Fuel oil and natural gas prices have soared and with them so has the popularity of alternative fuels. Wood stove, pellet stove and fireplace use are all on the rise, and with each of these comes a hidden danger that every dedicated "wood burner" needs to keep in mind...burning wood creates creosote and if left untreated it can cause fires.

If you are like most home owners, you've probably never paid much attention to your chimney crown. A chimney crown serves as a protective covering for the chimney against harsh weather. The crown serves an important role in protecting the chimney, but most people don't realize that the crown also needs to be protected. When left unprotected, a chimney crown will eventually crack and deteriorate.

If you are like most homeowners, your chimney is not something you think about until you have a problem. Because chimneys project above the roof line, they are exposed to more severe weather than any other part of your home. Spending a little time to protect your chimney now may save you thousands of dollars down the road after more serious damage occurs.

FamilyHandyman.com recently featured a how-to article on maintaining your chimney. It shows how to repair your chimney crown and waterproof your chimney. DIY chimney repair can be accomplished in 4 easy steps. Download the full pdf article here. (Reprinted with permission)

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