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Give Your Home An Upgrade For Christmas!

Not sure what to add to your holiday wish list? Why not treat yourself to an upgrade! If your fireplace and chimney are looking a bit worse for the wear, there are a lot of measures we can take to improve efficiency and give you the high-quality protection you deserve. This is one gift that will keep on giving year after year. Learn more below, then reach out to our team today to further discuss your options. We can’t wait to get this process started for you!

Gas Log Sets

fireplace screenMany fireplace owners are switching to gas due to its countless benefits. Gas options are easy to use, low maintenance, and they don’t require you to haul and store wood, which always leads to a big mess. Oftentimes homeowners simply do not have the time or energy to build and maintain fires, and the clean-up involved can take a toll on your schedule, too. If you simply want to sit back, relax, and enjoy your evening without having to put a lot of effort into the process, then it’s time to invest in a gas log set.

These systems will turn on with the push of a button, and they offer a steady stream of heat for your family to enjoy. They are very efficient, require minimal maintenance, and won’t produce any unpleasant smokey odors, either. All in all, they make a great addition to any living space, and their realistic appearance ensures you still get that timeless aesthetic you hope to achieve. There’s no reason not to make the switch! Set up an appointment with our team today.

Crown Coat

Is your crown cracked or crumbling? If your last inspection revealed some issues that need addressing, then the time to invest in repair work is now. Without a properly functioning crown in place, your chimney is a lot more likely to experience water damage, which will quickly cause your brickwork and mortar to break down. This will make you prone to experience gas leaks, house fires, smoke exposure, or even a chimney collapse.

It’s not worth taking any chances, so invest in a fix that will last – CrownCoat! When applied by a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep, this product guarantees high-quality results that last, so that you can get back to using your fireplace with the ease and peace of mind you’re desiring.

Prefab Panel Replacement

If you have owned a prefabricated fireplace for years now, then the refractory panels may be suffering. These pieces take on a lot of wear and tear, and anything exposed to the stress and strain they face is bound to need some attention from time to time. Replacing your panels will ensure you can use your fireplace with ease, without putting your family at any potential risk. Ask our experts about what we can do for you. The sooner we get things started, the better off you will be.

Fireplace Screens & Doors

Whether you need your current screen or door replaced or simply do not have one at all, our team can set you up with a design that is perfect for your unique needs and setup. These parts offer added protection for your home, ensuring stray sparks and embers have no chance of landing on your floor or furniture. They also help to keep curious pets and young children away from any flames, and they help to keep your home at a reasonable temperature when your system is not in use, too.

Our screens come in a wide range of styles, and our doors can be custom made to fit your every desire. Enhance the look, function, and feel of your fireplace by turning to us now.

Heat Reflectors

Are you not experiencing that strong outpouring of heat you expect from your fireplace? If your unit is simply not delivering, then heat reflectors may be a good investment for you. They are installed in the back of your firebox, and they help to push the heat back into your living space, so everyone in the area can stay warm, cozy, and comfortable.

An added benefit of these devices is their ability to offer extra protection to your firebox walls. As you can imagine, this area of your fireplace takes on a significant amount of stress, and all that direct exposure to heat and flames can cause it to break down a lot over time. With heat reflectors in place, you add an extra layer of protection, so that your firebox lasts longer – it’s a win all around.

Always Trust A Pro

Considering some do-it-yourself options? This is not recommended. Many times, these routes can offer homeowners an easy fix at a much more affordable rate, but when it comes to your fireplace and chimney, attempting a repair without an in-depth understanding of your system can lead to disaster.

In a situation where you could potentially experience carbon monoxide exposure, fires, smoke inhalation, and more, there really isn’t room to mess around. Our sweeps have undergone extensive training, and we take advantage of countless educational opportunities to ensure you get everything you deserve. Talk with us today about your installation needs. We’re always happy to serve!

The Convenience Of Gas Logs

Are you looking to upgrade your fireplace this winter? Perhaps it’s time to consider gas logs! A gas fireplace is great for anyone looking for the cozy aesthetic of a fireplace. A gas fireplace is also great because you don’t have as much maintenance associated with it such as storing and hauling wood. These units are becoming popular as homeowners realize their countless benefits, and they are known for adding the perfect touch to any space! At Weststar Chimney Sweeps, we want to help you learn more about the many benefits of gas logs. Then, count on us to get install them properly for you!

Efficient & Easy-To-Control Heat

a set of gas logsGas logs are known for producing great heat output, guarantee a warm and comfortable atmosphere for your home. This means you can easily save money on your monthly heating bills, as they are a great alternative heat source. To top it off, you’ll receive consistent heat from the appliance, so no more stressing about adding wood to ensure your living space!

Easy To Use

As we’ve pointed out earlier, an obvious bonus of gas-fueled appliances is the added convenience. You can turn gas logs on with a simple flip of a switch or push of a button. You won’t be wasting any more valuable time and energy building a wood pile and trying to get it to light. Ready to call it a night? With gas logs, all you have to do is switch them off, and you are free to go! They are so much easier to manage than a wood-burning fireplace.

No Messy Ash Or Wood Pieces

We get the appeal of wood-burning fireplaces, and many love the sounds and smells associated with a real, crackling fire. That being said, these units require a lot of clean up and maintenance! Burning wood leaves you with ash and soot, and keeping a wood pile in your home is messy too. If you’re sick of dealing with all the clean up of a wood-burning fireplace, you should switch to gas logs!

With gas logs, you still get the classic look and feel of a fireplace, without all the hassle involved with it! There are a lot of options to choose from in today’s market, and you’ll be amazed at the options. Talk with our team about finding your perfect fit. We’re happy to help!

