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5 Interesting Chimney Facts You May Not Have Known

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Did you know that chimneys date back to the 12th century? And that chimney sweeps are a sign of good luck? Learn more interesting chimney facts from the Heatspan team!

Fact: Chimneys Get Really Hot

A campfire is typically around 1600 degrees Fahrenheit, but a chimney can get up to 2000 degrees Fahrenheit! This extreme heat requires that chimneys be lined with a protective coating that protects the rest of your home from getting too hot.

Fact: Some Chimneys Have Chimney Caps

Santa isn’t going to make it down any chimneys with chimney caps! These covers at the top of chimneys protect from rain, wild animals, and outdoor conditions. Don’t worry, though; chimney caps still allow for smoke and pollution to leave through the top of the chimney.

Fact: The Type of Wood in Your Chimney Will Affect Its Burn

Using dense wood, like white oak and beech, will save you time switching out your firewood. This is because, though harder to ignite, dense wood burns for longer than lighter wood.

Fact: A Standard Chimney in a 2-Story Home is 10-12 Feet Tall

But the world’s tallest chimney stands at 1,377 feet in Kazakhstan! It is also the 37th tallest free-standing structure in the world. This engineering feat was constructed in 1987.

Fact: Most Chimney Fires Are a Result of Dirty Chimneys

Chimney fires are extremely serious, and you need to do everything possible to avoid one starting in your home. Be sure to have your chimney inspected and cleaned regularly – a chimney fire is something you don’t want to risk.

Brooklyn and Queens Chimney Services

Keeping your chimney safe and functional is of the utmost importance, especially as we enter the winter season. Reach out to our team at Heatspan to schedule an appointment and ensure that your chimney is ready for fireplace season! Our experts offer comprehensive chimney services; you can trust our team to get the job done right.

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