How to Start a Fire in a Cold Chimney

Cold days call for crackling fires. Nothing brings warmth to this time of year, when the winter days stretch on, like a welcoming blaze in the fireplace. Unfortunately, starting a fire in a cold chimney can be a difficult task. What Makes Starting a Fire in a Cold...

How to Combat the Freeze/Thaw Process

While it’s true that well-built masonry work can last well beyond your lifetime, it’s important to note that, unless it’s properly cared for, brick and mortar will break down and need repairs. Damaged masonry isn’t a good look and it can lead to...

Fireplace Safety Tips

Safety is a priority nearly all people share, as is creating and enjoying a comfortable home. It’s totally possible to hold these values together and embrace the comfort of a fireplace, all while respecting the nature of fire by exercising proper precautions. Read on...

What Is Chimney Tuckpointing?

Masonry chimneys have reputations for standing the test of time, but as the years go by the mortar between the bricks can deteriorate and invite in water. Chimney tuckpointing is the process of repairing this mortar and providing a long-term solution to keep your...

Have You Experienced a Chimney Fire?

A chimney fire is not always a loud and fast-paced event. In fact, it’s typically a slow and gradual fire that moves slowly and quietly up your flue. In most cases, it can be hard to know that you’ve even experienced one! …which means, you could be using...

How to Combat Summertime Chimney Odors

Summer isn’t usually the time we use our fireplace, but that doesn’t mean it can’t bring in unpleasant odors. For those unfamiliar with the inner workings of a chimney, these odors can be quite puzzling. Luckily, the crew here at Madewell knows where...

ANATOMY OF A FIREPLACE

Many of us have used a fireplace for years, but how is it constructed? Let’s demystify it by providing a visual of the components of the fireplace with an explanation of each vital part contributes. Chimney Cap – A chimney cap is a covering for the top of...

Chimney Leaks

Water is an essential to life, but it can be extremely detrimental to the life span of your fireplace wreaking havoc on unprotected chimneys. All masonry chimney construction materials, except stone, will suffer accelerated deterioration as a result of prolonged...