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What is a Top Damper?

In basic terms, a damper is a movable metal plate in a flue, used to regulate the draft and so control the rate of combustion. It opens and closes the fireplace flue. The flue is the inside part of the fireplace where smoke flows out. Unfortunately, the flue can also let heat out of theRead More »What is a Top Damper?

Is Your Fireplace Leaking?

Bricks and mortar are porous materials and act similarly to sponges.  In times of heavy and steady rains, chimneys can fill up with water that can seep into the house.  This can cause structural damage to the fireplace itself, or to the house.  It can also lead to mold problems. We have found that thisRead More »Is Your Fireplace Leaking?

The Most Important Thing

What is waterproofing? Bricks and mortar are porous materials and act similarly to sponges. In times of heavy and steady rains, chimneys can fill up with water that can seep into the house. This will cause structural damage to the chimney, or to the house itself. It can also lead to mold problems. We haveRead More »The Most Important Thing

An Interview with Our Lead Mason

James Gleason is the Lead Mason for Paramount/Rite-Way Masonry. He has worked with the company for 26 years, and prior to that he worked for years with Rite-Way Masonry before it merged with Paramount Masonry to become the company it is today. With the job being so physically demanding, and with James being in thatRead More »An Interview with Our Lead Mason

Thermocrete Q & A

Thermocrete® is a premium, durable ceramic liner for use in the repair, restoration and energy conversion of chimneys and chimney flues. Thermocrete seals holes and cracks, increases efficiency, and strengthens the chimney. Thermocrete makes it easy to retrofit chimneys for conversion to natural gas. 1. Can any chimney professional use Thermocrete Ceramic Flue Liner? Thermocrete Ceramic Flue Liner can onlyRead More »Thermocrete Q & A