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It’s that time of year here in the USA where you might be starting an indoor fire to either stay warm or just produce some ambiance within your home. I happen to have two wood-burning fireplaces in my own home and both are see-through so four rooms in my house get the benefit of a Read More »

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Chimney Repair Costs 2021 (Replacing, Removal, Maintenance) A fireplace is a beautiful and cozy addition to your home, but it is important to keep your chimney in good repair and up to code in order to prevent leaks, carbon monoxide and smoke intrusion, and chimney fires. Chimney damage can be caused by a number of Read More »

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Sap Stain Removal Podcast 64 - Click to Listen: Tim Carter called Theresa not too long ago. Her husband had great intentions, but...: "We have a sap stain on our stone hearth about 1 foot in diameter. It was from a chainsaw-carved bear my husband believed was a good Mother's Day present. Due to the Read More »

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See Through Fireplace Smoking - Mason Screwed Up Last week I did a consult phone call with a contractor. He was called into a job because a see-through fireplace was smoking. The fireplace was a kit, but it needed work to be done by a mason in the field. It turns out the mason who Read More »

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"When done right, whitewash produces a brilliant white finish that bonds tenaciously to any masonry or coarse wood surface. You can add dry pigments to the whitewash to create unlimited color possibilities." Whitewash Fireplace DIY TIPS Use real whitewash, not paint - paint is for losers Real whitewash is hydrated lime and salt - SEE Read More »

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To prevent problems resulting from chimney construction and fireplace design, check out the following resources. Because firebox design is critical to the success of the fireplace, consult the fireplace sizing chart before building.

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Majestic Fireplace Customer Service Davey lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Yesterday, he wrote me the following: "I have a small townhouse with a corner fireplace (zero clearance) in the basement that was built 33-years-ago. The seven years we've lived here we've always known there's cold air coming in from behind the fireplace.  Finally, I cut open the Read More »

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DEAR TIM: I have a large painted brick fireplace that we want to resurface with real river rock or something similar. My husband and I are not interested in veneer or ledge panels. Will the mortar be strong enough to hold the stones? Do we need to use a special mortar or is an additive Read More »

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