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Our Hearth Tools and Accessories

Your chimney system is ready for a fire this fall. You have had it inspected to insure the liner is intact, the masonry is sound, all the parts are in working order. You’ve had it cleaned so that the flue isshowroom8 clear of soot, dangerous creosote, obstructions, and other debris. Your fuel is ready for a fire. Your gas is connected properly, your pellets are bought and stored awaiting a fire, or your firewood is split and properly seasoned. If your fireplace and chimney system is ready for a fire and your fuel is ready to burn, but you don’t have the necessary accessories it’s time to come see us. Magic Sweep sells hearth tools and accessories to make your fire experience safe and easy.

Fireplace Tool Sets

It’s important that before you light a fire in your fireplace, stove, or insert, that you have proper tools on hand to use your fire properly. We sell items made from quality materials that are durable enough to withstand the heat of a fire and last many years of use. Our toolsets include a fire poker used to rearrange wood and coals, a shovel used to scoop ashes, and a brush used to clean ashes and wood pieces—all long-handled to prevent burns. Just like the large variety of styles of fireplaces, inserts, and stoves, our toolsets also come in a variety of beautiful styles. You might choose from contemporary, Victorian, rustic, Old World, and more. Choose an ash bucket that matches your style precisely.

Fireplace Screens, Doors, and More

Our accessories don’t just make life easier, but also more beautiful. You can choose to add a new screen or set of doors to your tired old fireplace to bring it new life. Your old fireplace may work just fine but may bring the look of your home back decades. In order to revitalize it on a budget, you can work with an expert to choose a great new look for your fireplace. If you want to make a more drastic change to your fireplace, we can change the entire look of your mantel.

Custom Stonework by Magic Sweep

We can give your fireplace a facelift with a little help from our staff masons. We can remove the old mantel and replace with a completely new one. We can build the mantel of your choosing with whatever stone or design you’d like. When you start with the professionals, you don’t have to wonder what is best. At Magic Sweep, we’re experts at making the old new again. Your fireplace is the focal point of your living room and home décor, it’s the backdrop of your family gatherings and your holiday festivities. Make sure it’s exactly what you want. A little T.L.C. for your fireplace can bring up the value of your property for a sale or refinance, and even add to the efficiency of your fire.

Talk to your chimney expert about raising efficiency with custom glass doors. Before you waste fuel on an inefficient system, ask a professional about your options.

Call Magic Sweep today at 757-523-2400 or request an appointment online. We can also work with realtors and property managers to face-lift your fireplace for potential homebuyers or renters.

Fuel Options for a New Fireplace or Stove

If you have been thinking about adding a fireplace or stove or updating your current heating appliance, you do have options when it comes to fuel. As each fuel option has distinct pros and cons, the perfect choice for your household can depend on several things. Do you prefer convenience or is the sensory experience of wood burning more important to you? Are you concerned about the environment? Do you have sufficient space for storing firewood or bags of wood pellets? Our staff at Magic Sweep can help you decide which type of fuel will work best in your home, and we would like to tell you a bit more about the fuel options that are available to you.


Fuel Options for a New Fireplace or Stove - Chesapeake VA - Magic SweepIf igniting a fire from a remote control sounds good to you, the majority of gas fireplaces and stoves have this option. Convenient and easy, gas fireplaces do not require the chores like sweeping up ashes and bringing in firewood that come with wood-burning appliances. You also will not have to worry about storing fuel. Concerned about safety and efficiency? Magic Sweep thinks you will be happy with the money and energy you will save with a gas fireplace or stove, and our technicians can show you how to use your appliance safely after its installation is complete. With this fuel option, you have several choices of how the appliance is vented. According to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA), the byproducts of combustion from natural draft appliances are vented through an inexpensive Class B pipe that we will install vertically through the roof. Direct vent gas fireplaces and stoves vent through the wall, so the cost of installation is a bit less expensive. This venting option reduces concerns about indoor air quality because the combustion process is completely sealed off from the room.


For those who desire the atmosphere created by burning wood, Magic Sweep offers several varieties of this traditional fuel option. New technology has produced wood-burning fireplaces and stoves that burn much cleaner than older appliances, and we have models that have been approved by the EPA as environmentally friendly. If the cost a fuel is a concern, wood is extremely economical and can even be free if you are able to cut your own firewood. When it comes to potential hazards, this fuel option has an increasingly high safety record, and we can give you essential safety tips for using a wood fireplace or stove.


Growing in popularity everyday, pellet fireplaces and stoves are perfect for the environmentally conscious. Made of compressed firewood that has been recycled from sawmills, pellets burn cleanly, efficiently, and safely. Operating a pellet fireplace or stove is simple; you just load the pellets into the hopper and turn on the appliance for 24 hours of heat. Available in bags of 40 pounds, pellets can be found right here at Magic Sweep.

Need help choosing the right fuel option for your new fireplace or stove? Contact us at Magic Sweep to talk to our expert staff about which type of appliance will be the perfect fit for your home.