Home Inspection vs Chimney Inspection

Home and chimney inspections are both important, particularly when a property is changing hands. However, the two aren’t the same, and they require different sets of expertise to get the most from each. What Do Home Inspectors Do? Home inspectors are qualified...

Do I Need To Replace My Chimney Liner?

A chimney is so much more than just a decorative element in your home, despite the character its brick or stone may bring. It serves a crucial purpose in ensuring the safe and efficient functioning of your fireplace or heating appliance too. And one of the key...

Looking for a New Fireplace This Fall?

There are lots of ways to keep warm when the temperatures begin to drop – and to do it with smart style. Maybe you’ve always craved the rustic charm of a wood stove, or you’ve contemplated converting your traditional open hearth to a gas-powered unit you can...

Ready for Wood Stove Installation This Fall?

Your home is your haven. So, of course you have an interest in what will make it functional, comfortable, and enjoyable. Your investment in helping your home rise to the occasion when you need it may have led you to consider the different ways you bring warmth into...

Why Are Chimney Sweeps Lucky?

The word “lucky” is loaded with meaning. Around the world cultures understand that sometimes things happen that are out of your control – and when they are good, luck is on your side. For centuries, humans have clambered to find things that would provide them...

Common Brick vs. Fire Brick: Which Is Best?

Bricks come in a variety of compositions, each with distinct qualities that make them suitable for different uses and designs. You’ve probably noticed some of their differences as you encounter them day to day – brick is hard to miss because it’s such a...

When Did Chimney Sweeping Begin?

The chimney sweep is a storied profession that carries with it many different images and connotations. That said, whatever picture comes to mind when you hear of this old profession is likely only part of the story. The history of the chimney sweep is long and filled...

End-of-Season Fireplace Guide

In the summer months, many people enjoy the extra daylight by turning to outdoor endeavors. As a result, indoor fireplaces tend to lie dormant for a season. This makes spring the perfect time to give your fireplace or wood stove a little TLC so it rests clean,...

Pros & Cons of Gas-Fueled Systems

Fireplaces are a well-loved feature in many homes, prized not only for adding heat but also ambiance that makes a house feel inviting, stylish, and comfortable. And while traditional wood fireplaces have long been the standard go-to, gas-fueled systems have emerged as...

Why Is My Dryer Not Drying?

While Holy Smoke provides the best chimney care around, we are also experts in some other important areas as well. One of these great service offerings is dryer vent cleaning. At Holy Smoke, we’ve seen our fair share of dryers that are not drying clothes...