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Understanding Fire Burning Appliances

About Safety

What to Look For

HPBA Fact Sheets (PDFs)

About Wood

About Insurance

Bee Removal

Rebates & Discounts

Returns & Warranty

 

 

 

Understanding Fire Burning Appliances

Anatomy of your Fireplace 
How your Chimney Really Works
About Chimney Liners
Care of Factory Built Fireplaces
Chimney Inspections Explained
Gas Fireplaces
Gas Logs
Gas Appliance & Masonry Chimneys
Masonry chimneys

 



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About Safety

US Fire Administration
Environmental Protection Agency - Burn Wise
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Facts about Chimney Fires
Smoke Alarms 
Gel Fuel Safety
Heating Safety

Consumer Information

Putting out a Chimney Fire




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What to Look For

For immediate emergencies like seeing fire or heavy smoke or smelling a strong gas odor call your Fire Department or call 911.

There is no substitute for a trained eye to inspect your chimney and appliances every year. However, if you see any of the following problems, seek professional help as soon as possible to avoid injury, damage and to minimize costly repair. We do not recommend climbing onto your roof for DIY inspections.

Interior

Damp patches on interior walls
Peeling wallpaper or blistered paint around the chimney
Stains on the ceiling around the chimney
Eroded mortar joints or crumbling bricks
Burn spots on gas logs
Black coloration inside the firebox
Smoke discoloration around inserts
Hear movement or sounds of an animal in the chimney

Exterior

Burnt or melted roof shingles
Damp patches
White stains(efflorescence) on the masonry chimney
Cracks, holes or eroded mortar joints
Crumbling Bricks
Crooked, unlevel or leaning chimneys



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HPBA Fact Sheets (PDFs)

  • Green Heat-Tips for Eco-Conscious Consumers
  • Creating an Outdoor Room
  • Electric Fireplaces
  • EPA-Certified Wood Burning
  • Fireplace Accessories
  • Fireplace Inserts
  • Fireplace Safety
  • Gas Fireplaces
  • Gas Logs
  • Gas Stoves
  • Hearth Product Fuels
  • How To Buy A Hearth Product
  • Responsible Wood Burning
  • Wood Burning Fireplaces
  • Wood Stoves
  • Zone Heating
  • Wood Burning Frequently Asked Questions
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    Wood Questions

    Firewood.com - answers to common questions about wood, for example ...

    Can I visibly tell if the wood is ready to be burned and not green?
    How can I keep my chimney working well?
    How do I keep smoke out of my house?
    How long should "green" wood sit before it's ready to be burned?
    How should I store my firewood?
    Is it better to burn hard or soft wood?
    Should I split unsplit wood?
    What about bugs in the wood, how should I store it?
    What are the key factors to consider with firewood?
    What is the best way to build a fire in a fireplace?
    What's a cord?
    What is the difference between burning hardwood and softwood?
    Why not just cut the firewood myself?



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    About Insurance

    Answers.com - questions and answers
    ehow.com - article

     

     

    Bee Removal

    Bee informed that bee removal is not as simple as spraying insecticide. Consult a professional.

    - Illinois
    - Missouri



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    Rebates & Discounts

    The Illinois Propane Gas Association is offering a $250 rebate on Direct Vent Fireplaces.




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