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Economical Wood-Burning Appliances

Wood-burning appliances are valued for several reasons. The most common reasons are as follows:

  • Economical: As a fuel, wood is a very economical choice. It is a renewable resource and can be purchased in bulk at low prices or harvested and seasoned at home. It is a highly-affordable fuel, and can be obtained all year round and in all quantities.
  • Independent of Utilities: Wood-burning appliances are also valued because they function independently of utilities. This makes them incredibly beneficial when a blizzard or storm knocks out power for several days or even weeks. Be warned, your neighbors may be knocking at your door, looking for some warmth!
  • Visual appeal: Another reason wood-burning appliances are so popular is that they offer a classic, real-fire look and feel that just can’t be replicated by another fuel. From the crackle of the wood to the slow, dancing flames, wood-burning appliances bring a unique and romantic ambiance to any home. Other fuel types have come a long way visually, but they simply aren’t the same as the real deal.
  • Warmth: Wood has an excellent heat output and can warm a room in no time. Many homeowners opt for wood-burning appliances to enjoy greater amounts of heat at a lower price.

Although wood is a popular, economical and efficient fuel source, it does have some downsides. For one, it doesn’t burn as clean as gas, oil, or other fuels, and can be an air pollutant. When wood is burnt, smoke and soot particles can enter the air supply in your home if your fireplace is not working effectively. This exposure to smoke-polluted air can be hazardous to the health of your family, especially children, the elderly, and those with respiratory problems.

Wood-burning can also leave your chimney and fireplace coated in soot, ash, and creosote. These byproducts not only leave your appliance looking filthy, they can be hazardous to your health and can cause fires. That’s why with a wood-burning appliance, it is crucial that you have your chimney and fireplace swept annually to keep these byproducts in check.

When you have your wood-burning system swept, a Chief Chimney Sweep will remove all creosote, ash, and soot, leaving your fireplace and chimney looking fresh. We also:

  • Check the flue for any cracks or obstructions
  • Check the cap and crown for damage
  • Check to make sure the damper is working properly
  • Check the brick and mortar for any water damage, cracks, or gaps
  • Check the firebox for any damage

Should we locate any problems, we will make recommendations for repairs to keep your system working safely and efficiently. We can also help locate the source of smoke or water problems you may be experiencing and help keep your home smoke and water-damage free. To schedule your annual sweep, give Chief Chimney Services a call today or click here to schedule an appointment online!


If you have oil or gas appliances, they still need to have their chimney and vent system cleaned, so call on Chief Chimney Services for an appointment today.

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Wow! A mother-daughter team, the most pleasant and professional of any chimney service I have encountered. Called in advance, showed up on time, explained everything in detail, was thorough and clean. In a profession full of questionable practices, this was a great experience and I would recommend Diane and Lauren without hesitation. ~ Zev Asch, East Northport, NY
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