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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Chimney Swifts Do Not Harm Your Chimney!
Over the past few weeks we have received dozens of calls from homeowners concerned that loud birds have taken up residency in their chimneys. What they don't realize is the Chimney Swifts (Chaetura Pelagica) have actually been nesting in the flue since late March. They just hear the birds now because the nestlings (babys) have become old enough to make an audible 'buzzing' noise during feeding that is amplified by the configuration of the chimney flue. While the Swifts can be a little disruptive, they do the chimney no harm. These birds are protected by law under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and as such should be left alone for the duration of the nesting season. Please be sure that your damper is closed to keep them from unintentionally getting into the house. Usually in mid to late August they abandon the nest (and your chimney) to embark on their amazing annual migration down to the Amazon Basin - mostly in and around Eastern Peru. Once they have vacated the chimney on their own, we'll be happy to come install a cap or screening to keep them out next spring. You may choose to continue to host these little birds if you don't mind the noise though, as one family (two adults & 4-6 fledglings) consume thousands of flying insects each day, and don't harm your chimney in any way! To read more about these busy little birds, go to ChimneySwifts.org  Happy reading!
5:15 am edt 

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Check Us Out On CBS Radio

This is the time of year when the better quality news outlets cover fire safety in the home. This past week Fran Schneidau called me with lots of questions for CBS Radio in New York. She seemed genuinely interested in promoting fire safety and getting the message out.

              CBS News - Frireplace Safety 

  Thanks Fran, and WCBS for taking this important subject to the people!

11:25 pm est 

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Choosing Your Fire Wood & Seasoning It Well...
People ask me all the time "Dave, what's the best kind of wood to burn?" & I tell them its simple - hard woods that are well seasoned will give you the most heat while producing the least amount of soot and creosote in the flue. Oak, Ash, Maple & Beech are some of the best. Pine, Cedar, and other "soft" woods are about the worst. An easy way to tell whether a split piece of fire wood is hard or soft is to just hold it in your hand. Maple has more than twice the density of White Pine so it feels much heavier to hold. Seasoning wood, by letting it dry for 6 months to year after cutting and splitting it, will also make a big difference in how much heat the wood delivers pound for pound. Green (unseasoned) wood results in a cooler, smokier fire, and the steam created by the water (literally) boiling out of the wood creates a lot more soot and creosote up in the flue. Well seasoned wood will usually have many cracks on each end that form as the moisture evaporates. One last thought - be sure not to burn rotten wood in your fireplace or woodstove. Wood (hard or soft) that has been stored out in the weather for too many years, will become water logged and unusable. Always be sure to have your fireplace screen in place during the fire, Happy Burning!
4:36 am edt 

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Does Your Fireplace Smell Like A Campfire In The Summer months?
During the warm & humid summer months, some fireplaces will emit an odor that can make the whole house smell like there's a campfire burning - even though you may not have had a fire in your fireplace for weeks or even months! This is usually caused by soot and creosote that has accumulated up inside your chimney flue, combining with humid air being drawn down the flue (often made worse when Central air conditioning is in use.

The solution?
Clean your chimney! By removing most of the soot that's in the flue, a thorough chimney cleaning dramatically reduces the most active ingredient in the soot/humidity combination. While it is impossible to remove every bit of soot in the flue, we can usually get enough out where the smell is significantly reduced or eliminated altogether. Not only will you have a less smelly flue, it will also be a safer chimney next fall when you begin to burn wood again.

If your house smells like a campfire give us a call, we'll gladly come over and check the flue for soot and creosote deposits. We can also make sure your damper is closing properly. This type of check-up is free, and should be done every year or two anyway.
3:22 am edt 

Monday, February 15, 2010

Beware of Chimney Sweep Telemarketers
Well the thieves & bandits are at it again. I went to inspect a chimney on Maple Ave North in Westport today. The homeowner had recently hired a 'chimney sweep' from Long Island to clean her fireplace flue at a deeply discounted price. She was left uneasy by his super fast cleaning job and hard sell of additional repair services. Sure enough, her instincts were right. When I got there I found the fireplace flue was loaded with dangerous creosote deposits - it had barely been brushed out at all! Please beware of this scam. If a company calls to say they will be in the neighborhood and can clean your chimney for a low price, don't be fooled! If a company tells you repair work is required you should get at least one more opinion/quote. This is about more than being ripped off financially - it's about fire hazards and the safety of your family!
11:10 pm est 

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August West Chimney, LLC 
 Family owned and operated since 1973!
If your chimney is in:
 Westport, Weston, Fairfield, Redding, Easton or Greenwich CT,
Please call us in Weston at
(203) 226-0416
(Please note, these are the only 6 towns we serve)

If your house is in Wilton, Ridgefield, Norwalk, Darien, Stamford, or New Canaan, please call our Wilton affiliate at
(203) 762-7374

        Our Services Include: 

  • Fireplace Flue Cleanings 
  • Boiler and Furnace Flue Cleanings 
  • Woodstove Flue Cleanings (only certain types of installations) 
  • Chimney Safety Evaluations 
  • Damper and Cap Repairs / Replacements 
  • Diagnosis and Repair of Smokey/Smelly Chimneys
  • Flue Liners Restored/Replaced
  • Waterproofing of Exterior Bricks and Chimney Crowns 
  • Good, Sound Advice based on common sense and extensive experience 
We provide FREE ESTIMATES...give us a call or fill out the form on the Request an Estimate page.

As bricks age, they become more porous...
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We can protect these aging bricks from the ravages of moisture!



Antique Dodge Power Wagon
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This was originally a US Millitary ambulance in Vietnam
Fireplace at Wier Farm National Park
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(Click to enlarge.)

Hellen Keller's Chimney in Easton
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Apparently, Ms. Keller loved to enjoy her fireplace!

Peg Board Counter (Hand carved)
Helen Keller Log Counter
To help Ms. Keller keep track of logs fed into fire??
We care for many historically significant chimneys in our area.
You can trust us with yours too!