Angie's LIST Guide to
Chimneys & Fireplaces

A homeowner's guide to chimneys, fireplaces and wood-burning stoves, with advice on chimney cleaning, fire safety and how to avoid common chimney repair scams.

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Chimney Repair Quick Tips

Don't fall for con men posing as chimney experts. Ask for photographic proof of alleged flaws found in the inspection, and get more than one estimate before committing to a costly repair.

Read more about chimney scams

 

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Two rebuilt chimneys rise above the home of Angie's List member Max Brown, New York. (Photo submitted by Max Brown).

 
 
 
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Chimneys

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Chimneys should be cleaned and inspected every two years to reduce fire risk.
Chimneys should be cleaned and inspected every two years to reduce fire risk.
Fireplaces

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An open fireplace can suck warm air up the chimney.  Keep the flue closed when not in use.
An open fireplace can suck warm air up the chimney. Keep the flue closed when not in use.
Wood-burning stoves & fireplace inserts

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A wood-burning stove is much more efficient than an open fireplace.
A wood-burning stove is much more efficient than an open fireplace.