Boston Brick & Stone November 2017

MAKE YOUR CHIMNEY SAFE FOR SANTA Chimney Cleaning and Inspection for the Holidays

How Can I Tell if My Chimney Is Damaged? Only an experienced inspector can verify that your chimney is damaged and to what extent. There are, however, warning signs to look out for. Any cracks are an immediate warning sign. You should also look for any painting-over, as it often indicates a crack underneath. How Often Should My Chimney Be Cleaned? The more often you use your fireplace, the more often you need your chimney cleaned. You should clean your chimney at the first sign of smoke buildup. If you start a fire and your house

Santa won’t be visiting houses for another month or so, which gives you just enough time to have your chimney inspected and swept before the big man makes his rounds. We service all types of chimneys, tackling everything from basic cleaning to full fabrication from scratch. If you want to have everything in top-notch shape before Christmas rolls around, you’ll benefit from knowing the answers to these frequently asked questions. Which Type of Chimney Do I Have? There are three basic types of chimneys. The first is a masonry chimney, which is made from bricks, mortar, and concrete. Prefabricated chimneys, on the other hand, are installed as one unit. These are factory-made, including some that are made to look like masonry chimneys. Hybrid chimneys, a very popular style in our area, use masonry at the base of the fireplace and a prefabricated top. The advantage to these models is that they are more resistant to earthquakes. If I Have a Prefabricated Chimney, Do I Still Need It Inspected? The short answer is yes. Even though all prefabricated chimneys are inspected before they leave the factory, they aren’t always installed correctly. In fact, most chimney fires are caused by prefabricated chimneys, making inspection a must.

is smoking, you need a cleaning. All of our cleanings come with a thorough inspection, so you’ll have peace of mind that your fireplace is in tip-top shape.

If you want to light up a fire this holiday season, call Boston Brick & Stone before you begin burning. We’ll make sure your chimney will bring joy instead of worry.


Roasted Parmesan PESTO POTATOES


It only takes 3 ingredients to make these crispy, flavorful potatoes. They’re the perfect side dish for any meal.

• 2 pounds red potatoes, quartered • 2 tablespoons basil pesto • Salt and pepper, to taste • 3 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese


1. Preheat oven to 400 F. 2. In large bowl, combine potatoes and pesto. Toss to coat. Transfer potatoes to large baking sheet or shallow roasting pan. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Roast 20 minutes and remove from oven. 3. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese evenly over potatoes and put pan back in the oven. Roast for additional 10–15 minutes or until potatoes are tender and crispy. Remove from oven and serve warm.

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