Fayetteville Is a Great Place to Live & Ozark Stove & Chimney Is Happy to Serve This Area
Did you know that Fayetteville is one of the largest cities in Arkansas? It’s also widely known for its beautiful sights, community events, many boutiques and shops, always-evolving culinary scene, and more. What we’re basically saying is… if you want to stay busy and entertained in Fayette, it shouldn’t be a problem.
So, what are some suggestions for things to do when the weather is nice?
- Spend the day at Lake Fayetteville
- Explore the area’s many trails and hiking options
- Visit a nearby park, like Centennial Park, Lake Wilson Park, or Kessler Mountain Regional Park
- Look into a local recreation program
- Stroll through the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks
- Simply explore the city and see all it has to offer
And what about when rain, snow, and heavy winds are making an appearance? Well, if you feel like venturing out, a trip to the library is always an option, as is visiting fun indoor spots, like the Arkansas Air and Military Museum.
Or, you could just hunker down and sit in front of your warm fireplace all evening. Just make sure it’s running well and in tip-top shape by booking regular maintenance with the team here at Ozark Stove and Chimney. We serve homeowners in Fayetteville, Springdale, Elm Springs, Shady Grove, Farmington, Fayetteville Junction, Johnson, Tontitown, Greenland, Harris, Harmon, and countless areas surrounding.
Call 417-201-6585 or request an appointment with us online today.
Our Services Cover It All
From fixing up cracks in your firebox to installing a new chimney cap or chase cover, we’ve got all of your chimney and fireplace needs taken care of, from bottom to top. Count on us for the following:
- Chimney Sweepings/Cleanings
- Chimney Inspections
- Gas Fireplace Service
- Leaky Chimney Repair
- Chimney Waterproofing
- Chimney Cap Installation
- Chase Cover Installation
- Flashing Installation & Repair
- Chimney Relining & Resurfacing
- HeatShield® Liner Repair
- Masonry Repairs
- Stucco Repairs
- PriorFire Installation
We can also handle your installation needs. We sell and install wood stoves, gas inserts, gas stoves, and Central Boiler outdoor furnaces. If any of those heating systems seem like the right fit for your household, turn to us. Our qualified and certified technicians would be happy to help you get the process completed.
Seeking a Team That Offers Dryer Vent Services?
Chimney care isn’t all we do. Our highly trained technicians can also work to keep your dryer vents clean, helping you avoid fire hazards and potential gas leaks inside of your home.
Why is this important? Well, did you know that your dryer is more likely to clog and cause a fire than your chimney is? That’s right – clogged up dryer vents can invite some major hazards, so it’s not something to take lightly. Count on our certified techs to get the job done right.
Call now or book with us online today.
Understanding Your Chimney’s Anatomy
Now, when most look at their fireplace, they see it as just that – a fireplace connected to a chimney. But when our certified and professional technicians look at it, we see a series of important parts and components, all necessary for keeping your home safer while you’re trying to heat it.
All that said, understanding how your chimney is set up can help you identify problems earlier. Here are the main components that make up mostly every chimney system.
- Chimney Cap: The chimney cap sits at the top of your chimney, covering the chimney opening. It is just above the crown and is usually made of galvanized steel, aluminum, stainless steel, or copper. If your cap is missing or damaged, water can enter your home and cause damage to the flue. Chimneys are also a common place for animals to nest, but a secure chimney cap keeps them out
- Chimney Crown: The chimney crown is a large slab that seals and protects the area around the top of the flue. Crowns are usually made of concrete, but may also be made of metal or stone, and they should slant downwards and hang slightly over the edge of the chimney. Their main purpose is to direct water out and away from the sides of your masonry.
- Chimney Liner: Chimney liners line the inner walls of your chimney, protecting it from the corrosive smoke, fumes, and gases that flow through it. These can break down your venting system significantly, increasing your risk of fire hazards. Liners boost efficiency and minimize the risk of gas leaks and fire hazards.
- Chimney Damper: The damper is a movable metal piece that is usually located above the firebox, in the flue. It can be opened or closed to control the airflow and regulate the draft. When your fireplace is not in use, the damper helps to seal the chimney, preventing drafts and heat loss.
- Chimney Flue: Every wood-burning or gas fireplace has a flue. Flues are critical to chimney and fireplace safety. The flue is the inner lining of the chimney that carries smoke and other contaminants from the fireplace or stove to the outside. It is usually made of ceramic, metal, or clay tile.
