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Quality Chimney Repairs, Repointing, Restoration & Rebuilds

There are a lot of issues that can arise when you own a masonry fireplace and chimney. This is is especially true if your chimney system in older. Masonry chimneys are constructed to withstand a lot of abuse. This makes sense when you consider that your chimney has to deal with extreme shifts in temperature and harsh weather conditions. Because of this, over the years, even the most well-built chimneys will start to show signs of wear and tear due to climate and operational use. When your chimney masonry health starts to deteriorate, issues that can occur that will inhibit your chimney system’s ability to operate correctly and your chimney could also become hazardous. Because of this, it is critical that you have your chimney inspected and maintained by an experienced chimney technician annually. At Old Smokey’s, our experienced masons have seen everything when it comes to chimney masonry issues. Let us show you what we can do to bring life to your old worn out masonry chimney.

Masonry Services We Offer

When it comes to your chimney masonry, we pretty much do it all. If you’re looking to do any type of repair, repointing, restoration, or rebuild, our masonry experts can help you. There are many things that can cause masonry damage. Poor construction, weather, and old age are some of the most common issues that we come across during chimney inspections. If you notice that your masonry is starting to crack, chip, crumble or detach, it needs to be inspected and repaired as soon as possible. These types of issues can quickly become large issues that are hazardous and costly to repair. Sometimes repairing masonry will include a process called repointing. Repointing is the process of carefully removing old and damaged mortar from between your masonry brickwork and replacing it with new mortar. Repointing strengthens bonds between your brickwork and protects your masonry from moisture intrusion. It also has the added benefit of livening up the appearance of your chimney.

Chimney Repair, Repointing, Restoration & Rebuilds. We Do It ALL - Fort Wayne IN - Old Smokey's

If your chimney or fireplace is looking old and worn out, you may be thinking that you want to restore it back to its original self. At Old Smokey’s, we can help you with this as well. Our chimney restoration services include but are not limited to, stain removal, brick replacement, waterproofing, and repointing. Our experienced masons will use materials and techniques that will make sure your repairs match your current masonry’s colors and patterns. If your chimney or fireplace has gotten to the point that repairs don’t really make sense, we can rebuild it for you. Many people use this as an opportunity to totally remodel their chimney system. 

One of the most important masonry services that we offer is preventative care. Your chimney puts a lot of work into keeping you warm throughout the winter. That’s why it is important to have your chimney inspected by one of our CSIA certified chimney technicians at least once a year. Annual chimney inspections allow us to detect issues in your masonry before they become larger issues. This can save you a lot of money and headaches in the long run.

Whatever your chimney masonry needs are, we here at Old Smokey’s can help. Call us today at 800-876-6539 or 260-424-0009, or schedule an appointment online to meet with one of our CSIA chimney technicians today! We look forward to serving you!

Gas Fireplaces, Logs, Inserts & Stoves

Alternative heating appliances have gained a lot of popularity over the past couple of decades. The reason for this is that many appliances like fireplaces, inserts, and stoves have become a lot easier to operate and are a lot more efficient. Heating appliances also can now burn a number of different fuel types. One traditional fuel that is commonly used is wood, but the labor and maintenance that goes into owning a wood burning appliance can turn some people off to owning one of these appliances. However, there are other fuel options available that allow you to enjoy a fire, without the hassles that accompany owning a wood burning appliance. At Old Smokey’s, we can help you choose an appliance. Whether you are looking to own a fireplace, log set, insert, or stove, we know that you’ll be happy with the gas fueled appliances that we offer.

Why Gas Appliances?

Homeowners are choosing gas appliances for a couple of reasons. First off, gas appliances are relatively easy to operate compared to their wood burning counterparts. Operating a gas appliance usually only consists of turning on a switch. Secondly, gas burning appliances only produce a minuscule amount of creosote, just a fraction of what a wood or coal burning appliance produces. This means gas appliances are usually easier to maintain and since they are cleaner burning, chimneys in gas appliances generally stay cleaner. Finally, gas burning appliances produce zero ash, so after you are done enjoying your fire, there is little to no cleanup needed.

Appliances That We Offer

We offer a wide range of gas appliances.  Whether you are looking for a fireplace, log set, insert, or stove, we have all of these appliances in a variety of design options. If you are unsure of what type of appliance you are looking for, Old Smokey’s can help guide you through the process of choosing which appliance is right for you.

Gas Fireplaces – A fireplace is a more traditional choice. Gas fireplaces are especially convenient because they are very versatile in regards to placement in your home.

Gas Log Sets – A gas log set is an appliance that is designed to mimic a real wood burning fireplace by using a set of fire-resistant ceramic logs which set on top of a gas burner.  The logs are designed to look like real wooden logs, which provide an authentic wood fire experience. Also, like a traditional wood fireplace, log sets are not meant to be a primary heating source.

Gas Inserts – A fireplace insert is a gas appliance that is inserted into an already existing open-hearth fireplace. Basically, an insert replaces your old firebox. This is convenient for people who would like to convert their old wood burning fireplace into a new gas one.

Gas Stoves – Many people like gas stoves because they are efficient and they put out a lot of heat. If you are looking for an appliance that will help to supplement your home’s heating, a gas stove might be the choice for you.

No matter what you are looking for in a gas appliance, we’ve got what you are looking for. If you have any questions about the types of gas appliances we have available, don’t hesitate to contact us or visit our showroom at 220 W State St, Ashley, IN 46705. We would love to help you find the right appliance today!

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