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Be Ready to Light Your First Fire!

Light Your First Fire Image - Chicago IL - Aelite Chimney Specialties LLCWhile it may seem hard to believe, cooler weather will be here before we know it. This time of the year is the best time to get your home ready for winter, and one of the most important things you can do is to schedule an appointment to have your chimney professionally swept and inspected. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and other national fire safety groups all recommend having these professional chimney maintenance tasks done before you light the first fire of the year. You can trust Aelite Chimney Specialties to make sure your chimney will work efficiently and safely this fall and winter. We would like to tell you why it is so important to have your chimney checked out by our CSIA-certified chimney professionals before the temperature drops.

Prevent chimney fires

If you have a wood-burning fireplace or stove, your chimney may have quite a bit of creosote accumulation on its interior walls. Creosote develops naturally during the combustion process of burning wood, and this residue sticks to the walls of the flue. These deposits can be very hazardous as creosote is extremely flammable. The CSIA even names creosote as a leading cause of chimney fires. When Aelite Chimney Specialties sweeps your chimney, we take great care to remove every bit of creosote from the flue. We make sure that your risk of a chimney fire is greatly reduced.

Prevent carbon monoxide leaks

When Aelite Chimney Specialties inspects your chimney, we look for damage and problems that could cause your chimney to be unsafe. One of the hazards we look for is a flue blockage that could force the byproducts of combustion, including smoke and toxic gases like carbon monoxide, back into your home. If we find debris blocking the chimney, we will remove it so that it will exhaust properly. We also look for other possible things that could cause carbon monoxide to leak into your home, such as a cracked chimney liner. If we find this type of damage, we will provide you with photographic evidence and a written estimate of the repair work needed to make your chimney safe again.

Make sure your chimney is safe to use this fall. Contact us at Aelite Chimney Specialties to schedule your annual chimney sweeping and inspection today.

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Pellet Stove Information

Let Aelite Chimney Specialties answer your pellet stove questions!

Let Aelite Chimney Specialties answer your pellet stove questions!

You may have heard a lot lately about pellet stoves as they have become a top choice in heating systems for homes. Debuting in 1930, pellet stoves have gone through many changes, from a large, boxy, workhorse design to a smaller decorative heating appliance to be used in residential homes. As the heating industry has moved towards heating systems based on high efficiency and renewable resources over the past 10 years, pellet stoves have become a great option. Aelite Chimney Specialties sells and installs pellet stoves, and we have been asked many questions about these appliances. We would like to answer for you the most frequently asked questions with information from the website HowStuffWorks.

What is pellet stove and what exactly are the pellets?

Convenient, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly, a pellet stove is a sophisticated electronic appliance that gives you an economic and high-efficient heating option for your house. These stoves are fueled by wood pellets made from recycled sawdust and wood shavings, which have been swept up off the floors of sawmills. Cheap and easy to manufacture, wood pellets are compact and environmentally friendly because they have a very low pollution rate.

Are there different types of pellet stoves?

Yes, there are two different types: free-standing and insert stoves. You can get an insert if you have an existing fireplace, and one of our expert technicians at Aelite Chimney Specialties will install it into the firebox and vent it through your chimney. If you do not have a fireplace, you can go with a free-standing stove with its own exhaust pipe.

Do pellet stoves come in different styles and options?

Available in all sorts of sizes, shapes, styles and colors, you are sure to find the perfect pellet stove for your home, no matter your taste. As for options, you can go with the standard model or with the super deluxe version with a programmable, controlled feeder and a remote control thermostat. Our staff at Aelite Chimney Specialties would love to show you our wide variety of pellet stoves available. Other options include the hopper location, heat output levels, and manual or automatic ignition.

What are the benefits versus the disadvantages of pellet stoves?

The benefits far outweigh the disadvantages. Pellet stoves are easy to operate, convenient, environmentally-friendly, and safer as they give off less smoke and creosote. In addition,

the fuel offers even more benefits as the pellets are inexpensive, easy to store, and also eco-friendly. The biggest disadvantage of a pellet stove is that it runs on electricity. So, if your power goes out in a storm or for another reason, you will have no heat, unless you have a back-up generator. Another disadvantage is it may be difficult to find pellets in your area, or the store may not carry a sufficient inventory for you to keep up your supply.

If you have other questions about pellet stoves, contact Aelite Chimney Specialties today. Our knowledgeable staff will be more than happy to answer your questions and tell you more about this alternative heating appliance.

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