• Carbon Monoxide and Your Chimney


    Consumer confidence in the convenience and safety of today’s home heating systems is usually well-placed. The oil and gas heating industries have achieved impressive safety records. Nonetheless, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, over 200 people across the nation are known to die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by problems in […]
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  • Chimney Fires


    As you snuggle in front of a cozy fire or bask in the warmth of your wood stove, you are taking part in a ritual of comfort and enjoyment handed down through the centuries. The last thing you are likely to be thinking about is the condition of your chimney. However, if you don’t give […]
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  • Firewood and Your Fireplace


    Firewood is an area where you can have great influence over how well your system performs and how enjoyable your experience will be. Quality, well-seasoned firewood will help your wood stove or fireplace burn cleaner and more efficiently, while green or wet wood can cause smoking problems, odor problems, rapid creosote buildup and possibly even […]
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  • Got Smoke?


    Grate 1. Problem: Grate is too large Solution: You need a smaller grate 2. Problem: Grate isn’t high enough Solution: Elevate grate In every case, the grate should be all the way back against the fire wall. Damper 1.Damper should always be all the way open when you’re burning a fire in a regular fireplace […]
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  • Pre-Fabricated Fireplaces vs. Masonry


    When most people think of chimneys, they think of fireplaces. Memories of cold winter evenings, relaxed and cozy in front of a crackling fire are hard to beat, and the ability of an open fire to soothe the wild beast within us all is legendary. Since the dawn of time, humans have gathered around the […]
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  • Rampart General Fireplaces


    What Is a Rampart General Fireplace Rampart General is a pre-cast concrete fireplace. It was manufactured in Santa Ana, CA years ago but are no longer in manufacture to date. If you have concerns or for specific information and publications on this type of fireplace, please refer to the Dale Feb website. Dale W. Feb, MCI, […]
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