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Why Choose Regency Brand Stoves?

By on July 4, 2016

There are so many pellet, gas, and wood stoves on the market these days that it makes shopping quite difficult! Here at Sweep-A-Chim we make it simple! We offer one premium brand to our customers. In fact, we have installed hundreds of stoves of various brands and Regency has met both our company standards, as well as our customers.

Quality Products

Regency stands by their products. They prove this by offering a generous warranty period and replacement parts for any known defects within this time period. Any stove can have problems just like anything in today’s world and any salesmen who denies this is just being a salesmen. The interesting fact is that we see less problems with this brand and that is what we like to see… Happy customers!! When problems do arise, Regency always carries replacement parts for their stoves which is great for those who expect to keep their stove for many years!

Variety

Regency offers a wide variety of stoves. Whether it be gas stoves, wood stoves, pellet stoves, or even prefab fireplaces, Regency carries it. It is important to find the product your looking for!

Regency Training

As stated above, any stove can have problems regardless of the brand. Therefore, its important to know your dealer/installer will be there and know how to repair anything when problems arise. That is why Sweep-A-Chim attends Regency Training every year to ensure we know the products inside and out. Literally, we get to take these bad boys apart and strip them to bare metal and then reassemble!

Customer Feedback

This is probably the most important reason for using Regency.Regency has been perfecting its products with feedback from customers like you. This is the most important step in product development phase and A LOT of stove companies have skipped this step. Regency on the other hand provides a product feedback section on their website and also accepts feedback from technicians such as ourselves.

It has been a great experience to see Regency’s product line develop over the years and to be apart of that is an even greater feeling. We really hope for you to become apart of this great family and help pave the path for more efficient heating!

There are so many pellet, gas, and wood stoves on the market these days that it makes shopping quite difficult! Here at Sweep-A-Chim we make it simple! We offer one premium brand to our customers. In fact, we have installed hundreds of stoves of various brands and Regency has met both our company standards, as […]

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Pellet Stove or Wood Stove… That is the question!

By on March 6, 2016

There is no right answer to this question. Each stove has its pros and cons which may or may not be important to you. We have put together a little list to kind of sum up the overall traits of this choice and hopefully will help you in deciding which is the right purchase for you!

First, lets start with the pros of the wood burning stove:

Pros:

  • Large BTU/heat output relative to wood burning stoves.
  • The amazing look of wood burning inside the stoves.
  • The fuel source, wood, can be obtain for free depending on your location.
  • The wood burning stove can still operate if the electricity goes out.
  • Catalytic stoves can help to prolong burn times within the wood stove.

Cons:

  • Wood may need to be seasoned for quite some time before use.
  • Wood piles can attract bugs and other critters depending on your location.
  • Wood storage can utilize more space.
  • Depending on the stove, it may require more babysitting to ensure the flame does not go out.

So as you can see the wood stoves are great in regards to their output but the negatives tend to be more oriented towards storing the wood. So if you have the capabilities to make these cons not so bad then a wood stove might just be right for you! Now on to the pellet stove:

Pros:

  • Units can range to as high as 75,000 BTUs which is close to the output of a wood stove.
  • Most pellet stoves have the ability to regulate the amount of heat output, either by changing the feed rate, air combustion, or other basic heat settings. This also helps to reduce the amount of babysitting relative to a wood burning stove.
  • Due to their construction they can be left on typically even if the house unoccupied.
  • The fuel source, pellets, can be stacked neatly in bags in various locations within the house. This makes storage much more convienant.
  • Depending on what time of the year the pellets are bought you can find some very good deals, typically late spring or early summer.

Cons:

  • Relative to the wood burning stove, the heat output may not be as high.
  • There tend to be more moving parts to a pellet stove and with anything these could malfunction over time.
  • Compared to a natural wood burning flame, the scenic view of a pellet stove may be less appealing to some.

Overall, both fuel types and stoves are amazing products. Each has its own pros and cons which makes the decision depend specific to the individual buying the stove. It is important to always consider your options before any purchase and this is for surely one of those situations. Here at Sweep-A-Chim we want to help you make the best decision that fits your needs!

There is no right answer to this question. Each stove has its pros and cons which may or may not be important to you. We have put together a little list to kind of sum up the overall traits of this choice and hopefully will help you in deciding which is the right purchase for […]

Snow Chimney Damage

Heavy Snow and Masonry Repairs

By on March 6, 2016

Over the years, we’ve figured out that heavy snow and masonry repairs go hand in hand. We don’t know about you, but we’re still digging out from that big snow. Did you know all of that heavy snow can cause your chimney to shift, and the freeze/thaw cycle can wreak havoc on your masonry and faux stone applications on your house, retaining walls, mailbox surrounds, etc.? Obviously, if you can see visible cracks in your chimney or at the base of your chimney, you should stop using your fireplace and call us immediately. We do chimney inspections year round, and we can make the determination of what steps need to be taken to repair your chimney. You may want to check with your insurance company to see if chimney repairs are covered by your homeowner’s policy. Call Sweep a Chim today at 410-838-8519 if you think you’re going to need masonry repairs to other areas of your property. We’ll either tell you over the phone or come out and give you recommendations for protecting your masonry from further damage until the weather warms up consistently enough where we can make repairs to the mortar. Mortar sets up best, providing optimum strength, when temperatures are above 40 degrees. Come on, spring!

