Katlin Newingham

33 posts

Why Chimney Maintenance Is Important During the Burning Season

The main reason for in-season chimney maintenance is creosote buildup. While you can somewhat control the amount of creosote buildup, if you are burning wood, it is inevitable. There are only two ways to prevent creosote formation in chimneys:-   Keeping the chimney above 250-degree F all the way up. »

The Importance of Monitoring Humidity Levels

Maintaining household humidity levels with a wood stove or fireplace in your home can be tricky. You need to have a certain amount of moisture in your home in order for you to be healthy and feel comfortable. If you have too little or too much moisture in the air, »

Why Does Wood Stove Smoke Come Back Into My Home?

Does your wood stove push smoke back inside your home? Sometimes people will see smoke when lighting a wood stove, while it is burning, or when they open the door of the stove to add wood or tend to the fire. The wood stove burns the wood, generates heat, and »

Reasons to Add a Fireback to Your Fireplace

Firebacks have adorned fireplaces since the colonial times, although mostly to protect the fireplace. Today there are more exciting benefits into making your fireplace more efficient. Let's go over some reasons that you should be using a fireback in your fireplace.Protect the Fireplace’s Structure with a FirebackLet’s »

The Dangers of Burning Unsafe Items

Burning anything other than wood in your fireplace or wood stove can be extremely dangerous for many reasons. Fireplaces and wood stoves are meant to burn wood, but often people are tempted to use them as mini personal incinerators. You may think that it is better to burn up certain »

Precautions to Take When Burning Wood

Taking precautions for wood burning safety is an absolute must when you have a fireplace or wood stove in your home. No matter if you use it as your main heat source or as a supplemental heat source to lower utility bills, there is a potential for the unthinkable to »

How to Build the Perfect Fireplace Fire

You think that you have started the perfect fire. After a few minutes, you turn around and realize that your roaring fire has flamed or smoldered out. So frustrating.  Since each wood burner has their own secret method for building the perfect fire, that will take right off and burn »

Wood Stove Issues During the Burning Season

The number of homes that have wood stoves installed has increased over the last few years. Many are new to wood burners and have little to no prior experience with operating and maintaining a wood stove. For most, the reason for installing a wood stove is to reduce heating costs »

Top Gift Ideas from Northline Express

Fireplaces are the central focus in many homes. They serve as the gathering spot during holiday parties or on any cold, winter day. Fireplaces bring warmth and beauty and inspire a visceral sense of peacefulness and comfort. They can also be sort of a mess and sometimes difficult to manage. »

Holiday Fire Safety Tips for You and Your Pets

Even though it's not winter yet, we have had winter weather already. We've cranked up the heat, lit our holiday scented candles, started baking, and started using our fireplaces and woodstoves. In our attempts to get warm and cozy, this can sometimes come with an increased risk of house fires. »

Choosing the Right Fireplace Grate

Fireplace grates ensure that you have a warm, satisfying fire. The grate lifts the wood off the floor to allow air to be pulled in from underneath the wood. The fire will be supercharged with air, making it hotter and more efficient. You'll also get a more complete burn because »