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What Is That Smell Coming From My Fireplace?

Most homeowners with a wood-burning or gas fireplace will experience some odors from time to time. Maintaining your chimney and fireplace with annual inspections and sweeping will help improve indoor air quality, keeping your home smelling fresh and clean. So, if the awful fireplace smell returns despite the pleasant aroma of fresh-baked cookies or spraying Read more

Prepare Your Kindling Before Winter

Ahh! The fresh aroma of hickory, birch, or oak burning in your fireplace or stove gives your home that warm and cozy feeling that folks in Niagara Falls and throughout Western New York experience during our cold winters. However, it looks like it will be a white Christmas, so while those delicious gingerbread cookies are Read more

Using Your Damper, The Correct Way

Winter has yet to begin, and powerful snowstorms are sweeping across much of the Buffalo, Rochester, and Western New York region, dumping as much as an inch of snow per hour. So, folks are firing up their fireplaces, stoves, and other heating appliances to keep their homes warm and comfortable. However, saving as much heat Read more

How Dampers Can Reduce Energy Consumption

Energy costs are skyrocketing in Batavia and throughout the Western New York region. Since dampers regulate airflow in appliances, your damper may need repair or replacement if you’re noticing a spike in energy bills. While a fireplace typically has a manual damper, a central heating and cooling system usually has an electric damper. Studies have Read more

How to Keep Animals Out of Your Chimney

Your chimney is designed to expel exhaust out of your home while your family enjoys the warmth of a gas, wood-burning fireplace insert, or heating stove. However, with its proximity to Lake Erie and brutally windy, cold, and snowy winters, animals residing in Batavia and other communities in the Greater Buffalo-Rochester region are also seeking Read more

How To Get Your Fireplace Ready For Fall

When the leaves turn, you know that Old Man Winter is on his way, and soon it’ll be time to light your fireplace for extra warmth and comfort. However, whether you have a wood-burning fireplace or a gas fireplace, there are necessary steps to take to prepare it for the cold months ahead. Let’s look Read more

Signs Your Chimney Crown is Damaged

Your chimney looks like a simple structure; however, it’s composed of many pieces, all crucial to its efficient and safe operation. Because many chimney components are made from masonry materials like bricks and mortar, they’re subject to wear and tear from heat and the elements. This post looks at the chimney crown, its purpose, signs Read more

Fall Fireplace Maintenance Checklist

Before firing up your fireplace and chimney for the winter season, the fall is the perfect time to do a little checking to make sure everything is in order. Felgemacher Fireplace Shop of Buffalo, NY, would like to share our five-step fall fireplace maintenance checklist to help you get your system ready to take on Read more

Best Fireplace Inserts and What to Consider

One of the most enjoyable winter activities is being in the company of family and friends in a warm and inviting atmosphere that only a fireplace can provide. However, for many folks, their existing fireplace may no longer be an efficient home heating source. With heating costs expecting to soar this winter, there has never Read more

Combat Rising Fuel Costs with a New Heating Stove or Fireplace Insert

Winters in Buffalo, NY, Rochester, NY, and all points in between can be brutal. They can also be expensive when it comes to paying for fuel to heat your home. A good way to combat high fuel costs is with a new fireplace insert or heating stove that actually conserves energy rather than wastes it. Read more