What is the difference between a pre-fab fireplace and a masonry fireplace?
Great question! Masonry fireplaces and chimneys are built on-site from brick or stone and mortar. A prefab fireplace is a UL-listed system that is made in-factory and designed to work with a specific factory-built chimney. Prefab fireplaces use a metal pipe flue for venting and are typically smaller than their masonry counterparts. While both types of fireplaces and chimneys can provide warmth and enjoyment, both have their own specific advantages. Prefab systems are typically less expensive but also less durable, while masonry systems are pricier, but longer-lasting.
How long do ashes remain flammable?
Ashes can re-ignite up to 72 hours after being extinguished, which is why any ashes removed from the fireplace within 3-5 days should be stored in a metal container that’s a safe distance from combustibles.
How often does a chimney need to be cleaned?
There isn’t really a set frequency for having your chimney cleaned. The frequency will depend largely upon how often and how much you use your fireplace; what quality and type of fuel you’re using; how efficiently your system is working; and how well your chimney components are keeping water, animals, and debris out. The best thing to do is to schedule an annual inspection at the beginning or end of each burn season. During an inspection, a professional will be able to let you know whether it’s time to clean the chimney or whether you’re good to go for another season.
Why and how often should my dryer vent be cleaned?
It’s a good idea to have your dryer vents cleaned every two years, but depending on the length and path of your venting and how often your dryer is used, you may need to clean it more or less. Click here to learn more about dryer vent cleaning and why it’s so important.
How often should my carbon monoxide detector be replaced?
A good rule of thumb is to change out your batteries every 6 months and replace your carbon monoxide detector every 5 years.
Do you have references?
We’d be more than happy to give you the names and numbers of some customers, realtors, and property management companies we’ve performed chimney services for in the past. Just give us a call!
What areas do you service?
We provide services to Travis, Williamson, Burnet, and Hays counties. For a list of zip codes and cities we serve, please click here.
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We’d be happy to answer any other questions you may have – just give us a call at 512-CHIMNEY!