• The Homeowner’s Guide to Purchasing Chimney & Fireplace Supplies

    The Homeowner’s Guide to Purchasing Chimney & Fireplace Supplies

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    Whether you are a DIYer or are just looking to buy a few accessories for the hearth purchasing quality chimney and fireplace supplies at affordable prices can be a bit tricky.  Not only do you want to find great prices but you also want the right materials for the job. Fortunately there are many ways to go about this from shopping at the local hardware store to having everything shipped right your door from on an online retailer. 

    If you are a homeowner in need of fireplace or chimney tools and supplies read on to learn more about the different options available.Steel Grate

    Brick & Mortar Stores
    Buying chimney and fireplace supplies in a brick and mortar store is a great way to “feel and touch” prior to investing.  It is also offers greater flexibility for returning both large and small items alike.   Keep in mind though when shopping at a retail store your choices may be limited.  While they may carry a product, special orders are often needed for odd sizes.  They may also not offer all the brands available in the market today.

    Your Trusted Chimney Sweep
    For more complicated installations and repairs, it may be best to leave the purchases up to the professional.  Sweeps have access to professional products and carry with them more knowledge than the average homeowner on which sizes and styles are needed for the job.  When you can, rely on your chimney partner to help guide the selection of your chimney and fireplace supplies.

    Online Generic Retailer
    Amazon and other online retailers have begun to add to their product offerings and you can find many chimney products on their sites.  Some things to consider though are who you are actually purchasing the product from.  While Amazon or eBay may be the site “vehicle” you are using, your seller may be a third-party supplier.  You also want to make sure the product you are purchasing is not counterfeit and accurate to its description.

    Online Specialized Retailer
    There are many online retailers that specialize specifically in the chimney industry including Lindemann Chimney Service.  We carry hearth accessories and much more all on our website.  We also have a commercial supply store, Lindemann Chimney Supply.  Homeowners can benefit from buying from these specialty stores because they often have experts with experience in the field available to answer any questions you may have.  This will ensure you get the right product for the job.  They also often have a huge selection to fit every need.

    Buying Secondhand
    Buying secondhand can be both a positive and negative experience.  Many looking for historic fittings or a repurposed mantel may find an antique store or consignment store the way to go.  When purchasing from an individual person though you must make sure you are buying what you need and at a good value.  Remember there are typically no returns or guarantees on the item you are purchasing.  You also don’t know the history behind it.  Has it been cared for properly?  Does it have any hidden damage?  What happens if it doesn’t fit?  These are good questions to ask yourself before buying used.

    If you are in need of chimney or fireplace supplies or tools, ask your trusted Lindemann Chimney Service technician next time they visit your home or you can visit our Lindemann Fireplace Shop to learn more about the quality products we carry.   

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