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Ensure Your Fireplace is Ready for Fall

If you have a fireplace in your home, we bet you can’t wait for those cool nights coming up. Homeowners love having fireplaces in their house, as they bring life and beauty to any home when properly installed and properly maintained. It’s also very important to choose the right fireplace for your space, and the professionals at The Cozy Flame in Milford, Connecticut is here to help you pick the perfect one for you!

Types of Fireplaces at The Cozy Flame

Whether you’re looking for an EPA-certified wood or gas-burning fireplace, we have what you’re looking for. At The Cozy Flame, we only carry the top brands for our customers, friends, and neighbors. We carry Regency Fireplace Products, known for beauty and efficiency and Superior Fireplaces with a variety of beautiful styles and sizes.

Comprehensive Fireplace and Chimney Care

Ensure Your Fireplace is Ready for Fall - Milford CT - The Cozy FlameWhether you have a high-efficiency fireplace, an older model insert or stove, or even an open masonry fireplace, we have what you need to help get your fireplace ready for fall. Our sister company, Total Chimney Care offers the best comprehensive chimney care in the area including installations, repairs, preventative maintenance, and diagnostics. Some of the services we offer are following:

  • Regular Chimney Sweeps – When a chimney professional cleans your chimney, you don’t have to worry about odors, obstruction, and creosote in the flue. During the sweep, the technicians use special brushes and a vacuuming system to remove all the soot, creosote, and debris from the system safely and quickly. He’ll also assess the system for hazards, leaks, and other damage.
  • Annual Chimney Inspections – An annual chimney inspection identify hazards and weaknesses in the system so that it’s safe and efficient for fall and winter. Homeowners need to schedule an inspection annually, before transfer of property, after a fire, tornado, tropical storm, earthquake, and when changes have been made to the system.
  • Repairs and Installations – If your chimney needs repairs, it is best to have get the repairs sooner rather than later. Repairing damaged masonry will keep your chimney from winter damage and prevent water leaks.

Make sure your fireplace and home is ready for fall by scheduling your chimney and fireplace services now. Call or stop by The Cozy Flame to speak with a fireplace expert today! For all of your total chimney needs, we’ll help you get in touch with the experts at Total Chimney Care. Call us at 203-283-4459 now!

Creosote: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Creosote has always been described to be deadly and poisonous. Yes, creosote inside the chimney can be a very bad thing, but then again, like all bad things, creosote has its good side and there are many benefits it can give to other things. The Cozy Flame Hearth Shop would like to share what we know about creosote and how we can prevent it from harming our health and our property.

A natural byproduct of burning, creosote can appear flaky or tar-like.

A natural byproduct of burning, creosote can appear flaky or tar-like.

Brief History

Creosote comes from the Greek words kreas meaning meat and soter meaning preservation because it was traditionally used for that purpose. It is the result of generally burning combustible materials. It is also the result of the distillation of tar which is relatively heavier when compared to water. Where there is smoke, creosote is just around the corner because the smoke triggers creosote formation.

Creosote for Other Purposes

Creosote can be beneficial to people as well. There are two main types of creosote: wood-tar and coal-tar creosote.  Coal-tar creosote is used for preserving wood because it has preservative properties, but it is too toxic to use on other things. Wood-tar on the other hand is used for meat preservation and for medical purposes also. In hospitals, it is used as an anesthetic or a laxative. This is because of its antiseptic properties. However, creosote is not limited to these things only. Other types include water-gas-tar creosote and oil-tar creosote.

Creosote in Chimneys

In chimneys, creosote lingers in walls. At first it’s still called soot, but once it starts to thicken and it will start to have charcoal black colors, then that is already considered to be creosote. You will not know it’s already there unless you actually check the inside of your chimney. It can start rooftop fires in an instant because creosote is highly flammable. When there is already too much, layer after layer, it will now become glazed creosote.

The Best Solution

This process, however, cannot be avoided unless you never use your fireplace anymore which now defeats the purpose. But you can easily lessen the buildup with regular cleaning. The best way to prevent creosote formation from worsening is to have your chimneys cleaned by our licensed professional chimney sweeps. They are highly capable of taking care of your chimney once creosote starts to form. We are licensed by the CSIA and the NFI and have been offering the best of our human resources and services for over sixteen years to the beautiful people of Milford, Connecticut.

 

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