Firewood Storage Tips

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Chimney Sweep Malvern PA

Fireplaces and chimneys are complex systems that require expert care. But for everything from cleanings to inspections and installations to repairs, there is one chimney sweep Malvern PA trusts. TOR Chimney is a community-focused, family business that has been providing excellent chimney and fireplace service to the area for over 15 years. As we enter into the cool autumn weather, fireplaces are sparking up throughout the suburban streets. It’s a good time of year to review your heating systems, and take account of your firewood and resources.

Today we want to talk about the proper storage and care of firewood. We’ll provide some pointers for keeping your fire wood safe, dry and sanitary throughout the coming months.

4 Tips for Storing Your Firewood

  • Find a place not on soft soil. By keeping your firewood off of soft soil, you reduce the chances that it will absorb rain, mud and other dampness. This will help to maintain the integrity of your firewood, especially over long periods of time.
  • Cover your firewood. Unless you have an indoor storage location, you will need to find a basic covering for your firewood to protect it from the elements. A sturdy tarp will do. Make sure that this is fastened to stay in place through heavy weather conditions.
  • Stack your firewood efficiently. Make sure that your firewood is stacked in an efficient way to maximize storage space.
  • Find a place close to your home. Keep your firewood within very short walking distance so that it can be easily retrieved in poor weather conditions. The last thing you want is to have to hike through acres of snow for a couple logs.

Make sure that you get the most out of your firewood. To read about the most efficient firewood heating systems available, check out our page on wood fire inserts.

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Do you have any chimney or fireplace work that needs doing? Get in touch with us today to schedule a consultation. We’d love to talk about your home and fireplace needs.

Why You Should Install a Gas Fireplace

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About Us

We are TOR Chimney, a trusted provider of gas fireplace inserts NJ. We are an all-purpose provider of all fireplace- and chimney-related services, including cleaning, repairs, installations, and more. We are a family business with over 15 years of experience under our belt, and we’re a one-stop-shop for all your chimney-related needs. Serving our community is our #1 priority, and when we take on a job, we are committed to your satisfaction.

Summer is coming to an end, and that magical time of year is coming back around. Families will huddle around their fireplaces again, sharing stories, happiness, and laughter. Here at TOR Chimney, we consider this a wonderful and cherished experience. To us, the fireplace is a sacred staple in the home. And with the cold months coming just around the corner, it’s time to reevaluate the heating systems in your home.

Why Should You Upgrade to a Gas Fireplace Insert?

With the cold months coming soon, it is the best possible time to consider upgrading to a gas fireplace insert. We are passionate about gas fireplaces, and we believe that they are superior to traditional fireplaces for several reasons. These include:

  • Efficiency: Gas fireplaces provide much more heat to your home, much quicker than wood-burning fireplaces.
  • Safety: Gas fireplaces do not emit dangerous or flammable chemicals into your chimney or home, as traditional fireplaces often do.
  • Convenience: No more chopping logs or buying firewood! Flick your fireplace on or off with one simple switch.
  • Environment: Gas burning fireplaces are much better for the environment – in terms of both fuel consumption and pollution concerns.

Read more about the benefits of these systems in our service page on gas fireplace inserts.

Looking For Gas Fireplace Inserts NJ?

Don’t hesitate! Contact TOR Chimney today to request a consultation and hear more about our gas insert installations. We would love to talk with you about the particular needs of your home, and give you a detailed estimate for any job you want us to take on.

3 Benefits of Wood Stove Inserts

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Trusted Providers of NJ Wood Stove Inserts

For the last 16 years, we at TOR Chimney have established ourselves as the premiere chimney service providers in our community. A local, family business, we specialize in all chimney and fireplace related jobs. Among other achievements, we have become the trusted providers of NJ wood stove inserts. We believe that wood and gas fireplace inserts make great additions to any homes. We always strive to help our community in the most impactful ways we can, and right now that means providing information on one of our favorite service installations: wood stove inserts!

3 Reasons We Love Wood Stove Inserts

Here are 3 of the key benefits that wood stove inserts provide over their competition.

