Repainting a 3 sided Fireplace

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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Follow along as we repaint a 3 sided fireplace for a customer.

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7 Questions . . . to ask yourself before buying a Fireplace

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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If you are planning on buying a fireplace, consider these, 7 questions to help you determine some of the features you might like.

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Gas Fireplace Remodel

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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For this job, we’ll be installing a ” direct vent  ” gas fireplace.

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Regency Outdoor Fireplaces

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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Regency , offers beautiful and innovative options for outdoor fireplaces!

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Regency . . . Contemporary Fireplace Designs

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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This video highlights the sleek and stylish contemporary gas fireplace models offered by . . . .  Regency Fire.

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Regency Fireplace

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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A video highlighting some of the beautiful traditional style fireplace designs offered by  . . . Regency.

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Three Stages of Creosote

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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The number of calls that we receive from customers who call us the day after a chimney fire saying that their neighbors came knocking on the door to let them know that their chimney is on fire is concerning but not necessarily surprising for those in the industry. When certain conditions exist, a chimney fire is able to burn slowly as opposed to explosively making it such that the fire is hardly detectable from people inside the home. A chimney fire that burns explosively is what is generally described as a chimney fire. When a rapid burning fire occurs in the chimney there is a loud rumbling noise similar to a freight train.

<——–This one cracked the chimney right up  the middle .

Creosote in the chimney flue makes having a chimney fire of any kind more likely.

“Creosote comes in Three forms”

Creosote Buildup

<——-  Look down this chimney flue , and it stinks

 

1st Stage: Flaky, Dusty . . . This type of creosote can be easily removed with a chimney’s sweep brush because of the looseness of its deposit pattern.

2nd Stage: Crunchy or Tar like . . .This type of creosote is more difficult to remove and often requires stiffer brushes or even a scraper to remove.

3rd Stage: Glazed, Gummy or Hard . . . This type of creosote acts like candle wax. When stage 3 creosote gets to a certain temperature it drips

 

Creosote Build Up
There has likely been a chimney fire which caused the creosote on this cap to melt like candle wax and clog the flue system.down the walls of the flue and dries a hard, glossy, black mass.

Excessive buildup of stage 1 creosote makes for plenty of fuel for a slow burning chimney fire to occur up in the top portion of the chimney. When glazed creosote occurs, there is a good chance that a chimney fire has also occurred. When chimney fires occur, the flue tiles often crack vertically due to the rapid temperature change in the flue system. The stage 3 creosote drips down covering such damage and hardening, hiding a potentially dangerous situation. Creosote has the tendency to build up at various parts in the chimney itself, specifically the in the smoke chamber and near the damper.

Creosote buildup, no matter what stage it is in, has a very ” pungent odor ” and has the ability to permeate an entire house, especially if your chimney also has drafting issues. Any slight downdraft will force these odors into the home.

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 There are AntiCreo-Soot chemicals on the market that work to reduce the smell and volume of creosote in the chimney, but these often take many applications in order to eliminate the smell entirely.

 

 

 

 

Check out these two “Ask the Chimney Sweep” videos and                                                                                                              other blog posts from Ask the Chimney Sweep.

* Signs of a Chimney Fire

https://youtu.be/5e2_6HUVtjI

* Types of Chimney Fires

https://youtu.be/hw8zaOeLh2s

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Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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Wood, …the Green option for heating your Home

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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Wood Burning Stove
Wood burning stoves such as this old one add character and charm to any room.“The same amount of Carbon Dioxide is released when the wood is burned,  as would happen if the tree were … left in the forest to —>decompose”.

The United States as a whole has, as of late, pushed for increased awareness of reducing our dependence on non-renewable resources such as coal and     natural gas and turning to “green” options.  

Screen Shot 2016-02-09 at 7.02.34 PMScreen Shot 2016-02-09 at 7.06.04 PMAn affordable option that many folks have been turning to in response to this cry to make our country more sustainable is burning woodOne concern is that wood, when not properly combusted, can contribute to particulate matter in the air which is considered a pollutant.

A very hot fire that burns the wood completely reduces the risk of particulate matter entering into the air as a by-product of burning wood.

This being said, the worry concerning particulate matter is a small price to pay considering the amount of carbon dioxide produced when gas or coal is burned.aspect of burning wood that people like is its affordability. Turning the furnace down and instead burning wood for at least part of the time during the winter will save you money and make your household a more sustainable household.
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Wood is renewable. Although removing trees at a greater rate than they are replanted has been a concern in the past, there are forests planted specifically for harvesting as lumber or firewood.

Coal and natural gas are non-renewable and will eventually run out, increasing in price as the supply diminishes.Another reason to use wood to heat your home is that not only is it renewable, but supporting the firewood industry causes more

Grate
Using a fireplace grate helps your wood to burn more thoroughly by allowing air to enter the fire from the bottom.carbon dioxide (a greenhouse gas) absorbing trees to be planted. When they are burned as firewood and products of combustion are released into the environment, the same amount of carbon dioxide that they absorbed during their lifetime is released.

