our great staff, we wouldn’t be anywhere! That’s why we ask our loyal customers to help us maintain the safest working conditions possible. If we are doing intricate work on your roof and chimney, we would much prefer to do it in the springtime. This way, we can avoid slippery snow and ice, and our team is at less of a risk for injury.

We appreciate all that our customers do to make our business a success, and we want to serve you the best that we can. Schedule your chimney repairs and upgrades now!

Questions?

If you have questions or concerns about what we offer we encourage you to visit our website or simply give us a call. Our staff is ready and willing to help you out with whatever you may need, and we have a full list of services that we are CSIA trained and certified to perform. When it comes to your chimney and fireplace care, you can count on us!

By Jake Johnson on May 22nd, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

Start Working On Next Year’s Firewood

When it comes to firewood, it is important to plan ahead. Did you know most types of wood take at least 6 months to season? And many take one to two years! If you hope to burn lots of fires in 2018, you need to start prepping wood now.

Importance Of Seasoned Wood

By seasoning your own wood, you are doing yourself and your fireplace a great service! Burning unseasoned fuel results in smoke accumulation, creosote build-up, acidic toxins in the air, and more. By sticking with your own properly dried fuel, your fires will be easier to build and they will burn cleaner and more efficiently. Keep your chimney in good health by burning only seasoned wood from here on out.

If you are ready to start storing and seasoning your own fuel, then we have some great tips to help you get started. Check them out!

Cut It Short

When cutting your wood, the shorter you go the better off you will be. The smaller it is, the quicker it will dry out. You will also want to make it an appropriate length for your fireplace or stove. There’s no use in storing your own firewood, if it will not fit in your appliance! Do some measuring, then cut the logs to at least three inches shorter than the width or depth of your fireplace (depending on how you build your fires).

Be Careful When Covering

You may need to cover your wood to keep it safe during bad weather. Yet, covering it up all the time means less sun exposure and longer drying times. When the weather is good, uncover your wood so more heat can get in and dry out the moisture. Also, never cover up the sides. Just cover the top to keep rain out.

Stack Off The Ground

Leaving wood on the ground leads to mold accumulation and rot. Instead, store the wood on pallets or poles to keep it off the ground throughout the seasoning process. Also, stack the pieces lightly. The more air circulation each piece has, the better the whole pile will vent. A well-vented storage area is ideal for effective seasoning.

Look Into Wood Types

You may also want to keep in mind that certain types of wood burn more efficiently than others. Try for ash, hickory, oak, pine, and similar hardwoods that are known for producing high heat and longer-lasting burns.

Remember, too, that certain trees are more common in different areas. Find which types of wood you have the most access to, so you never have to worry about running short.

At Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney, we want to help you enjoy your fireplace for years to come! Invest in our services for any and all of your chimney-related needs. We look forward to helping you out!

By Jake Johnson on January 19th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Choosing the Right Firewood for Your Fireplace

For most homeowners, buying firewood is an annual, necessary chore that is done without much thought or consideration. However, many fail to realize that the type of wood you purchase can have an effect on not just the quality of your fires but also on the overall upkeep of your fireplace.

Types of firewood

Although it might seem like all wood will burn the same, each tree has its own distinct set of burning characteristics. Some are naturally smokier, have stronger odors, burn faster, or are harder to split. Firewood tends to be divided into two main categories: hard woods and soft woods.

Hard Woods

We aim to ensure that working with Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney for all your chimney and vent system needs is not only a great experience but also an experience that keeps you and your family safe and warm for years to come.

We aim to ensure that working with Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney for all your chimney and vent system needs is not only a great experience but also an experience that keeps you and your family safe and warm for years to come.

Hardwoods tend to be dense, heavy woods; because of this, most experts agree these woods make much better firewood compared to softwoods. While there are a number of hardwoods to choose from, the best woods for home fireplaces are considered Ash, Birch, and Oak.

Ash burns at medium to high, produces little smoke, and is easy to split. Birch also gives off a considerable amount of heat, but does tend to burn a little quicker. However, it is often easy to find and relatively inexpensive compared to other woods, making it an ideal firewood choice. Oak, when dried properly, is a long-burning wood that produces a medium-high heat.