Invest In A Professional Installation From Our Team

It’s always important to work with a team of certified professionals when it comes to installing and maintaining your gas logs. And, despite their heightened convenience and efficiency, gas logs still need annual inspections. We can handle it all. Contact us today to get your appointment scheduled!

Kick Off The New Year With A New Gas Log Set

Are you ready to start 2018 off right? Well, Weststar Chimney Sweeps is here to help you do just that! Are you looking to amp up the look and functionality of your fireplace? If so, consider investing in a new gas log set. Guests will rave about the fantastic aesthetic. Not to mention, family and friends will love enjoying them throughout the next year!

Benefits Of Gas Logs

One of the best parts about owning gas logs is how easy they are to use. Gas appliances come with simple controls. So, all you’ll have to do is flip a switch, and you’ve got heat! There are no messy wood piles and no hauling logs from the outdoors. Homeowners are loving the convenience these units have to offer. They can enjoy all of the ambiance of a fireplace, without having to disrupt their busy lifestyle with tons of regular maintenance.

Another great benefit of gas logs is how environmentally friendly they are. Less pollutants are released into the air. Additionally, you’ll quickly discover that this heightened efficiency results in a lot more heat for your home!

Concerned about losing that classic look that wood fireplaces offer?

Well, worry no longer! These logs look just like the real thing, so you can easily gain that traditional feel you’re looking for. Ask any of our satisfied customers. The incredible ambiance they add to your home is undeniable!

Along with looking great and requiring significantly less maintenance than their wood-burning counterparts, gas logs come in a wide range of styles and sizes. This way you’re sure to find the perfect fit for your home. You’ll be able to relax and enjoy your evenings indoors to the fullest – no problem!

We Offer And Install Black Jack Oak Premium Log Sets

If you’ve worked with us in the past, then you know we only sell and promote products that we truly believe in. You’ll get everything you’re looking for when you purchase one of our Black Jack Oak Premium log sets. The detail on the logs creates a realistic look that is incredible, and you don’t need to doubt their functionality!

Along with this, these logs are durable and built to last you a lifetime – that’s why we offer a lifetime guarantee when one of our CSIA certified professionals installs them for you! Our gas log sets come in a variety of options, so be sure to check them out today!

Don’t Forget Your Inspection!

Once your gas appliance is set up and ready to go, we bet you’ll be more than ready to put it to use. However, don’t forget to schedule your annual inspection! No matter what type of fuel you use, this yearly maintenance is vital for getting the most from your gas fireplace. Residue can easily build up, clogs may form, and damages can occur that make your system dangerous to use.

Let us help make your home and fireplace function as safely and as efficiently as possible during 2018. Call us to talk to our qualified and experienced staff today!

It’s Never Too Late to Upgrade Your Fireplace with Gas Logs

If you have been unhappy by the performance of your traditional wood-burning fireplace, you can always upgrade by converting it into a gas heating appliance. While gas fireplace inserts are an excellent option, gas logs are less expensive and even easier to use. At Weststar Chimney Sweeps, you will find sets of gas logs that are safe and efficient. We carry Blackjack Oak gas log sets, which we know you will find to be very attractive and realistic looking. When many people think of gas logs, they remember the sets from the 1970’s that really did not even come close to resembling firewood. Thanks to technology and design developments, the gas log sets of today provide realism and beauty. We have even had customers believe they are looking at a real wood-burning fire when they see a display of gas logs in action. If you think it is too late in the season to convert your old wood-burning fireplace into a clean-burning and effective heating appliance with a set of gas logs, it is honestly never too late to make this improvement. We would like to tell you more about how convenient and efficient gas logs can be.

What are the features of Blackjack Oak gas log sets?Upgrading gas logs - Weststar Chimney - San Diego CA

Manufactured by HEATMASTER, Blackjack Oak gas log sets are vented and have the typical yellow flame that closely resembles a wood fire. You will be amazed at how great these gas logs look as well at how convenient and safe they are to operate. Weststar Chimney Sweeps sells and installs three different models of these sets of gas logs. Although the number of logs will differ depending on the model, each set is available in different sizes: 18, 24, and 30 inches. The Deluxe Oak set is equipped with a deluxe ember burner that will give you the appearance of a full glowing ember bed. This set includes six, seven, or ten logs in accordance to the size of the set. The Wild Fire set looks like a real campfire, complete with pinecones. Depending on the size of the set, you can get nine, fifteen, or eighteen logs. The Black Forest set also comes with a deluxe ember burner and includes five, seven, or ten logs in a dark wood shade.

What exactly are vented gas logs? Is there another option to this type of gas logs?

Vented gas logs are the safest type of gas logs and require a wood-burning fireplace and chimney to vent the byproducts of combustion out of your home. You will not have to worry about any smells or possible carbon monoxide leaks with vented gas logs as everything is vented out the chimney. This type of gas logs also provides the most realistic looking flame.

There is another type of gas logs set: vent-free; however, this type of gas logs is illegal in the state of California because of the possible risks involved with using vent-free gas logs. Since vent-free gas logs do not require any sort of venting, they can be installed anywhere in a home, but the carbon monoxide they produce has nowhere to go but your living spaces. They can even deplete the oxygen in your home. This type of gas logs also comes with condensation issues and cannot be used for more than an hour at a time without opening a window in the same room. Vent-free gas logs also provide a blue flame, which does not look very realistic.

It is always the right time to update your old traditional wood-burning fireplace with a set of vented gas logs. Contact us at Weststar Chimney Sweeps to learn more about how you can be enjoying a cozy, safe, and convenient fire from a Blackjack Oak set of gas logs this holiday season.