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Dazzle Your Friends This Winter With American Fire Glass

Are you looking for a way to change up your fireplace decor, without investing in a remodel or reconstruction job? Well, Weststar Chimney Sweeps believes we have found a great product for you! Consider purchasing American Fire Glass to amp up the look and ambiance of your fireplace this holiday season. Guests, friends, neighbors, and family members will rave about your great taste in home decor. Plus, we know you’ll enjoy this new addition all season long.

Learn more about American Fire Glass below!

What Is It?American Fire Glass Image - San Diego CA - Weststar Chimney Sweeps (2)

For those who have never heard of it, American Fire Glass is a unique way to enhance the look of your fireplace, without going for the same-old decor options (such as gas logs). Go a new direction, and add some shimmer with these colored glass pieces! They add a shine that you simply won’t find anywhere else, and your home will experience a new look and feel that people will love.

Where Can I Use It?

There are multiple options when it comes to where you can put this fantastic, top-of-the-line product. It can be used on natural gas or propane fireplaces or inserts. In addition, they can also be used both indoors and outdoors. You’ll be able to find a perfect fit for any location, as there are multiple design options and colors to choose from. Just find what speaks to you, and we can set you up right!

How Many Styles Are There?

Almost too many to choose from! View our catalog now to see all of your options. There is a wide range of sizes, shapes, and colors, so you are sure to find exactly what you are looking for – no matter what! Mix and match or stick with one solid design and color. You can go red and green for Christmas, orange for Halloween, or pick your favorite color and enjoy the view night after night. Your possibilities are endless, and there’s no way you won’t love the end result!

Will It Last?

We stand by American Fire Glass. So, you can trust us when we say that this is an investment that will stand the test of time! These glass pieces are built to withstand the heat of a fire and are designed specifically for use in your fireplace. You can rest easy knowing it’s well worth any money spent. American Fire Glass even offers a lifetime guarantee, so you really don’t have anything to lose!

Contact Us Today!

If you’re ready to try something new, give us a call right away, and we can set you up right before the holidays officially kick off. Our CSIA certified staff is happy to answer any questions, and we offer all types of chimney and fireplace services. Rest assured you’ll get exactly what you need. Check us out online, then call right away. We can’t wait to hear from you soon!

By Mike O'Mara on November 20th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Don’t Let A Smoky Chimney Ruin Your Holiday Season

Do you plan on hosting any parties or events this holiday season? If so. then you can count on your fireplace to set the perfect aesthetic for you. A crackling fire lightens up any room, adds a cozy atmosphere, and helps set that festive mood that every homeowner desires. That being said, a fun-filled night in can easily turn bad when smoke starting pouring into your living room.

Smoky Chimney Ruin Your Holiday Image - San Diego CA - Weststar Chimney SweepsAvoid this issue by studying some of our tips below! We’ll discuss what causes smoke to back-up and educate you on how to prevent it from happening to you.

Is Your Damper Working?

First things first, if you notice smoke backing up, check your damper. Sometimes homeowners simply forget to open it, but other times it’s stuck or broken. A fireplace can’t run without a properly working damper, so count on us to make sure yours is good to go! We’ll do a thorough inspection and take the appropriate steps to resolve any issues you may be facing.

Need your current damper replaced? No problem! We can take care of that, too. Give us a call and we will set up with an appointment.

Is Your Firewood Properly Seasoned?

Ensuring your firewood has been seasoned for at least 6 months (preferably longer) can make a huge impact on how much, or how little, your fireplace smokes. Wood that isn’t properly seasoned will hold more water, forcing your fire to use up a lot of energy burning through all the excess moisture. This causes smoke to form. Unfortunately, these fumes can easily enter your home and, when they don’t, they cause creosote and other harmful buildup to form in your chimney.

Unfortunately, when creosote accumulates, this too can cause smoke to form! It’s a vicious cycle, so choosing seasoned wood from the start is your best bet. Pick out pieces that are lighter in weight, dark and split at the ends, and that make a hollow sound when smacked together. All of these signs indicate it has been properly dried out, and your fire will smoke significantly less.

Is Your Flue In Need Of Repair?

If your flue needs some tuning up, you may experience drafting and smoking issues, too. Call us in for any and all of your chimney repairs. It’s always best to address these sooner, rather than later, and you can count on us to handle anything that comes our way!

Don’t Waste Time

When smoke and other harmful toxins enter your home, it can cause a lot of stress. If family members inhale these fumes, they could be facing some serious illnesses. The longer you put off repairs, the worse your issues will become. This is why it’s so important to invest in yearly inspections and regular sweepings by a CSIA certified chimney sweep. So, you can depend on the staff at Weststar Chimney Sweeps to set you up right!

We won’t let you down. Pick up the phone and give us a call today!

By Mike O'Mara on November 5th, 2017 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment