Category: chimney

What is Tuckpointing?

What is Tuckpointing?

If the three little pigs taught us anything, it’s that brick is definitely stronger than hay or sticks. But that doesn’t mean brick structures are impervious to damage. When you find the mortar in between your bricks needs to be replaced, you’ll likely need to repair the wall with a masonry technique called “tuckpointing.”

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Do I Need a Chimney Cap?

Do I Need a Chimney Cap?

Most homeowners love their fireplace. It serves as a nice, warm spot to read on rainy nights or the place where the family gathers on those cold holiday mornings. And while people know the big picture requirements for owning and maintaining a chimney (like annual inspections and sweepings), they often forget to think about the […]

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Why Can’t I Clean My Chimney Myself?

Why Can’t I Clean My Chimney Myself?

Old jeans? Check. Long broom? Check. That ugly shirt your mother-in-law gave you for your last birthday? Check. So you’re all set to clean out that chimney before winter, right?  Maybe not so fast.

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Do I Still Need to Get My Chimney Checked If It’s Heated With Gas?

Do I Still Need to Get My Chimney Checked If It’s Heated With Gas?

Summer is over, the kids are back in school, and Starbucks is bringing back their seasonal pumpkin spice lattes, which can only mean one thing: winter is fast approaching. And as you’re watching your neighbors spend their weekends chopping firewood to get ready for the cold, you can’t help but be grateful that you don’t […]

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What is the Difference Between a Chimney, Flue and Vent?

What is the Difference Between a Chimney, Flue and Vent?

Although chimneys may appear to be fairly simple structures, their makeup is actually much more complicated than most homeowners may realize. Your chimney may seem like it’s just the “cherry on top” for your roofline, but it serves a much greater purpose. You’ll find that chimneys come in all different shapes and sizes. The average […]

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Does Burning Aluminum Cans Clean Your Chimney?

Does Burning Aluminum Cans Clean Your Chimney?

If your home has a wood-burning fireplace, creosote will inevitably build up. Chimney & Masonry Outfitters has provided trusted, reliable chimney cleaning service to homeowners in Nashville, TN and across the U.S. since 2011.  Our customers trust us to educate, empower, and equip them with the tools they need to improve the value of their […]

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Do Stainless Steel Chimney Liners Need Cleaned?

Do Stainless Steel Chimney Liners Need Cleaned?

If you use your chimney often, you need to clean it frequently even if you have a chimney liner. The chimney liner is one of the most essential parts of your chimney. When you don’t clean it, soot, dust and dirt will accumulate, which can cause multiple problems. Although the chimney liner can provide your […]

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What to Consider Before Completing a Chimney Rebuild

What to Consider Before Completing a Chimney Rebuild

Your chimney is one of the most vulnerable parts of your Nashville home. The siding, brick, and all of the other components of the exterior are protected by the eaves and roofline, while the chimney alone protrudes above the roof and is exposed to every kind of weather—rain and snow, freezing and thawing, and even […]

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How to Inspect a Fireplace Chimney

How to Inspect a Fireplace Chimney

Inspecting and cleaning a fireplace chimney is a dirty job, but is also vital to its lifetime and longevity as a functional piece of your home. The Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends that chimneys and fireplaces should be cleaned an an annual basis. Whether you choose to DIY-it, or hire a professional certified chimney […]

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How to Maintain Your Chimney in Winter: Part 2

How to Maintain Your Chimney in Winter: Part 2

As we discussed in How to Maintain Your Chimney in Winter: Part 1, Chimney maintenance is extra important in these colder months. Extra steps have to be taken to ensure that masonry work doesn’t set too slow, leaving you with a leaning chimney because the mortar took longer than usual to dry. In this post, […]

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