Chimney Mechanix Owner Interviewed by Green Bay Press Gazette

Chimney Mechanix Owner Interviewed by Green Bay Press Gazette

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[caption id="attachment_118" align="alignright" width="214"] Owner, Jasper Drengler[/caption] "Jasper Drengler, owner of Chimney Mechanix in Shawano, said a good rule of thumb is that a chimney needs cleaning if it is coated with more than an eighth of an inch of a creosote. One thing that causes thick creosote build-up is burning wet wood.... Owners of gas fire places are not out of the woods, though. Drengler said the most common misconception about gas fireplaces is that they do not produce creosote. "Over time, gas fireplaces can produce a beautiful yellow flame," Drengler said. "But this yellow flame is not efficient and burns dirtier than a blue flame." Animal nesting poses another hazard. It is not only flammable, but it also prevents smoke from  escaping from the top of the chimney..... Drengler, who is also vice president of the…
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Safe Home

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Caring for Your Chimneys & Flues When gas and oil burn in vented heating systems – in order to produce household heat – the dangerous fumes that are by-products of combustion range from soot (particulate matter) to nitrogen dioxide (also toxic) to acidic water vapors formed when moisture condenses. None of these pollutants should be allowed to leak from the chimney into your living space. In addition to carrying off toxic gases, chimneys also create the draft (flow of air) that provides the proper air and fuel mixture for efficient operation of the heating appliance – whether a furnace or boiler. Unfortunately, many chimneys in daily use in homes throughout the country either are improperly sized or have conditions that make them unable to perform their intended function. Chimney Problems…
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How often should I have my chimney swept?

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This a tougher question than it sounds. The simple answer is: The National Fire Protection Association Standard 211 says, "Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances. Cleaning, maintenance, and repairs shall be done if necessary." This is the national safety standard and is the correct way to approach the problem. It takes into account the fact that even if you don't use your chimney much, animals may build nests in the flue or there may be other types of deterioration that could make the chimney unsafe to use. The Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends that open masonry fireplaces should be swept at 1/8" of sooty buildup, and sooner if there is any glaze present in the system. …
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