The Homeowner, The Chimney Sweep and The Home Inspector.
This is a great article about what the home inspector is looking for and what they arenot looking for as he inspects your chimney. If you are buying or selling a house you need to read this one.

Who will clean out your dryer vent? 
Your local friendly chimney sweep, (me!!) of course. Dryer vents need cleaning on a regular cycle. Read more about why you need this service and who can do this for you.

The Masonry Stoves of Europe gain a strong foothold in North America 
Want a superb way to heat your house that does not depend on electricity, fossil fuel or a huge wood pile? Read on!!

The trouble with buying SEASONED firewood 
…is that the firewood supplier is likely to tell you it’s well-seasoned when it really isn’t. Find out more about how you can get seasoned firewood every year.

That Mysterious Soot Might Be From Candles
One day you notice dark marks on the walls ceiling or furnishings where you’re never seen them before.  What is that black stuff?? Where could it be coming from??.. Did you know some candles contain lead in the wick? Read this eye-opening article and follow the links to learn more about this potential health hazard in you home!!

Build a Holz Hausen
How to stack wood in a way as to go from a living tree to seasoned firewood in a little as three months.

A Sweep Can Do So Much MORE Than A Log?
Are “chimney sweeping logs” a good solution for your chimney maintenance needs? Can a log really replace the services of live, trained, professional chimney sweeps?

  • Carl’s Corner

    Carl Newton: WolfPack Fan,
    Carolina Hurricanes Fan,
    Carolina Panthers Fan

    Well a new year is upon us and during this time in late Jan the temps are running above normal. This will end I hear the middle of Feb with temps coming back to normal and COLD..

    We still get a lot of folks calling to ask for a second opinion where another local company was call and they found a LOT of stuff wrong with your 20 plus year old chimney most of the time with a quote of 4-5K or more.

    A lot of the things they "recommend" are to bring your chimney up to 2018/2019 code standards which is not necessary unless you are doing major repairs on the chimney or it is being torn down and rebuilt.

    Chimneys built in the 60 and 70's had different code requirement than a chimney built in 2018/2019.


    PS, If you have gotten a quote for chimney repairs, ie.. you need a chimney liner -liner work, parging smoke chamber etc. or you have been told "you might burn your house down" or "this could create a problem" stuff, that seem HIGH give us a call and let see what we can do for you.

  • Woodburning and gas burning fireplaces. Are they ready for winter.

    Is your Fireplace or Gas Logs ready to go.. If not or for a service give us a call.

    In a power outage a fireplace or gas logs may be your only form of heat so make sure they are working in top form. Give us a call to set up appt 919-772-8110

    have a good week

    PS: if you do NOT have a Carbon Monoxide detector and you have gas logs.. GET ONE.. NOW... I recommend the combo CO / Smoke battery powered detectors at Lowe's Home depot or most hardware stores..

    If yours are over 10 yrs old replace it.. (there's a date on back) If there is not a date of manf on back GET rid of it.

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