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How To Choose The Proper Firewood

A crackling fire on a cool fall or winter evening sets a beautiful aesthetic in any home. Once a fire gets going, it seems to draw family members together in a hurry, as everyone gathers around and takes advantage of the warm and cozy atmosphere the wood-burning unit has created.Stack of properly dried and seasoned firewood

That is, unless the firewood is creating some unpleasant effects. Using unseasoned firewood can trigger lots of issues like excess smoke, less heat, and more creosote accumulation (which can then trigger unpleasant odors and structural issues). All in all, it’s well worth it to either season your own wood pile or take the time necessary to examine the wood you purchase, ensuring it’s adequately dried out and ready to burn.

Why do issues occur with unseasoned wood? Well, the fresher the log is, the more water it will contain, meaning your fire has to put in a lot of extra work and energy to burn out all that extra moisture. This takes time and it causes a lot of acidic water to be sent through your chimney, which isn’t good for your chimney’s health

Along with this, burning wood with lots of moisture also makes your fireplace experience less than ideal. Learn more about how to differentiate between seasoned and unseasoned wood by reading below, or you can feel free to contact our staff here at Lords Chimney with any questions. We’re always happy to help you create a more enjoyable burning season!

Seasoned Vs. Unseasoned Wood

If you’re purchasing wood to burn, there are a few key characteristics to note before making any final decisions. First off, check the length of the wood. If it’s cut short, that’s a good sign that the person seasoning it knew what they were doing. The less mass, the less water there is, ensuring it drys out faster. Splitting the ends also speeds up this process, so look for that, too.

Noting the color and weight of the wood is a wise step, too. Fresh wood is still vibrant-looking and has a pleasant aroma. Wood that has been sitting for some time is typically faded and darker in color. Also, when you lift it will feel lighter in weight, since most of the water is evaporated. Try hitting two pieces together. If they sound hollow, they’ve been seasoned. If they make a duller, thud-like noise, they likely need more time on the wood pile.

Storing Your Own?

Obviously, the most surefire way to get exactly what you want from the wood you burn is to season your own. Store it in a place that is open, yet protected, such as a wood shed with open sides and a sturdy roof, and let it sit for at least six months before putting it to use. Ensure the pieces are cut short and split on the ends to get things moving faster.

Call On Us For All Of Your Fireplace Maintenance

If your wood pile is ready to go, and you’re ready to put your system to use, call us in for your annual inspection. Our team is CSIA certified and ready to serve, guaranteeing you a safer and better functioning system every single year. There’s no time to lose – call today!

Now Is The Time To Schedule Your Annual Chimney Appointment

Don’t have that chimney inspection on your calendar yet? Call the experts at Lords Chimney right away! Inspections play a vital role in ensuring your fireplace stays in great condition and safer for use all year long. We want your system to be ready to go when the holidays come around – give us a call now!

You Deserve Convenience

Managing a household (no matter your family size) can be a stressful job! It seems like there are always things going on and, with the holidays coming soon, life is only going to get more hectic. Amidst it all, we know it can be a challenge to fit in your yearly chimney inspection.

That’s why we urge you to schedule now! We want to make this process as easy and stress-free as possible and, by getting in early, you save yourself the hassle of finding a slot during our fall rush. Get the appointment time that works best for you by giving us a call right away!

Get That Fireplace Running

When the time comes for holiday get together’s and family gatherings, you want your fireplace to be ready to go! By getting your maintenance done now, you know everything will be all set when you go to light that first fire. We would hate to see you call to make an appointment, only to discover the next available slot is after your big party or event. In addition, running a fireplace that hasn’t been thoroughly checked over is never a safe option!

Ensure that your guests, friends, and family stay as safe and comfortable as possible by getting your inspection in now. There’d be nothing worse than firing things up only to face smoke back-up or nasty odors. That would definitely put a damper on things fast! Not to mention, built up creosote can be extremely flammable. Play it safe – give us a call right away!

