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…]

Chimney Cap Code

Are Chimney Caps Code?

We get this questions a lot. The short answer is, no you are not required by the Commonwealth of MA to have a chimney cap, but certain manufacturers may require them for certain applications. Let me explain; [Read more…]

Going Solar?

solar-panelsRenewable and clean energy sources, such as solar panels, are definitely making a comeback, and for good reason too.

Homeowners across the state are doing their part and making the choice of alternative energy, but before you do, take a look at your chimney. [Read more…]

Gas Logs

gas-log-fireplaceWhy not gas logs?

I know there is a stipulation about people that burn gas in their fireplace.

There’s nothing like a true wood burning fire. The sight, the sound, the smell compares to no other comfort feeling out there.

I know this because I used to be one of them, until… [Read more…]

What on Earth Is That?!…A Stack Silencer

stack-silencer-2Every once and a while we receive a request for a bid on a commercial project that has a scope for something we’ve never done before. [Read more…]

Creosote!

Creosote

Holy Creosote!

Last week we were called out to one of our long time, heavy burning, clients for annual maintenance.

When we go there we found a very heavy coating of creosote in the flue and on the mechanical fan. [Read more…]

Is the base of the chimney crumbling?

ChimneyBaseBEFORENo problem for Boston Best Chimney!

Deterioration of brick and mortar is inevitable, even when it’s indoor, like at the base of the chimney.

You know what I’m talking about.

A few chips fall off here and a few chips there.  Maybe there is even some moderate crumbling in one area but you try not to look at it because if you don’t, it’s out of sight out of mind.  [Read more…]

Six More Weeks of Winter

groundhogThanks Punxsutawney Phil!

You heard right, folks, six more weeks of winter is at our door step. Guess what? This makes me happy. [Read more…]