Quality Fireplace and Chimney Services PRODUCTS

WHY DO YOU NEED CHIMNEY CAPS?

Chimney caps keep out the rain, right? If this was the only reason for installing a cap it would be enough. I have seldom seen an uncapped chimney over five years old that was not suffering from some kind of water damage. Go over to you fireplace right now and look at the back firewall near the base. Take a screwdriver or coin and run it across the mortar between the bricks. Seem a little crumbly? Or maybe it’s obvious just looking at it. Rain puddles up on the smoke shelf, mixes with creosote in the chimney and turns into a highly corrosive acid which seeps down and attacks the mortar joints no the back wall of the fireplace. The mortar becomes weak and presto, the bricks on the wall become loose.

Besides that:

  • Rain can set off a bad smell in the chimney. This will happen in warm weather, especially if the chimney is dirty or has animal droppings on the smoke shelf.
  • Rain speeds the rusting of metal parts of your fireplace. Damper hard to move or frozen?

CAPS KEEP OUT BIRDS, SQUIRRELS, AND OTHER ANIMALS

Birds are fun to look at but they do ha a few bad qualities when perched on your chimney. They chirp and flutter constantly, providing constant annoyance.

Their droppings accumulate in a huge vulgar mass on the smoke shelf causing a bad smell, and is a breeding ground for mites, and bacteria.

A squirrel can wreck a house faster than a dozen two-year-olds. Once they get inside the chimney the only way out for them is through the damper.

Raccoons love to raise their young in the nice dark and warm smoke shelf, just a couple of feet from your living room.

CAPS INHIBIT BACKPUFFING

Backpuffing (fireplace smoke coming back into the house) can result from several factors. One of them is downdrafts.

CAPS KEEP OUT LEAVES

Leaves can choke a flue and set off a chimney fire in a dirty flue. As you can see, there is probably no single investment that you can make for your chimney that will return so much to you. You have invested $5-10,000 in your fireplace, why not protect that investment?

Which of these Chimney Caps is best for your chimney? Ask the professional from Quality Fireplace what would work best for your unique chimney.

The two main reasons for the breakdown of fireplaces and chimneys are heat and water. A Chimney Cap takes care of the water damage, The “Heat Reflector/ Heat Shield” takes care of the heat!

FIREBACKS

In an unprotected fireplace, heat is absorbed into the back wall of the fireplace which causes the bricks to crack and the mortar that holds the chimney together to break down, leading to expensive repairs.

A fireplace with a “HEAT REFLECTOR/ SHIELD or FIREBACK” protecting it. The back wall of the fireplace is now exposed to 1/3 less heat. The heat is radiated into the room where it should be and damage to the fireplace is significantly reduced or stopped! How much additional heat? 20% to 40% increases are being reported depending on the fireplace. Whatever the increase, it’s always noticeable. You’ll feel the difference.

To set up a time for Quality Fireplace to come out and provide an estimate or to schedule a time for a chimney cleaning, either click here or call us today.

CHIMNEY TOP DAMPER

Huge heat loss occurs when a chimney damper doesn’t seal properly or is missing or broken. You can’t see it, the heat just goes out of the house. If your chimney’s damper isn’t sealing properly it’s like leaving the front door open in the middle of winter!

A simple, cost effective solution is having Quality Fireplace install a Top Sealing Damper Cap.

The stainless steel cap-damper has a special 7 x 7 strand stainless steel aircraft cable which runs inside the flue.

It is simple to operate with a handle right in your living room.

To set up a time for Quality Fireplace to come out and provide an estimate or to schedule a time for a chimney cleaning, either click here or call us today.

CHIMNEY WATERPROOFING

There are approximately 40 million masonry chimneys in North America and the most common problem with these structures is water penetration.

Water causes over 1 billion dollars in damage annually in the form of staining, loss of insulation value, freeze-thaw damage, deterioration, and ultimately structural failure.

All new and existing masonry chimneys are susceptible to water damage and, even if repaired, chimneys will continue to deteriorate if they are not protected. ChimneySaver, which comes with a 10 year warranty, is the first water repellent specifically developed to protect chimneys from the severe weather conditions to which they are exposed.

ChimneySaver is a Water Repellent not a water sealer. The difference could save you hundreds, or even thousands of dollars in repairs because sealers can actually damage masonry. Unlike waterproofing sealers that remain on the surface and trap water vapors, ChimneySaver penetrates deep enough to protect masonry from destructive water penetration.

WATER DAMAGE CAN BE PREVENTED

Chimneys are highly exposed to the elements and, if left unprotected, are susceptible to structural deterioration. It is important to address this problem before serious damage occurs.

ChimneySaver contains patented siloxanes small enough to penetrate most masonry pores up to 114″ or more. These special siloxanes form strong bonds with the silica in masonry and concrete. Because of this bonding process, one application of ChimneySaver provides up to ten times the water repellent protection of typical sealers.