  • More efficient: wood stove inserts burn more efficiently than traditional fireplaces. Traditional models typically vent a lot of heat up through the chimney. This is heat that is lost to the interior of your home. Wood stove inserts distribute more of the heat directly into your home.
  • Safer, and eco-friendlier: wood stove inserts release less harmful emissions and pollution than traditional wood burning fireplaces. This keeps your home safe, and the environment healthy.
  • Maintain the wood aesthetic: we get it. Gas fireplaces aren’t an option for some people, because they just don’t capture that homey, wood-burning ambiance. Well luckily, this is one leg up that wood-stove inserts have on gas inserts. They are fed and burn real wood logs, for a real wood experience.

Visit our service page on wood stove inserts to learn why more and more people are making the switch.

Get Your Wood Stove Insert

There’s no time like the present to improve your home. Whether it’s about having a more efficient heating unit, a safer chemical ecosystem, or returning to a traditional wood-burning aesthetic, wood stove inserts can provide a benefit to any home. Contact us now to set up a consultation. When it comes to installations, repairs, inspections, cleanings, or any other chimney-related jobs, TOR Chimney has your back.

Why Should You Install a Gas Fireplace?

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About Us

We are TOR Chimney & Fireplace, a team of the best masons and fireplace technicians in the NJ area. We are the number one provider of gas fireplace inserts NJ. Our wide range of specialties includes all kinds of chimney and fireplace maintenance. We are well equipped to assist you in any step of the chimney and fireplace life cycle. It is our philosophy at TOR Chimney that the fireplace plays an essential role in the modern home. We are passionate about our projects and installations. The relationships we build with our customers are made to last, just like our installations and masonry.

Here’s why you should choose TOR Chimney to install your gas fireplace and enjoy a cozier home.

Why You Should Install a Gas Fireplace

Here are some of the reasons we believe it’s worth it to install a gas fireplace in your home.

  • Gas insert installations are time and cost efficient
  • Gas fireplaces burn safer than wood
  • Maintenance of gas fireplaces is easier and cheaper
  • Gas inserts can imitate the classic “look” of wood-burning fireplaces
  • On/off switch provides convenience and eliminates wood/log-related chores

There are many reasons to love gas fireplaces. Getting a gas insert installed in an existing fireplace, whether it is functional or not, is always a viable option. Please see our blog post on wood-burning vs gas fireplaces for more information on the benefits of gas.

Looking for Gas Fireplace Inserts NJ?

Choosing a type of fireplace for your home is a big decision. The fireplace you select will set the tone and ambiance of your space for years to come. If you have made decision on an install, or need help deciding, contact us for a consultation. We would love to make you one of our valued customers. We are prepared to install whatever fireplace or insert you desire, and advise you on what type would be best suited to your preferences.

The Sweeper’s Skillset

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TOR Chimney & Fireplace is the trusted Flemington NJ chimney sweep. We’re a local family business and community staple with over 15 years of success under our belt. We take pride in the Flemington NJ area, and the families and homes that we call our clientele. We specialize in a wide range of fireplace and chimney related services. This list includes installations, makeovers, inserts, inspections, cleanings, and repairs. A lot of expertise goes into completing these tasks, and each one benefits from deep mastery of masonry.

A trained chimney sweep offers much more comprehensive care for your chimney than a general handyman. This is important for many reasons, and your home safety often depends on the quality of care that your chimney and fireplace receive.

Chimney Sweep vs General Handyman

Chimneys are delicate ecosystems that need expert service in order to perform at high efficiency. Due to the nature of the materials burning in many chimneys, dangerous chemicals and flammable residue can build up in your chimney over time if it is not tended to properly. A specialist chimney sweep has a particular set of skills and equipment which allow him or her to effectively sanitize your home beyond the ability of a general handyman. These include…

  • Cutting edge video inspection tools
  • HEPA vacuums
  • Ability to identify the presence of dangerous chemicals
  • Mechanized rotary systems used to carve out chemicals baked into chimney lining

For more info on the unique skillset of chimney cleaning professionals, see our blog post on why you should leave chimney cleaning to the pros.

Get Your Chimney Swept

If your chimney is in need of a routine cleaning or inspection, please don’t hesitate to contact us for your consultation. If you think there may be some issue with your chimney related to chemical buildup or neglect, please act as soon as possible. It’s never a good idea to take risks with the safety of your home, and we here at TOR Chimney are ready and willing to help. It is important that a professional be involved in the health and safety of your chimney and home. Trust TOR Chimney – you’ll be in good hands.