 

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This makes burning wood a neutral process in terms of carbon dioxide

 

As opposed to burning coal which releases not only carbon dioxide but other pollutants and greenhouse gases in addition.

Coal is largely made of carbon and burning it, like burning natural gas, is taking carbon dioxide that was buried deep in the earth for millions of years and causing it to contaminate the atmosphere.

 . . . .”The same amount of Carbon Dioxide is released when the wood is burned,  as would happen if the tree were … left in the forest to decompose”.

 

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Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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Properly Size . . . .Your Fireplace Grate

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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Cast Iron Grate With grates coming in different materials, different sizes, and different levels of durability there are a few things to consider.

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This is a very sturdy one piece deep gate

First, when choosing between grates made from stainless steel and grates made of cast iron, you need to consider what type of use your fireplace experiences.

If you are the very occasional burner and are lighting up fires for the holidays and other occasions throughout the winter, a lighter stainless steel grate should fit the bill. If you have a fire burning most or all of the time then a cast iron grate would be more appropriate Cast Iron Gratefor your needs. Cast iron grates are usually more heavy than stainless steel grates and therefore will not burn out as quickly.

Grates come in one piece, meaning that you will not have to worry about accidentally knocking the grate over when shifting or adding firewood. Grates that are “not one piece” units could be a fire hazard. Similarly, grates that are shapedsuch that the wood sits extremely close to the fire, nearly touching the embers, is a great choice especially for folks who just want to let their fire sit and burn because there is a decreased likelihood of logs falling out of the fireplace as they shift as the fire is  burning.                                                                  (*Better)

Fireplace GrateWhen you are looking to see what size grate you should purchase, you will need to take the dimensions of your firebox.

<— Expensive or (cheap) grates  burn out much quicker !      <———-      (*Good ) 

After measurements are taken, select a grate that leaves approximately two or four inches between the edge of the grate and the walls of the firebox. You will want to leave additional room if your fireplace has glass doors closing off the front of it.

If you do choose to install a grate, you should consider also purchasing a spark screen. Such a screen is made of a fireproof material and arrests the sparks that fly out from the fire. Since the actual fire will be sitting up those added inches due to the grate, the sparks have a greater chance of exiting the firebox and reaching nearby combustibles such as rugs or furniture. Remember when purchasing your grate, however, that the grates that weight more are going to last longer than lighter grates in general.

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Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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Masonry Firebox . . . . tuck-pointing repairs

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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AZ sitting on hearth with chamber tech 2000 all over himself 2Masonry fireboxes, meaning that the fireplace is not a prefabricated or metal chimney, can deteriorate over time. Repairing your firebox is a job that is generally doable by the average homeowner, but professional consultation is always advised.

Older masonry fireboxes were often constructed with regular old Portland cement. This cement “is not” specially formulated to withstand the heating and cooling process that the firebox undergoes with every lit fire.  As the firebox heats up, the cement stays pretty solid, but over time the cement will deteriorate such that only fire clay and sand remain in the joints. These loose joints will fall out easily and have occurred if your chimney professional states that you have ‘open or loose mortar joints’ in your masonry firebox.

Different localities have different regulations on exactly how the joints between firebricks in the firebox should be tuck-pointed. NFPA 2:11 has recently stated that refractory mortar is what is appropriate for filling the mortar joints between firebricks.

Local building codes have slowly started to adopt this specification as well. Portland cement, even with fire clay, is not appropriate due to the face that no matter what it is mixed with the Portland cement will deteriorate over time, leaving you with open mortar joints that become a fire hazard. Fireplaces joints in the firebox should never exceed a fourth of an inch. Larger mortar joints are prone to coming loose and falling out. The products of combustion from the fire in your fireplace are extremely hot and will seep through any cracks in the firebox. This leads to the possibility of combustibles in the frame of your chimney catching fire.

There is premixed refractory mortar and hydraulic refractory mortar. Premixed refractory mortar dries as opposed to hydraulic refractory mortar, which cures. Hydraulic refractory mortar has been approved for outdoor fireplaces and premixed refractory mortar has not. Similarly, only use the hydraulic refractory mortar when setting clay flue tiles. This is due to the fact that premixed mortar will dissolve with water and the acidic fumes that are the products of combustion. If you have questions as to which kind of mortar a particular refractory mortar is, consult the manufacturer or a professional because using the right type of mortar is key to making a lasting repair or strong first construction.

Protecting Your Firebox

Fireplace FirebackWhen your chimney professional comes out to inspect your chimney, make sure that he takes a good look Fireplace Firebackat the firebox as well as the rest of interior of your chimney.

Any missing mortar joints, whether in the firebox or elsewhere in the chimney, are dangerous and not according to code.

You can protect the back wall of your firebox as well as increase the efficiency of your by investing in a cast iron or stainless steel fireback. These firebacks cover nearly the entire back wall of the firebox and will deflect the heat from damaging the back wall and radiate it out into the room. Stainless Steel firebacks are less expensive than Cast Iron firebacks , so I would encourage you to look into both kinds before making a final purchase. What the stainless steel fireback lacks with its lower price is the intricate designs present in cast iron firebacks.

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Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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