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Hassle Free Chimney Services (appointment tips)

Scheduling a time to have your chimney inspected or repaired is  nerve racking. First, you need to figure out a time of day when both you and your chimney sweep are available, and then you need to make sure your home & fireplace is ready when your chimney sweep arrives. However, at Old Smokey’s, we can ease the frustration that goes along with making a chimney service appointment by giving you a few tips.

Setting a Time

schedule your appointment soon!If you need to schedule chimney maintenance or repairs, the best time to schedule an appointment is in late spring, summer, and early fall. This is because these times of the year are by far the slowest for a chimney sweep, meaning you will most likely get your desired time for an appointment. During the fall as the weather gets colder, people start to fire up their fireplaces and chimneys. This means that our schedule starts to fill up quickly, and we might not be able to work you into our schedule.

Getting Ready for the Appointment

First, we ask that you remove any fragile or breakable items from the fireplace mantle and surrounding areas. We also ask you to remove all valuables far from the fireplace. Although we try hard to be cautious when moving around your fireplace, it makes our jobs a lot easier if we bring our equipment in and set up without fear of harming your belongings.

Generally, we like to have about 6 feet to work around your fireplace. This gives us plenty of room to set our tools out and lay down the protective clothes that we set out to keep your floor clean. Second, any wood or coal appliance needs to have cooled for at least 24 hours prior to our arrival time. If your fireplace is still hot when we get there, we will not be able to work and you will need to reschedule.

When we work on your chimney, feel free to watch us work and ask questions if would you like. We would be happy to help you understand how your chimney works and what we are doing to make it operate more smoothly.

Who Should I Call?

You should always use a chimney sweep that is certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). A CSIA certified chimney sweep has been through safety and chimney maintenance and repair training courses, and they have been periodically tested on safety and chimney maintenance techniques. A CSIA certification signifies that a chimney sweep has put in the time and effort to be the best chimney sweep they can be, especially when it relates to your safety. At Old Smokey’s, we require all of our chimney sweeps to remain CSIA certified at all times.

We make scheduling easy! Simply call Old Smokey’s at 260-424-0009 or make an appointment online.

Convenience of Pellet Stoves and Inserts

Fall is here, and it’s time to start thinking about your home’s heating needs. Most people love sitting around a nice warm fire with their loved ones on a cold night. However, the idea of chopping and stacking wood, building a fire, and keeping the fire going are such hassles.

Furthermore, old-fashioned wood fireplaces aren’t efficient and usually are considered an very good heating source. Luckily, you can have the best of both worlds! At Old Smokey’s, we offer pellet stoves and heaters which are hassle-free and efficient, while also offering wonderful ambiance with it.

Pellets as a fuel source

Convenience of Pellet Stoves and Inserts - Fort Wayne IN - Old Smokey's Fireplace & ChimneyThere are some advantages to burning wood pellets. Appliances that burn pellets are burning tiny pieces of compressed, recycled wood waste, and other recycled materials. Because they are created from a recycled and renewable resource, the pellets are considered to be ecologically friendly. Most pellet appliances are fueled automatically. The only thing you have to do is fill a hopper full of pellets and press a button to start a fire. The ease of use and the ability to let you burn a real fire make pellet stoves an attractive option for many homeowners.

Stoves and Inserts

We have a wide variety of styles for both pellet burning stoves and pellet burning inserts. Pellet burning stoves are convenient because you have more versatility in the placement of your unit. Pellet inserts are great if you have an older fireplace that is no longer functioning, and you want to bring it back to life. We install the pellet insert into your old fireplace’s firebox, and you get a new fireplace that is highly efficient!

They both have wonderful heating capacity. Both of these options can heat anywhere from 1,000 to 2,500 square feet depending on the model. The reason they both give out a lot of heat is because they are designed to blow warm air out into your home, instead of up and out of your chimney. If heating efficiency is important to you, then you should definitely consider a pellet burning unit from us!

Let our Pros Help You!

If you’re ready to switch to a more convenient, renewable and efficient heating option for your home, we can help you. Come check out the variety of pellet stoves and inserts at our showroom located at 220 W State Street, Ashley, Indiana 46705. We guarantee you’ll be impressed with our inventory. If you want to talk about the benefits of pellet burning products with our home heating experts, stop by our showroom or call Old Smokey’s at 260-424-0009.

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