What To Expect

When it comes to providing you with quality service, the staff at Lords Chimney goes above and beyond. We implement all of the proper footwear and coverings, so that your home stays clean and damage-free throughout our entire inspection process. We will use top of the line equipment to search every nook and cranny and, should you need a cleaning, we’ll get that covered, too!

And don’t worry about a mess. We’ll clean up everything, so your home will look just as good as it did before our arrival. For customer service that can’t be beat, you can count on us!

Also, should we note any necessary repairs, we will offer sound advice as far as proceeding forward. With our long list of tools and services, we are certain we can assist you no matter what, and we will be happy to get your next appointment scheduled right away. Give us a call now!

All About Houston

At Lords Chimney Services, we pride ourselves on providing our customers in the Houston area with outstanding chimney and fireplace services. Over the past decade, we have helped our friends and neighbors in Houston make their homes more healthy and safe through fireplace maintenance. Likewise, because we are a local company we understand the unique maintenance issues that are often seen in our area.

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About Houston

We are proud to say that we love the city of Houston! A bustling – and growing – metropolis that is home to a diverse international community, Houston is the largest city in the state as well as the fourth largest city in the nation. The city is recognized as a worldwide leader in the energy industry in both oil and natural gas, and is also the proud home of Johnson Space Center.

Apart from the bustling economy, Houston has plenty to offer both residents and visitors alike. The Houston Theater District is home to six performance halls and nine arts organizations, including permanent opera, ballet, music, and theater companies. The city has a professional team in every league except for the NHL, including the Houston Astros, Texans, Dynamos, and Rockets. In addition, several college and universities such as the University of Houston and Rice University add to the city’s vibrant culture.

About Lords Chimney

Over the last decade, we have proudly built and grown our business in Houston. We offer our customers a number of high quality fireplace, chimney, and dryer vent services and are proud to work in the same neighborhoods and areas that we live.

We provide our customers with a wide range of chimney and fireplace services; we can service and repair everything from the bottom of the firebox to the top of the flue. This includes the sales and installation of a number of high quality fireplace inserts and accessories. In addition, we also clean and install dryer vents.

Why choose us

At Lords Chimney, we are dedicated to providing our friends and neighbors in the Houston area with quality, mess-free services for their chimneys, fireplaces, and dryer vents. There are a number of things that set us apart from our competitors:

  • Our certifications: All of our fireplace and chimney services are performed by Chimney Safety Institute of America certified chimney sweeps. With a CSIA certified sweep, you can rest assured that you are getting a highly trained and qualified professional. This also means that our technicians are more than able to uncover the most common causes for chimney issues and answer any questions you may have.
  • Our professionalism: We go above and beyond to treat your home with care and respect. This includes placing protective tarps and wearing protective footwear to keep your home clean. Likewise, Lords Chimney is also fully insured – including auto insurance – on the off chance that anything should happen on the job.
  • Our integrity: We have made a promise to be upfront and honest with all of our clients. For our customers, this means never doing any work without prior approval and providing you with an accurate estimate beforehand.

If you live in the Houston area, look no further Lords Chimney for all your chimney, fireplace, and dryer vent needs. We love this city and are proud to play a small role in keeping its residents safe. Contact us today to for all of your chimney and heating appliance needs!

We Fix Fireplaces!

Chimney sweepings and inspections are an important part of chimney maintenance. However, they are just one of the many services we can offer our customers!

Many of our customers are surprised to find that, after discovering an issue during an inspection, we can repair the damage we discovered. We can offer our customers much more than just cleanings. Our wide range of chimney, masonry, and vent services allows us to better serve our customers and meet all of their chimney and fireplace needs.

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Fireplace rebuilding and restoration

If your fireplace or chimney is worn down after years of use, we can help restore it to its former glory. Our fireplace restoration services can fix every part of your chimney, from the chimney cap at the top all the way to the firebox at the bottom.

We offer a wide variety of masonry services including tuckpointing, crown rebuilding and repair, and firebox rebuilding and repair. Our highly skilled masons will get the job done with high levels of service and craftsmanship, creating a repair that will last for years to come.

