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Add a Chimney to Your Home or Office

Have you always wanted a fireplace or stove in your home or office? Adding a new heating unit to your home or office can bring you the warmth and comfort you desire during the colder winter months. You might think adding a masonry fireplace and chimney to a room would be a big project, however, there are a lot of other, cheaper and efficient options available. At Old Smokey’s, we are experts at finding the right type of fireplace for your needs. Whether you want something that looks and feels more like a traditional fireplace, or a new stove, we got the heating appliance for you! Let us tell you the many benefits of a new prefabricated fireplace or stove.

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Location

One of the best things about prefabricated fireplaces or stoves is the ability to install them almost anywhere you would like to in your home or office. Ventilation for prefabricated and stove systems are much more flexible than masonry systems, meaning we can install a chimney almost anywhere in your home.

Fuel Options

There are a number of fuel options available with both prefabricated fireplaces and stoves. Wood and gas fuel burning appliances are probably our two most popular options available. However, there are some differences between the two options. Gas appliances are generally easier to operate and maintain. This is because gas can be directly piped into your home and connected to your appliance. This means you never have to collect and store fuel the way you would have to with a wood burning appliance. Also, gas fireplaces generally start by just flipping a switch. Wood appliances on the other hand can be cheaper to operate if wood is readily available. Also, most people think the ambiance created by a real wood fire is impossible to beat.

Efficiency

All of the fireplaces and stoves we install here at Old Smokey’s are EPA qualified, meaning they emit at least 70 percent less gas than a traditional masonry fireplace. Efficiency is important to a lot of our customers. Not only is it good for the environment, but you get more bang for your buck as well. Efficient fireplaces and stoves push more heat into the home instead of out of your chimney, meaning you need to use less fuel to stay warm. An added benefit is that it also creates fewer maintenance issues for your fireplace.

Let Old Smokey’s Help You!

Once you determine where you would like to place your new heating appliance, we can help with the design as well. This could include building a wall or mantle around the appliance. If you want to keep the look of an older style masonry fireplace, there are a large number of brick or stone tile options which can imitate a real masonry fireplace. You will ever know the difference. If you want to add warmth, comfort, and style to your home or office, look no further than Old Smokey’s. Our heating and chimney technicians can help you find the perfect fireplace for your home. Call us today at 260-424-0009 or schedule an appointment online to have a technician come to your home and discuss your home heating options. You can also come to our sales floor and check out what we have to offer for your home heating needs.

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!

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