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It is officially off-season for chimney and fireplace. Homeowners are taking a break from hauling firewood and lighting stoves and fireplaces. Chimney professionals have a break from emergency calls and end-of-season maintenance. Now is the time that we get busy with installations, repairs, and routine service calls. Our customers trust us with their chimney systems year-round, and now is the perfect time to prepare your system for burn season with our expert services and professional installations.

The Cozy Flame and Total Chimney Care

We strive to offer our customers in Milford, Connecticut with the best care and brands in the industry. For fireplace and chimney services and installations, we look to our sister company, Total Chimney Care. Total Chimney Care employs CSIA certified chimney sweeps with extensive experience and training in the classroom and the field.

Comprehensive Chimney Care

If you reside in or around Milford, you can count on us for your chimney care. With over 20 years of expert service in the area, we are proud to offer preventative care, repairs, installations, and upgrades.

  • Preventative Care – We agree with the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The safest and most efficient chimney systems are those that are swept regularly and inspected annually. We offer services year-round and allow advanced scheduling for routine services. A chimney sweep keeps the air flowing properly and clear of dangerous creosote buildup. A chimney inspection allows the chimney expert to assess the entire system—interior and exterior. It gives us the chance to catch issues before damage or injury occur.
  • Repairs – Whether your chimney needs masonry repairs or other repairs, we can get the work done right now. Total Chimney Care dispatches expert masons to get your masonry work done promptly and correctly. We also reline chimneys, replace parts, and make minor repairs to prevent major damage.
  • Installations – Only an expert should install fire units, chimneys, parts, and flashing. Hiring an amateur to install components to the chimney system can be a devastating decision resulting in accidental fires, damage, and costing you more money in repairs down the road.
  • Upgrades – If your home has an old, inefficient, or outdated fireplace, we can give it a face-lift and save you money in the process! Whether your firebox needs a repair, a rebuild, or a replacement, we can help. Total Chimney Care installs chimney inserts, gas log sets, stoves, and more. We can replace your old hearth with a new one that matches your home and personality perfectly. Check out our showroom at The Cozy Flame to find the contemporary, traditional, sleek, and rustic models on the market.

Call The Cozy Flame

Before you close out and forget about your fireplace and chimney, it’s time to call the professionals. Call on The Cozy Flame and Total Chimney Care, and rest assured that your system is ready for fires again this fall. Call us at 203-283-4459!

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!

Fire Building Tips for Your Wood Burning Insert

Your wood burning insert is the perfect addition to your home. It will make your holidays warmer, your favorite room cozier, and your heating bills less painful. Save money this winter by having the best fire possible in your wood-burning insert.

Burning the Right Wood

It doesn’t matter how well you build your fire, it won’t burn well if it isn’t appropriate for burning. You should only burn properly seasoned firewood in your wood burning insert. Wood that is too wet is called “green” and burns incompletely, producing more pollution, leaving more creosote in the flue, and bringing down the chimney’s efficiency in general.

Lighting the Fire

You should never use ignition fuels like gasoline in your wood-burning insert. It is not designed to withstand that kind of concentrated heat, nor has it been tested for safety for use in that way. The best way to light your fire every time is to keep kindling on hand as well as some small bits of paper or lint to light.

The Top-Down Method

The top-down method may be a new idea in America, but it has been used in Europe for hundreds of years in masonry heaters. It also works in stoves, fireplaces, and inserts and is a more efficient way to build and burn a fire. First, you place your largest pieces of wood on the bottom of the fireplace—ends at front and back. Next, place 4-5 smaller levels of wood on top until that stack fills about ½ the height of the fireplace. The kindling will be on top, and can begin as sticks, and end with wood shavings and crumbled bits of paper. The entire stack should stay below the fireplace opening so that air circulates properly. As the smaller fuel burns, it falls below, igniting the wood on the next level. Building your fire in this way allows for a cleaner, hotter burn that uses less fuel. In addition, the chimney that vents the smoke better than you’ve ever seen.

Keep it Clean

Your wood burning insert works as well as it’s cared for. Professionally instal and regularly service your insert to ensure the safety and efficiency of the system. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommend regular chimney maintenance in order to burn a safe and efficient fire this winter. Chimney sweeps keep the flue clear of debris, soot, and creosote. Chimney inspections assess the safety and function of the system so that your fire will be beautiful, warm, and easy on the environment.

The best way to build a fire in your wood burning insert is to consistently use the insert properly. Do not burn trash, clothes, or anything else that is not wood. Keep the doors closed when a fire is burning. Utilize the vents and flue damper to allow air to circulate your fire. While you’re at it, make sure you brush up on fireplace safety and discuss fireplace safety with your family. Find a trusted chimney sweep company for all of your comprehensive chimney needs, and call The Cozy Flame for all of your hearth needs.

Call The Cozy Flame at 203-283-4459 today!

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