Prefabricated fireplaces and chimneys

In addition to our range of repairs for masonry chimneys, we also repair prefabricated chimneys and fireplaces. Our staff can help ensure that your prefabricated fireplace maintains Underwriter’s Laboratory tested parts so that it can maintain its UL safety listing.

Animal entry

When animals find a way into a chimney, it can be extremely frustrating for the homeowners and potentially deadly for the animals themselves. At Lord’s Chimney, we are experts at safely removing animals along with their nesting materials. We can also prevent the animals from coming back by repairing or replacing a faulty chimney cap, which is most often the site of animal entry.

Gas fireplaces and inserts

For homeowners looking to make the transition from wood to gas as their fuel source, we sell and install a wide variety of high quality gas inserts and logs. Gas fireplaces offer homeowners the look and feel of a wood burning fire with the added convenience of being able to start a fire with the push of a button.

Dryer services

In addition to our chimney services, we can also clean and install dryer vents. Even if you regularly clean your lint trap, lint can still accumulate in your dryer vents and hoses over time. This lint is extremely flammable and can be accidentally ignited by the heat from your dryer. Clogged dryer vents cause thousands of house fires each year, leading to millions of dollars in property damage.

Having your dryer vents cleaned is the best way to prevent these kinds of house fires from starting. Clean dryer vents can also help your dryer run more efficiently, wasting less energy and resulting in dryer clothes after each load. In addition to cleaning dryer vents, we are also experts at dryer vent installation and rerouting.

We can do it all!

At Lord’s Chimney, we have been proudly providing the greater Houston area with chimney, fireplace, masonry, and vent services for the past decade. If you are experiencing chimney issues, rest assured that the same company you trust to clean your chimney can also repair it. Contact us today and let us tell you all the ways we can fix your fireplace!

Getting a Head Start on Chimney Service

If you have a chimney, you should have it inspected and cleaned annually in order to prevent fires and make sure it is running efficiently. When your chimney is not cleaned, a highly flammable substance called creosote builds up. Creosote can cause chimney fires and block ventilation, allowing hazardous toxins to enter your home. The professionals at Lords Chimney can inspect and clean your chimney to ensure safety and efficient fires for your home.

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Lords Chimney, like any chimney servicing company, is very busy between September and March, especially in the winter months. Therefore, the best thing to do is to get a head start on chimney service before it gets cold and service appointments get backed up. You can do this by scheduling an appointment during Lords Chimney’s  less busy months between April and August. Not only will you better be able to get an appointment that fits your schedule, but you will be ready for winter when it hits.

When a professional from Lords Chimney arrives, he or she will be checking to make sure your appliance is properly installed, your appliance and flue are compatible, there are no missing components of your chimney, you are using a fuel compatible with your chimney, you don’t have creosote build up, you do not have water damage, and that there are no blockages in your flue. The technician will also write you a report explain the chimney’s condition and will inform you of any potential problems you should be aware of and have fixed.

The technician from Lords Chimney will start the inspection by first looking at the inside of your chimney. He or she will then go on your roof and inspect that portion of your chimney. Next, the technician will cover your floor for protection before using video equipment to take a closer look at your flue, helping to determine whether your flue needs a cleaning and whether it has cracks. He or she will then clean the flue and chimney if needed. You will then receive the written report and the technician will clean up.

Lords Chimney also provides three levels of chimney inspections. The first level is a visual examination to search for deterioration and structural soundness as well as to check for other problems noticeable to a well trained eye. The second level uses a camera to get a more detailed look at your chimney and any problems it might have. A second level inspection should be performed after a fire or natural disaster, before ownership of a property is changed, and before you make changes to your heating system. The third level of inspection is rarely used, as it is only needed when a problem is found in a level one or two inspection that cannot be easily solved. A third level inspection requires portions of the chimney to be removed to check concealed areas of the chimney.

Call Lords Chimney as soon as possible to prepare for winter and guarantee yourself a clean and safe chimney!