Over the years, we’ve figured out that heavy snow and masonry repairs go hand in hand. We don’t know about you, but we’re still digging out from that big snow. Did you know all of that heavy snow can cause your chimney to shift, and the freeze/thaw cycle can wreak havoc on your masonry and […]

Wood Burning Safety Tips

By on February 11, 2016

As the weather gets cooler, more and more of us are making use of our wood burning fireplaces and wood burning stoves. Perhaps the most important thing to consider is when was the last time you had a chimney sweep come out to the house to clean and perform a chimney inspection. You should get a chimney inspection annually, and your chimney cleaned as necessary by a trained and qualified technician. Both of these services can protect you and your family from a fire or carbon monoxide poisoning. There are several other safety tips to consider when using your fireplace or wood stove:

  1. Keep the chimney clear.Keep tree branches and leaves at least 15 feet away from the top of your chimney.Install a chimney cap. This will keep debris and animals/birds out of the chimney.Choose the right fuel.Choose well-seasoned firewood that has been split for a minimum of six months – one year and stored in a covered and elevated location. Never burn Christmas trees or treated wood in your fireplace or wood stove. Dry evergreen branches literally explode when they catch fire, and burning the tree could lead to a buildup of creosote. Build it right. Place firewood or fire logs at the back of the fireplace on a supporting grate. To start the fire, use kindling or a commercial fire lighter. Never use flammable liquids. Use a fireplace screen. Use metal mesh or a screen in front of the fireplace to catch flying sparks that could ignite or burn holes in the carpet or flooring. A screen with doors is especially handy.
  2. Keep the hearth area clear.Combustible material such as presents, blankets, stuffed animals, etc can easily catch fire if left too close to the fireplace or wood stove. Keep furniture at least 36” away from the hearth.Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.Place detectors throughout your house and check the batteries in the spring and fall. A good rule of thumb is, when you change your clocks for Daylight Savings Time, remember to check your batteries.Never leave a fire unattended.  Supervise children and pets closely around wood stoves and fireplaces. Before turning in for the night, be sure that the fire is fully extinguished.
  3. By following these safety tips, you can protect your family and your home from fire.

If you need to hire a chimney sweep or need a chimney inspection, call Sweep A Chim today at 410-838-8519. We’re certified through the Chimney Safety Institute of America, and licensed with the state of Maryland, MHIC #37037.

As the weather gets cooler, more and more of us are making use of our wood burning fireplaces and wood burning stoves. Perhaps the most important thing to consider is when was the last time you had a chimney sweep come out to the house to clean and perform a chimney inspection. You should get […]

Chimney Sweep

How to Hire a Chimney Sweep

By on February 11, 2016

You should consider hiring a chimney sweep if you can’t remember the last time your chimney was cleaned, or if you just bought a home with a fireplace. A chimney sweep will remove soot, blockages and built-up creosote from your chimney liner, firebox, smoke chamber and damper. It only takes only a small accumulation of creosote glazing to create the potential for a chimney fire. Creosote is a highly flammable substance that builds up inside your chimney or liner as a result of burning wood. You should also schedule a yearly chimney inspection to check for cracks, crumbling, proper venting and more. If your chimney needs cleaning at that time, your chimney sweep will tell you. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends you ask several questions when you’re thinking about hiring a chimney sweep for cleaning or a chimney inspection. Because proper care and maintenance can help prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning, it’s important to choose the professional wisely. While the CSIA recommends that people consider a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep®, there are additional questions that you should ask to make sure you hire a knowledgeable service technician:

  1.  How long has the chimney sweeping company been in business?
  2.  Can I get current references?
  3.  Does the company have unresolved complaints filed within the city or state consumer protection agency or Better Business Bureau?
  4.  Is the chimney sweep licensed?
  5.  Does the company or individual carry business liability insurance and workmen’s compensation insurance to protect you and your home against accidents?
  6.  Does the company ensure that a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep will be on the job site?
  7.  How much do they charge and why?

After getting answers to these questions, you should be able to determine who you’d like to work with. After an initial cleaning and inspection, most chimney sweeping companies will offer to set up a yearly maintenance contract. This will help ensure that you keep your home and family safe. If you need to hire a chimney sweep or need a chimney inspection, call Sweep A Chim today at 410-838-8519. We’re certified through the Chimney Safety Institute of America, and licensed with the state of Maryland, MHIC #37037.

You should consider hiring a chimney sweep if you can’t remember the last time your chimney was cleaned, or if you just bought a home with a fireplace. A chimney sweep will remove soot, blockages and built-up creosote from your chimney liner, firebox, smoke chamber and damper. It only takes only a small accumulation of […]