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Gas Log and Gas Fireplace Maintenance

If you heat with gas, does it eliminate the need for preventive maintenance? No. Although gas is a relatively clean-burning fuel, it still produces residues and other byproducts of combustion, just as burning wood does. Maintenance is still required. Should your chimney be inspected, too? By all means.

As chimney and fireplace (and combustion) experts, Old Smokey’s Fireplace & Chimney can recognize the telltale signs of needed maintenance for your gas-heated fireplace and its venting system.

Gas Log and Gas Fireplace Maintenance - Fort Wayne IN - Old Smokey'sProper exhaust venting is key. Even though natural-gas-burning appliances typically do not produce a lot of visible soot, they can in fact leave deposits in your chimney. And these deposits can, over time, harm your chimney and its liner and brickwork. The solution? Have your venting system and chimney inspected by one of Old Smokey’s Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) professionals. Even the use of a gas log or gas fireplace calls for maintenance consisting of — at the very least — an inspection of your chimney system to discover any hidden problems.

Incomplete combustion is one of the potential problems with a fireplace that uses gas logs or another source of natural gas as a fuel. If condensation results, it can have a corrosive effect on your flue and chimney. Nobody wants an acidic material eating away at the mortar and brick of your chimney from the inside.

According to the CSIA, these symptoms could point to a venting system problem:

  • Damp patches on interior walls or exterior walls
  • Peeling wallpaper
  • Blistered paint
  • Stains on the ceiling around the chimney
  • White stains on the outside of the masonry chimney
  • Eroded mortar joints
  • Crumbling bricks

Have one of Old Smokey’s chimney sweeps perform routine maintenance to determine the extent of any of these symptoms. You don’t want debris blocking your flue, potentially exposing the occupants of your home to carbon monoxide and other dangerous combustion byproducts. Nor do you want any other potential problem lurking unseen.

By calling Old Smokey’s, you can have your chimney/venting system evaluated by a competent Certified Chimney Sweep. If a problem is found, we can devise effective solutions for your natural-gas-fueled system.

We are proud that our technicians are certified by the CSIA. For more than 20 years now, Old Smokey’s has been proudly serving homeowners in northern Indiana, northern Ohio and mid-Michigan. Folks from Elkhart in the west to Ypsilanti in the east, from Lansing in the north to Defiance and Fort Wayne in the south know Old Smokey’s.

Call us at 260-424-0009 or 800-876-6539 or click here now to schedule an appointment. Just remember: even though gas logs and fireplaces fueled by natural gas are a reasonably clean alternative, they are still performing combustion. And combustion still demands periodic maintenance such as chimney sweeping and other cleanups.

Consider the benefits of wood pellet heating

As experts on chimneys and fireplaces, we at Old Smokey’s Fireplace & Chimney also understand what heats your house and exits your chimney — burnt fuel. We learn through training and through our multiple encounters with customers in our wide service area. Old Smokey’s hears a lot about the benefits of using wood pellets as fuel for your hearth, fireplace or stove. Today’s pellet-burning appliances burn more cleanly, more effficiently and more powerfully than their predecessors.

Let’s take a closer look.

Consider the benefits of wood pellet heating - Fort Wayne IN - Old Smokey'sBurning pellets 3/8 to 1 inch long, pellet stoves offer a safe, convenient and very affordable option for heating your home. The pellets used for fuel are typically made of wood or wood chips, but are sometimes composed of nutshells or corn kernels. The relatively low emissions of pellet burning make it a clean and environmentally friendly choice. Furthermore, the 5% to 10% moisture content of pellet fuel compares favorably to seasoned firewood’s moisture content of 20%.

To obtain optimum performance and safe operation, have one of Old Smokey’s trained professionals properly install your pellet-burning appliance. We are proud that our technicians are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA).

Old Smokey’s can also help homeowners make sure that their chimney is the right size for the stove or appliance they are using to burn their pellet fuel. We can evaluate your chimney to determine if it is properly insulated, needs relining or requires any significant repair or maintenance. Our certified chimney sweep can clean your chimney, as well as confirm that your heating system components are functioning as intended.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) advises that it is critical to follow manufacturer instructions and guidance for operating and maintaining a pellet-fuel appliance. The DOE urges that fans and motors be inspected and maintained and that the flue be regularly cleaned. Old Smokey’s has the skills, experience and expertise for homeowners to get the most from using pellets as your heating fuel.

For more than 20 years, Old Smokey’s dedicated team has been delivering timely and quality service to homeowners in northern Indiana, northern Ohio and mid-Michigan. We serve customers from Elkhart in the west to Ypsilanti in the east, from Lansing in the north to Defiance and Fort Wayne in the south.

Old Smokey’s has received Super Service Awards from Angie’s List, and we are members of the National Chimney Sweep Guild. We are highly trained, dedicated professionals who are pleased to look for new opportunities to improve customer satisfaction. Call us at 260-424-0009 or 800-876-6539 or click here now to schedule an appointment.

We’re confident you will give a solid thumbs-up to the attention to detail and competence of the Old Smokey’s service team. That’s why we invite and encourage customer feedback via social media or old-fashioned phone calls and handwritten notes.

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