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Closing Off A Fireplace to Prevent Heat Loss 

Do you love your fireplace but tired of cleaning up ashes and stacking firewood? You could stop using your fireplace, but this could lead to heat loss. Closing off a fireplace to prevent heat loss is an option. Read on, and we will help you make that decision. Why Close Off a Fireplace? Fireplaces, especially Read more

The Best Time To Get Your Chimney Swept

As spring weather is entering the picture and temperatures are rising, your chimney may be the last thing on your mind. Surprisingly, this time of year could offer the best time to schedule your annual chimney sweep. Even though you may be thinking of all of the other spring-cleaning things you need to do, make Read more

Causes of Chimney Leaks

Chimney leaks aren’t just annoying; they can cause major problems and structural damage. So, what causes chimney leaks, and how can you prevent them? We have the answers! Cracked Chimney Crown Cause – The chimney crown is the concrete top designed to keep out rain and snow. However, if you live in an area that Read more

Removing Fireplace Ash & Soot from Carpets

A fireplace brings many benefits, but an occasional drawback is ash and soot in carpeting and rugs near the fireplace. Felgemacher Masonry & Chimney of Buffalo and Rochester, NY, would like to show you how to effectively deal with this drawback. Prevention The best way to deal with the problem of ash and soot leaving Read more

How To Put Out a Fire In A Fireplace

At first blush, putting out a fire in a fireplace seems simple, but it is more complex than it seems, especially when it comes to safely extinguishing a fire. In order to keep your family and pets safe, knowing how to put out a fire the right way is vital. So, here is how to Read more

How Tall Should A Chimney Be?

The neighborhoods of downtown Rochester and Buffalo are home to the fifth and sixth largest collections of historic homes in the U.S. So, whether you’ve kept the original hearth or opted for a modern gas fireplace, both rely on a properly functioning chimney for safe and efficient operation. But have you ever considered the height Read more

Stay Informed Against Fraudulent Chimney Companies

Plenty of homeowners don’t know the ins and outs of their chimney and fireplace systems, which is why hiring a professional for your chimney services is so important. Unfortunately, uncertified companies or individuals also understand the need for a professional and will take advantage of that lack of knowledge by using different scamming techniques and Read more

Vented vs. Ventless Gas Logs

There’s no denying how much ambiance a fireplace adds to a home. And many homeowners opt for gas fireplaces over wood because they’re more efficient, safer, and require less maintenance. However, if you’re in the market for a gas log fireplace, you have two main options: vented and ventless logs. Both types offer a convenient, Read more

Can Two Fireplaces Use the Same Chimney?

Are you building a new house or remodeling and want to maximize space by having two fireplaces share a chimney? It’s an interesting question that has decades’ worth of trial and error behind it. Let’s answer the question- can two fireplaces use the same chimney? The Prospect of Using Two Fireplaces with the Same Chimney Read more

Gas vs. Wood Fireplaces – Which Sparks Your Style?

There’s no question that a fireplace adds a cozy, warm aspect to your home. In the colder months, it can supplement heating costs; while in the warmer months when you aren’t actively using it, it can add character to any living space. Today, there are several options to choose from if installing a fireplace.  Every Read more