- Firebox: The firebox is the part of the fireplace where the fire actually burns. The firebox has to withstand high temperatures so it is usually made with fire-resistant materials like firebrick or refractory paneling.
- Smoke Chamber: The smoke chamber is located above the firebox and below the flue. It’s shaped like an upside-down funnel and is designed to direct smoke from the fire up into the flue, so that it can quickly and effectively exit your home. A smooth smoke chamber minimizes backdraft and creosote accumulation.
As you can see, it’s not all just as simple as a fireplace connecting to some type of flue. There’s a lot that goes into a well-working chimney, so trusting a qualified and well-trained team of techs to tackle the job is a must. If you’re in Southwest Missouri or Northwest Arkansas area, hire our crew for the quality, personalized care you deserve.
Who Should I Trust With My Chimney Needs?
You can’t always tell when there is something wrong with your chimney or fireplace – and most chimney issues aren’t visible to homeowners until it’s too late. Since it’s not easy to spot an issue with a chimney’s structure or equipment, this often leaves homeowners at the mercy of industry professionals to provide an accurate analysis.
Unfortunately, like most industries, some dishonest people lurk in the shadows of the world of chimney techs, just waiting for an opportunity to take advantage of someone. Scammers are betting on the fact that you haven’t climbed your roof to take a close look at your chimney or that you don’t have regular chimney maintenance. They also know that most don’t know what to look for to see if their chimney actually needs repairs or not.
The best way to avoid falling victim to one of these scammers is to learn what to look out for and to always work with a trusted chimney service company for all of your system’s needs.
In addition, make sure you only hire sweeps that are certified with the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), have a strong reputation in the area (be sure to browse online reviews), and are licensed and insured. The good news for homeowners in Greene County, Benton County, and all areas surrounding is that Ozark Stove and Chimney checks all the boxes – we’d be happy to help with it all.
What Are Some Common Chimney Scams?
Not all scams are obvious but since scammers are usually repeat offenders, some are common within the industry. Here are a few that tend to pop up.
The ”Too Good To Be True” Offer
Everyone loves a good discount, but “you get what you pay for” is a common saying for good reason. While it’s true that some chimney companies will offer promotions from time to time, services that are far below normal market prices should be treated with skepticism. It’s a frequent tactic for a fraudulent chimney sweep to offer a low inspection price, only to tack on fees as the repair work goes on. A real professional will give you a price quote upfront.
Pop-up Chimney Sweeps
It’s a quiet Saturday afternoon and you’re relaxing on your sofa with a nice book. Suddenly, your doorbell rings. You know you aren’t expecting anyone, so you’re surprised to open your door to someone who claims to be a chimney professional. They say they’ve seen something wrong with your chimney and they can offer you a discounted inspection or repair work.
This is a red flag.
Chimney sweeps aren’t door-to-door salesmen. It is difficult to diagnose a chimney issue without an inspection, and reputable chimney companies are usually booked out days to weeks in advance, so the chances that a qualified technician will have time for an unscheduled visit are low. Similarly, be wary of random cold calls where someone tries to sell you a service over the phone.
The chimney industry is not nationally regulated, and most states don’t require chimney sweeps to hold a state license. But with a little groundwork, there are ways to verify that your chimney professional is legitimate.
- Are they certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)? Head to CSIA’s website to use their handy search tool.
- Is the company they work for a member of the National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG)?
- Is the business accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB)? Their website is easy to navigate to find registered businesses. (And if you’re a victim of a scam or attempt, you can report it to them.)
- Do their reviews show a track record of reliable, consistent work? Google reviews, Angi, and Yelp are great resources to see what other customers have said.
The “Pay First, Work Later” Scam
It’s not completely unreasonable for a chimney company to ask for a service fee or deposit before they schedule an inspection or repair work, since last-minute cancellations can be costly. However, no company should ask you to pay a full fee before they set foot in your home. If this happens, you should do a little more research before going through with the payment.
Hire a Company You Can Trust
Avoid the possibility of a chimney scam by booking annual inspections with a trustworthy chimney company, like Ozark Stove and Chimney. We’re a fully licensed and insured member of the NCSG, and our sweeps are CSIA-certified. We’d be happy to help you with any and all of your chimney or venting needs.
Wondering how to get this process started? Give us a call at 417-201-6585 or schedule an appointment online today.