100% BREATHABLE

Moisture from a variety of sources is always present in masonry and concrete. Sealers and silicone coatings form a water resistant surface film which traps water vapors. If these vapors cannot escape, they will contribute to spalling, scaling, deterioration, and freeze-thaw damage.

ChimneySaver is 100% vapor permeable – a non film forming water repellent that penetrates and lines masonry pores. ChimneySaver offers the best protection because it releases water vapors and effectively reduces water absorption.

ChimneySaver is an investment in long-term protection that will help prevent expensive reconstruction. No water repellent, however, is a substitute for good construction and workmanship. The first step in preventing water damage is to make necessary repairs to structural cracks, damaged crowns, lashings, deteriorated bricks, and mortar joints. The second step is to protect porous masonry from further water penetration by applying ChimneySaver water repellent.

Talk to Quality Fireplace about applying ChimneySaver to your chimney or other masonry surfaces.

To set up a time for Quality Fireplace to come out and provide an estimate or to schedule a time for a chimney cleaning, either click here or call us today.

WHY IS A CHIMNEY LINER NECESSARY

Gas fired heating appliances produce low temperature, high moisture content flue gas which collect as acidic condensate on the inside of oversized, cold masonry chimneys. It is this condensate that is the primary cause of masonry chimney deterioration which creates a serious health hazard as well as costly home repairs.

LINERS HELP PREVENT CHIMNEY DETERIORATION

Installing a lightweight, properly sized, metal chimney liner will help create efficient, condensate free venting. Insulating the liner is recommended and will further enhance operation of the venting system.

CHIMNEY LINER MATERIAL

Aluminum, with a half century usage history, has proven to be an economical, effective material for venting gas fired equipment. Stainless steel is a good choice as well but is substantially more expensive but offers a Lifetime Warranty.

WHY SHOULD QUALITY FIREPLACE INSTALL/MAINTAIN YOUR LINER

A qualified heating or chimney contractor is the best person to install this type of product. There are several technical details which must be addressed before a liner is installed. A gas liner should be checked at least once a year by a qualified technician to ensure that the system is venting properly without condensation occurring.

To set up a time for Quality Fireplace to come out and provide an estimate or to schedule a time for a chimney cleaning, either click here or call us today.

CROWN REPLACEMENT

Customers often ask what the purpose of a chimney crown is. It’s important to note that a crown is not a chimney cap; the crown plays a vital role allowing water to shed off the top chimney chase and caps off the brickwork of the chimney.

In Wisconsin, the most frequent type of crown damage we see is freeze-thaw damage due to extreme temperatures and high exposure. Freeze-thaw damage occurs when your chimney is saturated with cold rain followed by a drop in temperature below freezing. Ongoing freeze-thaw cycles cause cracks and premature brick spalling (a type of failure caused by moisture where brick faces actually start to pop off. You may see them lying around the ground or on your roof).

Sometimes the chimney crown can simply use some resurfacing, other times the crown needs to be removed and replaced with the correct materials and proper practices. In severe cases where the chimney not only has crown damage, but also damage to the bricks on the top of the chimney, the top portion of the chimney may need rebuilding. Whatever crown situation you find yourself in, rely on the knowledge and expertise of Quality Fireplace and Chimney Services to identify, and repair or replace your chimney crowns to get the most of your fireplace this winter and many more to come.

HEATSHIELD®

While your chimney may look just fine on the outside, it could be hiding serious dangers on the inside. A thorough inspection of your chimney liner may reveal hidden dangers, hazards and draft problems caused by gaps, cracks and spalling in otherwise sound masonry chimneys.

If you have a damaged chimney liner, HeatShield® can restore your chimney’s clay flue liner and save you the expense of rebuilding or relining with a stainless steel chimney liner. HeatShield® is a specially formulated “Cerfractory®” sealant material that restores the integrity of your chimney flue to vent hazardous gases from your home. It also eliminates the dangers in your chimney caused by gaps, cracks, and spalling for years to come. This is an “eco friendly” product made from recycled and naturally occurring materials that offers you a less costly alternative to rebuilding your chimney or the destructive removal of flue tiles before the chimney can be relined.

So give Quality Fireplace and Chimney Services a call today to ask us about our professional HeatShield® Installers and the innovative HeatShield® system.

Poultice Creosote Remover

Certain types of creosote cannot be removed with standard chimney cleaning methods, such as the glass-like coating of crosote, often referred to as glazed or 3rd degree creosote. There is only one method of removing glazed creosote that is both effective and harmless to your chimney interior –  PCR.

A poultice is a centuries-old technique of applying an absorbent substance to a layer of toxins. When PCR is applied, it dissolves the creosote and absorbs it as it dries. The dried, creosote-infused PCR will lose its adhesion and fall from the flue walls. Any remaining PCR  can easily be removed with a chimney sweep. 

  • Completely removes 3rd degree glazed creosote
  • Eliminates the need for potentially destructive cleaning methods
  • Performs quickly and efficiently

Call QFP today to learn more about ridding your chimney of creosote with PCR. Request an appointment below!

