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Let Our Technicians Convert Your Wooden Fireplace to Gas Logs!

An older wood fireplace can give your home a cozy, traditional look that is hard to beat. However, you may have realized that your fireplace doesn’t put out as much heat as you wished it would. Furthermore, you have probably figured out that your fireplace takes a lot of time, energy, and money to maintain. This is a problem is so common that many homeowners don’t really use their wood fireplaces very often, if at all. At Old Smokey’s we can help you bring new life to your wood fireplace, without all the hardships associated with maintaining and operating it. Our gas log sets are economical, low maintenance, and easy to operate.

Gas Log Sets

Let Our Technicians Convert Your Wooden Fireplace to Gas Logs - Fort Wayne IN - Old Smokey's Fireplace & ChimneyA gas log set is a decorative appliance that can be inserted into your current firebox, converting it to a gas fireplace instead of a wood burning one. Gas logs consist of ceramic, fire resistant logs which are places on top of a burner fueled by either propane or natural gas. The ceramic logs are designed and placed to look like real wood logs and create an extremely realistic looking wood fire. Although they are fueled with gas, they do require similar ventilation as a wood fireplace.

Gas Log Set Benefits

Gas log sets are much more easy to maintain. Since the ceramic logs don’t actually burn, the only byproducts produced are from burning natural gas or propane. Since these clean-burning fuels produce very little in the way of byproducts chimney and vent cleaning is much less frequent. Although there is less maintenance, it is still very important to have your gas log inspected at least once a year by a Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified chimney technician. Gas logs sets are also much easier to operate. Instead of chopping, seasoning, and collecting wood, all you need to do is flip a switch or push a button.

How Much Heat do Gas Logs Produce?

Gas logs produce similar heat to a wood fireplace, meaning they aren’t incredibly efficient. If you want to increase your heating efficiency as well, we also sell gas inserts at Old Smokey’s. People often confuse gas logs and gas inserts. The main difference is that gas logs vent straight out of the chimney, and gas inserts push heat into your home.

If you want a more convenient lifestyle, call Old Smokey’s for an estimate on a gas log set. You can call us at 800-876-6539 or schedule an appointment online here. We look forward to hearing from you!

Which Type of Flue Liner Does My Chimney Need?

It’s time for your annual chimney inspection and cleaning, and the CSIA certified professionals at Old Smokey’s are excited to come to your home and make sure that your fireplace and chimney system is working efficiently and safely. When we come in and make our inspection, one thing that we’ll be checking out is the condition of your chimney liner. Your chimney liner plays an important role in keeping your chimney safe, and we know just what to look for to make sure it is doing its job effectively.

Chimney Liners

Which Type of Flue Liner Does My Chimney Need - Fort Wayne IN - Old Smokey'sAlthough your chimney is designed to carry the by-products of your fire up and out of your home, the uneven structure of the bricks and mortar aren’t the most efficient channel for this happen. Parging older chimneys often helps this process. During parging, the builders would line the interior of the chimney with mortar to create a smooth, even surface. Later on, clay tiles were used, and more recently, metal liners have become a popular material for lining chimneys.

Your chimney liner can be damaged in several ways. The most common problem with chimney liners is improper installation or fit. An improper fit of the chimney liner hinders the flow of gases out of your fireplace. Your liner can also become cracked or damaged due to the normal settling of your home. Chimney fires also damage your liner. If we detect any type of damage to your chimney liner, we will recommend replacing it.

Types of Liners

There are three main types of chimney liners: metal, clay, and cast in mortar. Your decision on which type to use depends on what type of chimney you have. Currently, the most common choice is probably metal, either flexible or rigid. If you have a straight flue, you could use a rigid metal liner, but if you have any type of angles in your flue, you’ll want to go with a more flexible option. There are several different types of metal as well, and different types work better with different heating systems. For example, if you have a gas appliance, you can use an aluminum liner, but not with other heating fuels. If you burn wood or coal, then a stainless steel liner will work well.

Clay liners are also a great option, as they can withstand high heat and last for a long time. The downside to clay liners is that they are generally a more expensive option. If you have a very narrow, straight chimney, then another option might be a cast in mortar liner, which involves the use of a rubber bladder to install, then remove when the mortar is dried. This is a great, long-lasting option which can work with any heating source and works well with narrow or oddly shaped chimneys. Here again, it is a costly installation process.

Call Today

If you think you might need a new chimney liner, give us a call today at 260-424-0009 or schedule an appointment online to have a technician come for a home inspection.At Old Smokey’s, we look forward to offering great advice and excellent service.

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