A1 Stoves

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Fireplace Chimney Cleaning

The National Fireplace Association recommends Chimneys, wood burning Stoves & Fireplaces that are used frequently be cleaned & inspected annually. We recommend if you are using your wood burning appliance as your main source of heat that you have your annual cleaning done in the summer when it is not needed to heat your home.

Every A-1 Stoves & Chimney Service includes an inspection ensuring that chimneys are free from harmful deposits and blockages, are structurally sound and comply with recommended clearance requirements.

What to expect when our technician performs your Chimney Sweep

(Technicians will wear masks and/or booties upon request )

After greeting you at the door, we begin by placing clean canvas tarps around the work area making sure to protect your floors & furnishings. With the hepa filtration vacuum on we insert a retractable brush called a Viper that slowly extends up the chimney to the cap dislodging soot and/ or creosote.

Using this method we are able to ensure that no soot or ash enters your living space.

Once the flue is swept our technician will brush and vacuum out soot deposits in the firebox and above the baffle or smoke shelf.

Our technician will clean the glass doors & inspect the door and glass gaskets (ash drawer gaskets if applicable)  and verify that they are properly sealed. We inspect the condition of the fire bricks & baffle. For your convenience, we carry fire bricks and a wide variety of gaskets on our trucks. Our technician will clean & inspect the catalytic combustor (if so equipped)

We then go on the roof, determine if the cap & screen are in good condition and are free of soot and creosote. We also make sure the storm collar and flashing are still properly sealed. When roof or weather conditions are not safe we will do a visual inspection from the safest, closest access point.

After your A-1 Stove & chimney service your wood burning stove or fireplace is safe and ready to keep you warm all winter.

What Dirty Job Can We Do For You?

Wood burning fireplace insert with glass door

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I burn safe and efficiently?

A: Start by using dry seasoned wood. Burning hot fires will significantly reduce the chance of excessive creosote build up. It’s not always possible or cost effective to continuously burn a hot fire. We recommend that you burn a  hot fire 3 or more times a week for at least ½ hour.

Contact A1 Stove Service to schedule a  safety check up and cleaning.

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Did You Know?

Fires And Your Health

It’s a good idea to avoid breathing smoke if you can help it. Everyone should take the steps outline in the article when wildfires are present.

Read the article.

Have more questions or concerns? Please contact us! We’re here to keep you safe and warm!

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