Masonry Firebox Repair

The masonry firebox is the box that surrounds the flames. It’s at the base of your chimney. After a while, the firebricks get wear and tear, and it may be time for a repair.

Here is a before and after masonry firebox repair we recently did.

before and after masonry firebox repair

Chimney Crown Repair

Crowns are at the top of  your chimney, and should be on your priority list. The crown is your chimney’s first line of defense against mother nature. A working chimney crown helps keep the elements off your chimney and in return, assists in maintaining the structural integrity of your chimney.

Here is a before and after chimney crown repair we recently did.

Chimney Crown Repair before and after

Smoke Chamber Repair

The smoke from your fireplace needs a place to escape. Otherwise, things could get dangerous, fast. A smoke chamber repair includes sealing gaps or voids in the chamber so that smoke has a smooth passageway to exit your chimney.

Here are before and after photos of a smoke chamber repair we did recently.

Smoke Chamber Repair before and after

Factory Built Chimney Flue

These before and after pictures of a factory built chimney flue. That ugly matierial you see in the before is creosote. Creosote is a byproduct of incomplete combustion of wood, typically most prevalent when first starting a fire and when burning unseasoned wood. Creosote is very flamible and where large deposits accumulate in a chimney, a chimney fire is very possible and extremely dangerous. The normal temperature in a chimney during a regular fire would be around 500 degrees. When a chimney fire occurs the temperature can go as high as 1800 degrees. When they occur, they can destroy the chimney and set the house on fire. Removing the hazardous creosote and inspecting the chimney for safety and integrity are the two main purposes of a chimney sweep.

Factory built flue dirty Factory built flue cleaned

Dryer Vent Fires

The stuff you see in the photo is dryer vent lint. And in this case the dryer vent was completely stuffed. Dryer vent fires are more common events than one might think. But if you look at it not necessarily unexpected. When you dry your clothes, you are using flame and very hot air, in the case of a gas dryer. Dryer vents can get full of a very fine lint, which is extremely flammable, that combination can produce “dryer vent fires”.