VENTIS FIREPLACES

Quality Fireplace and Chimney Service is proud to now offer the multi-purpose VENTIS wood fireplace inserts. Manufactured by Olympia, their commitment to quality shows with its award winning VENTIS line of products. These innovative solutions meet high safety and quality standards and come with the best warranty in the business.

VENTIS ME150

The Ventis ME150 wood fireplace was developed for the homeowner who still demands elegance, robustness and high quality. The ME150 has many features including a generously sized combustion chamber, high-quality ceramic glass, firescreen doors, and cast iron grate, all at a competitive price. An optional variable speed blower is also offered to improve heat distribution, maximizing your comfort.

Recommended heating area: < 1000 SQ. ft.
EPA exempt decorative fireplace: Yes
Firebox volume: 3.0 cu. ft.

VENTIS ME300

Enjoy both the sounds and heat of a natural fireplace with our Ventis ME300. Designed to provide an overnight burn, it is powerful enough to heat up to 1,500 square feet. Get the most out of this truly exceptional fireplace by using its standard blower or installing its optional warm air distribution kit. This unit’s emissions have been tested at 2.9 g/kg and are below the Phase II limit of the EPA Voluntary Wood Fireplace Program.

Recommended heating area: <1,500 SQ. ft.
EPA qualified: Yes
Firebox volume: 4.25 cu. ft.

VENTIS HE200

Very few zero-clearance wood fireplaces can match the exceptional features of our HE200: an overnight burn, retractable double doors, cast refractory bricks, standard blower system, optional firescreen doors, and hot air distribution capabilities. Eco-friendly heating with emissions below 4.0 g/h and efficiency topping 75%.

Recommended heating area: 500-1,900 SQ. ft.
Max. output (seasoned cord wood): 65,000 BTU
Firebox volume: 2.3 cu. ft.
EPA certified: Yes

VENTIS HE250

The HE250 brings modern touch and blends functionality and comfort perfectly. Same key features as the HE200, but with extra firebox volume and a larger glass viewing area. An efficiency topping 75% and emissions below 4.4 g/h. The HE250 allows you to insert your personal touch with the option of a distinctive brushed nickel plated door overlay.

Recommended heating area: 500-2,100 SQ ft.
Max. output (seasoned cord wood): 75,000 BTU
Firebox volume: 2.5 cu. ft.
EPA certified: Yes

VENTIS HE300

The HE300 combines high efficiency, ecology and originality. This unit has an output of 80,000 BTU/h and can heat an area of 2,200 SQ ft. It’s 2.9 cubic foot combustion chamber can hold logs up to 16″. Safe and innovative, the Ventis wood-burning fireplace made in Canada reduces your environmental footprint thanks to the technology of this low zero emissions fireplace.

Recommended heating area: 750-2,200 SQ ft.
Max. output (seasoned cord wood): 80,000 BTU
CSA B415.1 – 10 certified: Yes

VENTIS HE350

The HE350 is a responsible choice for heating your home and caring for the environment. Behind its large glass door, the 4.28 cubic foot combustion chamber can hold an impressive 60 lbs of wood. The energy efficient fireplace complies with the EPA’s clean-air standards (only 1.6 g/h or emissions). The HE350 is capable of heating large spaces and burns for 10 hours.

Recommended heating area: 1,000-2,8000 SQ ft.
Max. output (seasoned cord wood): 95,000 BTU
Firebox volume: 4.28 cu. ft.
EPA certified: Yes

FULL VENTIS CATALOG

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SCHEdule an appointment with Quality Fireplace & Chimney Service

Thankfully, the efforts of America’s chimney sweeps have dramatically reduced the incidence of chimney fires. Regularly scheduled chimney cleanings help to reduce the risk of damage to your home. It is recommended by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) that fireplaces/chimneys be inspected annually. Contact us today and let our team of experienced professionals service your chimney for your peace of mind. Don’t forget to refer a person to Quality Fireplace and when they complete service, we’ll send you a check for $25.00!

Abraham was at my home today for an estimate. I explained our problem and rather than just give an estimate, he did the sweep right then. He thoroughly checked other things that were in need of repair and assured me I would get pictures and an estimate tomorrow. He was friendly, thorough, professional, curious, and very efficient. Most importantly he was knowledgeable! He made some suggestions that we could also do ourselves. Excellent service – Thank you!
Michele A.
Quality Fireplace came out last summer and rebuilt the crumbling chimney on our house — they did an excellent job and even cleaned up! Thanks to Mike and his staff.
Deb H.
Quality Fireplace installed a multi-flue cap on the top of my furnace and fireplace. They also cleaned my fireplace and were done in less than two hours without a mess…Thanks Guys!!
Izzy V.

I have had Quality Fireplace service my fireplace and chimney for years and have offered me a professional service and peace of mind.

Jackie R.