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Date: 6/22/2017 9:29 AM EDT

To have a fireplace that is clean, safe, and efficient you must have a professional perform chimney inspections. The problem with not getting chimney inspections is that you significantly increase the chances of their being unresolved problems. Here are some of the things that a professional will know to look for when performing a chimney inspection.

  • Brick and Mortar Condition 
  • Chimney Cap
  • Flue Liner
  • Buildup of Creosote and Other Debris
  • The Firebox
  • Gasket Around Glass Doors (if your fireplace is equipped with glass doors) 
  • The Blower (if your fireplace has one) 

Remember that there are three types, or levels, of chimney inspections. Different factors of your specific situation will determine which level is required. Only a professional chimney sweep can determine which level you will need. 

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Date: 5/29/2017 1:07 PM EDT

The recommended wood to burn in your fireplace is wood which has been split for 6 months to 1 year and is well seasoned. We would advise you to never burn treated wood or Christmas trees.

  • Applewood, American Birch, Sugar Maple, & White Oak will all have a very high heat value. This means that these types of wood will produce some of the highest levels of heat when burning compared to some of the other types of wood. 
  • For something with a slightly less heat value you can burn wood such as Tamarack, Red Maple, Black Cherry, & American Elm. 
  • Cottonwood, Redwood, White Pine, & Hemlock are all types of wood that have a low heat value. If you are burning wood to heat your home or business these types of wood would not be the best option for you.

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Date: 4/5/2017 3:20 PM EDT

"There's nothing more important than your family's safety." 
- Chris Baker, President 

If you have ever wondered about the importance of a chimney inspection, consider this. It is estimated that there are nearly 25,000 chimney fires each year. A chimney fire will not occur in a chimney that is properly maintained. At first glance, your fireplace and chimney may look fine to you but that doesn't mean that everything is okay. There could be build-up of creosote and other debris, a damaged chimney liner, structural problems, etc. A professional chimney sweep has the knowledge, experience, and equipment to perform an inspection and check for these things. They will be able to determine the severity of a problem, should they encounter one, and will know the proper steps to take to resolve the issue to keep you and your family safe. "Do it yourself" projects are great, but not at the expense of the safety of your family and home. Please contact a professional for your chimney inspections, cleanings, and repairs. We recommend getting a chimney inspection a minimum of once per year.

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Date: 2/3/2017 3:28 PM EST

Did you know that chimney sweeps have long been considered lucky? This was concluded by King George II in the 1700's after a dangerous incident with a horse was thwarted by a chimney sweep. A previous incident also took place with King William of Britain when he was saved by a chimney sweep who pushed him out of the way of a runaway carriage. These incidents, among others, have caused people to believe that chimney sweeps bring good luck. Because of this belief, people over the years would shake hands with a chimney sweep and even invite them to their wedding in hopes that it would bring them some good fortune.While this may sound unusual, many people to this day still believe it to be true including people of Germany and Great Britain. Chimney sweeps have even been known to profit from their "good luck." They provide their presence at events such as weddings in return for fee. So, what do you think? Would you invite a chimney sweep to your next event if there was a possibly of receiving some good luck? I think I just might! 

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Date: 1/8/2017 6:33 PM EST

If you smell an odor coming from your chimney it could be creosote buildup. Creosote is a residue that gets left behind from burning wood along with soot and tar. There are three levels of creosote buildup with the first being the least thick and most easily removed and the third level being the thickest and most challenging to remove. Creosote buildup, while common, is not something to leave untreated. It can cause both health and safety concerns for you and your family. Excessive amounts of creosote buildup on your chimney liner can cause symptoms such as burning eyes and upset stomach. Because creosote is so flammable it also puts you at risk of having a house fire. Creosote buildup is not the only cause of chimney odor. If you smell a strong or unusual odor coming from your chimney it is best to have it inspected by a professional.

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Date: 12/16/2016 12:15 PM EST

Welcome to the Baker Chimney blog! We are excited to have this opportunity to share even more information with you all. Here you will find posts about chimneys, chimney maintenance, cleanings, liners, etc. Please feel free to leave us any comments or questions you may have. Also, if there is a topic that interests you let us know and we'll blog about it! 😃

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