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Big Sky Chimney offers masonry and pre-fab chimney repairs from minor repairs to complete reconstruction. Call 406-995-3385 for an appointment, or complete our form to request an appointment.

 

Masonry and Pre-fabricated Chimney Repairs

 

Fireplace Smoke Problems?

Your smoking fireplace can be repaired. Call today!
 

Do you have one of those smoking fireplaces or wood stoves that set off fire alarms every time you try start a fire or when the fire is going out? This is a common problem in southwest Montana. You are not alone. There are several options available to rid you of this issue once and for all! Let the professionals at Big Sky Chimney inspect and solve your fireplace or wood burning stove`s smoke problem. Call 406-995-3385 to make a convenient appointment, or you may request an appointment.

In occations where the fireplace never used to smoke, we suggest a cleaning. In southwest Montana, we primarily burn pine and other soft woods. The problem with pine is the excessive creosote buildup. The buildup will occur in a new stove or chimney in less than one season of burning.

 

Masonry Chimney Repairs

Chimney Crown Repair

Your smoking fireplace can be repaired. Call today!
 

The chimney crown or chimney wash is the top element of a masonry chimney. Covering and sealing the top of the chimney from the flue liners to the chimney’s edge. A common problem with masonry chimneys is an inadequate crown construction from common mortar mix, which is the same mix used to lay the chimney bricks. This mortar mixture is not designed for years of weather abuse and will result in cracking, chipping, and deterioration, which all allow water to penetrate the chimney. Most sand and mortar mixtures crack almost immediately upon installation because of shrinkage! These cracks and missing pieces can lead to serious water damage in your chimney, making for an expensive repair. Fixing these problems now can save you money later!

 

Chimney crown repairs can be performed less expensively when using CrownSeal. The only other option is to remove the old mortar, and replace it with new. This is a more costly repair as it is more labor intensive.

 

CrownSeal is a premixed, trowel grade, elastomeric coating that forms a flexible waterproof membrane to protect chimney crowns and more. It dries in about 6 hours and cures in about 24 hours to a natural concrete/mortar appearance. Use on chimney corbels, the tops of masonry and parapet walls, or wherever a flexible waterproof membrane is needed.

 

It can also be used as a bonding mortar to replace badly spalled brick units, or for parging over brick faces that may have spalled, if remaining brick is solid. CrownSeal can be easily colored using standard mortar dye. It remains permanently flexible and carries a 10 year warranty.

 

Please note: Some chimney crowns can not be repaired with Crown Seal. Chimneys missing more than twenty percent of the original crown should have a new crown poured, and then coated with Crown Seal for superior protection.

 

  • Technical info:
  • Available Sizes: 2 & 5 gallon containers
  • Application Temperatures: 45° - 95° F
  • Application Method: Trowel, 1/4" square notch trowel and 4" nylon paint brush
  • Dry Time: 4-6 hours (above 45° F), 24 - 72 hours (below 45° F)

 

Tuck pointing:

chimney tuck pointing Bozeman in process

 

The process of repairing mortar joints in a brick or stone is called "tuck pointing." The term comes from the process of tucking mortar into the damaged mortar joint with the point of a trowel called a "pointing trowel." Tuck pointing is a critical maintenance task and keeps water from entering the brick cavity. If water is allowed to get past the mortar and into the wall, brick failure may occur such as cracking or spalling (popping off of the brick face). Once this occurs, the brick is rendered useless. Failure to fix cracks in your joints can lead to very costly repairs in the long run.

Call today for a free estimate for chimney repair in Big Sky, Bozeman, Gallatin Gateway, Belgrade and Manhattan, Montana. We also service other Montana cities. Call 406-995-3385 to make a convenient appointment, or you may request an appointment.

 

Damper Repair

 

 

The damper prevents heat from escaping up through your chimney when the fireplace is not in use. Without a damper or a tight-fitting set of glass doors, your home’s heat and money is disappearing up your chimney! Call us to find out more about throat dampers, top sealing dampers, and damper cap combinations.

Call today for a free estimate for chimney repair in Big Sky, Bozeman, Gallatin Gateway, Belgrade and Manhattan, Montana. We also service other Montana cities. Call 406-995-3385 to make a convenient appointment, or you may request an appointment.

 

Big Sky Chimney repairs chimneys in the Gallatin Valley from Bozeman to West Yellowstone, MT. We often travel outside our service area. Additional rates will apply. Call for details.