The Cleaning Needs of Wood Fireplaces, Gas Furnaces and Pellet Stoves

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Hi there! We’re TOR Chimney & Fireplace, a local family business. It is our mission to be the most trusted and effective masons in our community. We are Mercer County NJ chimney sweeps who boast a wide range of chimney and fireplace expertise. Our common contracts include cleanings, inspections, repairs, installs, and cosmetic details. We take pride in the homes of our neighborhood, and take personal interest in every job that comes through our doors. To find out more about our company, please visit our home page and read on.

Cleaning Wood-burning Fireplaces vs. Gas Furnaces vs. Pellet Stoves

Each of the three above systems has its own pros and cons, and each one of them can make a wonderful addition to a home. Although different complications may arise with these systems, as long as the homeowner understands the risks and benefits of each, there is no reason for him or her to worry. Today, we’re going to talk about the issue of regular maintenance and cleaning when it comes to these three options.

Wood-burning fireplaces are by far the most difficult to clean. Due to the chemicals released during wood-burning, soot, creosote, and other dangerous materials can build up in wood-burning chimneys over time. Proper cleaning of these chimneys is important, and should be conducted regularly.

Gas furnaces are easier to clean. Maintenance of a gas furnace or fireplace insert can often be conducted by an informed homeowner with little professional assistance. However, the quality of the air ventilation should be inspected by professionals from time to time to ensure efficiency.

Pellet stoves are fairly simple to clean out routinely. However, the electronic circuitry and fan systems are a bit more delicate and complex. It is a good idea to have a professional take a look at your pellet stove system every once in a while to perform some basic maintenance on the more intricate bits.

Need Your Chimney Cleaned?

Every chimney and heating system is different in the level of maintenance it requires. But all heating systems should be inspected and maintained by professionals from time to time. If you want a trustworthy specialist to inspect or clean your heating system, get in touch with us today and schedule a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!

The Difference Between Stucco and Stone Chimney Repairs

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When it comes to repairs, installs, inspections, and cleanings, there is no better technician for your home chimney and fireplace than us at TOR Chimney. We are a local family business and have been the trusted Mercer County NJ chimney repair experts for over a decade. We take pride in the beautiful homes of our community.

A chimney can be made out of a variety of materials, and we have extensive experience servicing all types of chimney and fireplace systems. When it comes to questions of different materials and repairs, there is no more knowledgeable team to turn to than TOR Chimney. So let’s talk about stucco vs stone repairs.

Stucco vs Stone Repairs

Stucco is a modern, versatile material that is easier to apply and cheaper to install than professional stonework. However, cracks in stucco cannot typically be mended by filling in the gaps. Because these cracks are faults in the integrity of the material, all cracked and chipped material must be removed entirely before more stucco is applied. This slightly inflates the workload and cost of the typically easier and cheaper material.

Stonework, on the other hand, can often be patched with mortar. Depending on the size and severity of the repair, some stone may need to be replaced. The price and time length of the job varies a great deal because of this.

For either job, you should have a consultation with a professional to determine your exact needs. All homes and jobs are unique, so they should be assessed professionally before any decisions are made. It is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to the safety of your home.

For more info like this, please see our FAQ blog post on fireplace and chimney topics.

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If you need a repair of any severity, size, or material, please get in touch with us as soon as possible. We’d love to set up a consultation to assess the particular needs of your home and work toward getting your chimney to perfect condition.

FAQ About Chimney Sweeping and Cleaning

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Hello! We are TOR Chimney, the trusted, community-oriented Hunterdon County NJ chimney sweep. Chimney sweeping is an old profession. For the modern home owner, a lot of the details surrounding it can seem mysterious and daunting. Luckily, we are experts on all aspects of the chimney and fireplace life cycle, and we are here to help! We specialize in installations, cleanings, inspections, repairs, and other cosmetic and specialty jobs. Our family business has been a local staple for over 15 years, and it is our primary goal to provide our area with the highest quality of service at the most competitive prices.

One of the services we want to provide is the communication of accurate and current information to our neighborhood and customers. So, we have compiled some of the most frequently asked questions about chimney cleaning below! Read on for answers.

Chimney Cleaning FAQ

    • How often should I have my chimney cleaned?