Soft Woods

Softwood comes from pines, spruces, firs, and evergreens. Although it lights quickly, making it ideal for kindling, softwoods tend to produce a large amount of smoke. Because of this, they are often more suited for outdoor fires or activities such as smoking meat.

Pretreated Woods

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, homeowners should “never burn coated, painted, or pressure-treated wood because it releases toxic chemicals when burned.” This includes plywood, wood used for decking, fencing, and playground equipment, or any wood that has come in contact with paint, wood glue, or other chemicals.

Seasoned Firewood

Seasoning firewood is simply the process of allowing the wood to dry; by removing moisture, the wood is able to burn more efficiently with less smoke and hotter temperatures. Seasoned firewood should only have a moisture content of 15-20%, as opposed to the nearly 50% of freshly cut wood. Properly seasoned firewood should feel lighter, appear cracked or split at the ends, and when two pieces are banged together, the resulting sound should be hollow.

For some firewood, the seasoning process can take more than a year. For this reason, when buying pre-seasoned firewood, be sure to ask when the wood was cut. Even the wood in trees that are dead or have been felled needs to be split into logs before the seasoning process can truly begin.

Storing Firewood

Wood that needs to be seasoned should be split, stacked in a single row, and placed in an area where the sun will help dry it out. In addition, it’s recommended that wood not be stacked directly on the ground, as this can cause ground moisture to seep in, thereby rotting the wood.

Storage for firewood in the cold fall and winter months should still be outdoors, but should be in a place where the wood is protected from rain and snow. Homeowners should only bring in as much wood as they immediately need; wood stored at room temperature can sometimes cause any remaining bugs to become active.

By Jake Johnson on August 16th, 2014 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

Saving Energy Means Saving Money

Simple and inexpensive actions can help you save energy and money in your home.  If you haven’t done so already, the first step to saving energy and money in your home is to conduct a home energy audit, which will better assist you in finding where you can save the most.  As with all of our customers, we want to ensure that you receive the best of customer service and workmanship possible when you contact us.  Keep reading for a few ideas on how you improve things in your home.

Sizing Your Units

If you can afford to replace old appliances with energy-efficient ones...this is a good investment.

If you can afford to replace old appliances with energy-efficient ones…this is a good investment.

Small adjustments can lead to big savings when it comes to heating and cooling your home.  Choosing efficient furnaces and air conditioners when it’s time for replacement can save you money over the entire life of the new unit.  Let’s face it, furnaces and air conditioners aren’t cheap to operate or replace.  If you need a new one, do not simply assume that the size of your current unit is appropriate.

Look at the unit’s efficiency rating.  Furnaces with an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating of at least 92 and an electrically efficient blower motor (ECW or variable speed) are best.  If you use your central air conditioner a lot, look for a model with a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) of 14 or more for the highest efficiency.

System Maintenance

Sometimes you have to spend a little to save a lot.  Scheduling regular tune-ups for your heating and cooling systems is also a sound money and energy saving idea.  Seasonal maintenance keeps equipment running safely and efficiently, and saves money over the service life of the unit.

Household Appliances and Electronics  

Every load of laundry and every appliance and electronic gizmo provides an opportunity for efficiency and savings.  Look for the ENERGY STAR label.  The most efficient computers, TVs, washers, dryers, kitchen appliances and even fans have the label right on the box.  To put it plainly, they save money!  Using power strips for your electronic equipment can help save money as well.

Many electronics consume energy even when you are not using them, hence the reason they’re often called energy vampires.  These devices use about $100 of energy a year.  Plugging chargers, computers and printers into a power strip lets you turn them off with one switch.  Better yet, use a smart power strip.  It turns off automatically when devices are not in use.

If you’re not sure which appliance(s) is(are) right for your home, our knowledgeable and experienced staff can help you make the right choice.  We believe in providing the highest level of chimney and customer case possible and have been doing so since day 1.  We pride ourselves on being the best at what we do and make customer safety and satisfaction our #1 priority.  When Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney takes care of a job for you, you’ll see what sets us apart from our competitors.  Give us a call at (303) 679-1601 today!