Stay Safe, Stay Warm!

Winter Storm Grayson is here and as ferocious as they thought! Snow days can be fun, but here are a few tips to safely weather the storm:

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Fireplace Safety During the Winter Holidays

We hope you are enjoying the warmish temperatures at the start of this Winter, but as New Englanders, we know the cold is on the way, as are the holidays!

The winter holiday season can be a joyous time of the year. Bright decorations on the mantle make warming by the fireplace even more special than usual.

As you prepare your home for the holidays, we want to share with you some special fire prevention steps to ensure your safety. [Read more…]

Tile Breaking

What is it?
Tile breaking is a process of breaking out and removing interior clay tiles in a flue. [Read more…]

Home Chimney Liners? What’s right for me?

Home chimney liners from Boston's Best ChimneyWell, that depends….What are you venting?

Different applications call for different types of home chimney liners. Fireplace liners are larger diameter stainless steel, heating flue liners can be 316 alloy stainless, AL29-4C alloy stainless or aluminum. All these vary significantly in price. [Read more…]

Lined or Unlined?

THAT is the question.

Whether your new or old to chimney service you may not know the anatomy of a chimney. For a fireplace structure you have the usual suspects, firebox, lintel, throat, smoke chamber and then progressing up you have your flue. Although all these areas are essential and work together as a “fireplace system”, I would have to say that the most important, is the flue. The flue’s only function is to carry the gases of combustion up and out. Similar to an exhaust in a car, which purpose is to keep the fumes away from the engine and passenger compartment. [Read more…]

Condominiums and Fireplaces

If you have a fireplace and you’re living in a condo, then more than likely your master insurance policy requires fireplace inspections.

Luckily, you’ve come to the right place. [Read more…]

Do you have a green thumb?

If you’ve done any gardening than you probably already know that PH is crucial for plant survival and a key player in maintaining optimal PH is Potassium. Potassium is an essential plant nutrient and large amounts is needed for growth and reproduction. [Read more…]

Chimney Repair

At some point during your home-ownership, your chimney will likely need some sort of repair. Chimney repair can range from very minor spot pointing, to full rebuilds, but what most people don’t know is, repairs can also be a combination of the two! [Read more…]

What is an Obstruction?

Picture this, you come home from a long day of working in the 90° heat. You start the shower, peel off your clothes, make the proverbial leap into the tub to be hit with ICE. COLD. WATER. No hot water. What happened? [Read more…]

What is a Corbel?

A corbel is a structural piece of stone, wood or metal protruding from a wall to carry weight. A chimney corbel, in very simple terms, is a brick bump-out.

You will find essential chimney corbelling in the smoke chamber or on a multi-flue outside wall chimney, this area is also known as a shoulder. [Read more…]