Your chimney should be cleaned at least once a year to keep it in safe, working condition. If problems arise, or if you experience issues like soot accumulation or creosote buildup, it should be cleaned more frequently. For more information, see our blog post on chimney cleaning frequency.

    • Why does my chimney need to be cleaned?

A chimney that is not regularly cleaned will not only hike up your insurance premiums, it will also pose a real danger to your home and family. Toxic and flammable chemicals will build up and damage to your house’s structure may occur. See our blog on the importance of chimney cleaning for more info.

    • How long does a chimney cleaning take?

This answer will vary greatly from job to job, but an uneventful chimney cleaning without hiccups should take no more than an hour.

    • What goes into a chimney cleaning?

The short answer is drop cloths, a specialty vacuum, scrubbing, sweeping, and a quick inspection, but please see our blog post on the components of chimney cleaning for more details.

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Looking for more specific info? Want to talk about your home’s chimney needs? Or do you simply want to have your chimney cleaned by the pros? Contact us today and schedule a personal consultation for your own chimney. You won’t regret going with TOR!

What Are Some Common Chimney Repairs?

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TOR Chimney is a local business specializing in all aspects of the modern American fireplace and chimney. We are the Hunterdon County NJ chimney repair experts, devoted to the families of our neighborhood and the environmental health of our area. We believe that the customer should always have the final say when it comes to the home. We also pride ourselves on offering the highest level of service at fair and affordable pricing.

We have over a dozen years of experience performing everything from installations to inspections, so it’s fair to say that we have seen and completed every type of chimney job there is. Today, we’re going to talk about chimney repair tasks – specifically those that are most commonly seen in the industry.

Common Repairs

Here are some of the repairs we perform most often. They can serve as reminders of things to look out for if you’re concerned about the integrity of your chimney. Many of these issues can be easily fixed, but will lead to greater problems if left alone for too long.

  • Faults in the brickwork
  • A cracked or broken chimney crown
  • Missing or damaged chimney cap
  • Deteriorated flue liner

These issues have serious consequences that often require massive home repairs. Water damage, leaking, and the buildup of hazardous chemicals are among the dangers that can result from problems like these. If you think any of these common flaws is present in your home, get them fixed as soon as possible!

Consultation for Hunterdon County NJ Chimney Repair

Luckily for you, here at TOR Chimney & Fireplace, we specialize in these repairs. We also have a reputation in our community for performing them as quickly and cleanly as possible. Check out our repairs page to hear more about the kind of work we do!

If you have a problem like one of those listed above, or you only think you might… be safe! Contact us as soon as possible to set up a consultation.

Why Should You Leave Chimney Cleaning to the Pros?

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Who Are We?

We are TOR Chimney, a local family business dedicated to our community. Our robust team of multi-talented experts specialize in all sorts of fireplace- and chimney-related tasks, including installations, repairs, cleanings, inspections, and more. We have proudly served Hunterdon County and surrounding areas for 16 years and counting, and we are considered the trustworthy and skilled craftsmen of choice. When it comes to chimney cleaning, Hunterdon County NJ relies on our chimney cleaning professionals for their excellent service.

Today, we want to tell you about the potential dangers of taking  chimney cleaning into your own hands, and well as the benefits of hiring professionals for the job.

Chimney Cleaning: Homeowners vs. Professionals

When it comes to your annual chimney cleaning, it is never a good idea to take the pros out of the picture. Here is a short list of some of the consequences that could result from the lack of professional tools, work, and inspections.

  • Dangerous chemicals left in chimney
  • Faults in masonry remain unnoticed and left to worsen
  • Dust and soot kicked into the air
  • Home and environment become less safe over time

The work and inspections we perform require a high-tech video inspection system, trained eyes and hands, drop cloths, a HEPA vacuum, and sometimes a mechanical rotary system designed to whip glazed and accumulated chemicals from the chimney lining. For more information on the dangers of these chemicals, check out our blog post on the importance of chimney cleaning.

Reach Out to Us: Chimney Cleaning Hunterdon County NJ

Chimney cleaning is not as easy a task as it seems. A lot of special equipment and knowledge goes into every step. Keep your life simple, and keep your home safe. Leave chimney cleaning to the pros! If you are in need of an annual or off-cycle cleaning, contact us today to schedule your consultation.