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How to Fix a Stuck Fireplace Damper

Use a wire brush and WD-40 to open a stuck fireplace damper.

Not being able to open your throat damper makes your fireplace unusable.  If you light a fire, smoke will flow out of the fireplace into the room, if the damper is closed.  It’s not unusual to find that the handle

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How to Open Fireplace Damper

How to Open Fireplace Damper - copyright FireplaceMall.com 2014

A throat damper is a metal door located above the firebox, but below the flue pipe.  (See a diagram of the parts of a chimney here.)  When the damper is closed, it slows the loss of heat that would otherwise

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DIY Gas Fireplace Safety Tests

gas fireplace safety tests homeowners can do

Do-It-Yourself Gas Fireplace Safety Tests Before you turn on your gas fireplace for the first fire of the season, have it serviced by a certified chimney sweep or other gas product professional certified to work with gas fireplaces.  You will

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Do I Need a Chimney Sweep? Can I DIY?

Do you really need a chimney sweep? Your wallet versus a chimney sweep.

Do I really need a chimney sweep or can I DIY? Aren’t there fireplace and chimney tasks I can do myself, without special training? And how much money will I save if I do the chimney maintenance and repair work

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