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Ashbusters Chimney Service Provides the Best Chimney & Fireplace Repair & Maintenance Services in Johns Island

The largest of South Carolina’s many little islands, Johns Island is roughly 84 square miles in size and located just 12 miles away from historic downtown Charleston. Like its neighboring landmasses, Johns Island is known for its exquisite Lowcountry beauty.

In fact, it’s home to the country’s largest and oldest living oak tree, the Angel Oak, which is estimated to be between 400-500 years old!

Thanks to its location, Johns Island has a variety of water-based activities from water skiing to boating, and more. With a handful of marinas and harbors to store your boat, as well as a public boat launch, there are countless ways you can enjoy life on the island. Another plus of being surrounded by water? Excellent opportunities to take advantage of freshly caught seafood at restaurants like Blu Oyster Sushi and Seafood.

And while we are lucky to enjoy a generally pleasant and mild climate, there are still those days when you don’t want to leave the comfort of your home and would instead rather curl up by the glow of the fire. At Ashbusters Chimney Service, we make sure that happens safely by providing homeowners and business owners near Johns Island with professional fireplace, chimney, and venting maintenance and repair services.

Not sure when you last had your appliance cleaned out or professionally inspected? Let us take a look…we’ll make sure everything is as it should be in order to maximize efficiency and enjoyment. Interested in changing up the look and feel of your living space by revamping your hearth? We can help you achieve your desired aesthetic and update your heating appliance with a fireplace facelift.

We travel to neighboring communities, too, so, if you live near Charleston, James Island, Wadmalaw Island, Summerville, Bonneau, Edisto Island, West Ashley, Ladson, or somewhere else closeby, the team at Ashbusters is happy to help. Basically, if it has to do with your fireplace or chimney, we’re the ones to reach out to.

We Offer a Comprehensive List of Maintenance & Repair Services

Ashbusters Chimney Service is proud to offer residents on Johns Island a full top-to-bottom list of chimney maintenance and repair services. From those preventive maintenance services to the more involved tasks like rebuilding your masonry, our team of highly skilled and experienced Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified technicians is trained with the knowledge and tools to take care of it all.

Our full list of maintenance and repair services is as follows:

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have questions about what you see listed here, or you’re not finding what you’re looking for. While we’re known for our high-quality chimney services near the Johns Island area, we also strongly believe that a knowledgeable homeowner is a safer homeowner and, as such, we’re always happy to address concerns and help in any way we can.

To get in touch with someone from the Ashbusters team, fill out this appointment request form online, or give us a call at 843-595-4927.

What Is a Chimney Preventive Maintenance Routine?

Throughout our website, you’ve likely seen the terms “preventive maintenance” across a variety of pages. Perhaps the most important part of owning and operating a hearth appliance such as a stove or fireplace is ensuring that they are serviced regularly and correctly – even (and especially) when they seem to be in good condition and fine operating order.

Unlike a car that has a light or some kind of alarm system designed to signal that service is due or gas is low, chimneys and hearth appliances have no way of letting us know when something is awry. The only way we safely find out that something requires attention is through a preventive maintenance routine and chimney inspection.

There are two preventive services that are required by the CSIA and agreed upon by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA): chimney cleanings and inspections. And while similar in that they are comprehensive and address the fireplace or alternative flame-producing appliance and chimney from top to bottom, they are, in fact, two distinctly separate services that are both important to schedule each and every year.

Establishing a preventive chimney maintenance schedule – and keeping up with it – is one of the easiest ways to not only enjoy a stress-free fireside experience year after year, but also save yourself stress, time, and money on repairs in the future.

Why Are Regular Chimney Cleanings So Important?

No matter what fuel you burn, combustion of any kind creates a variety of harmful chemicals and byproducts that are carried through your heating system in the fire’s exhaust. One of the most notable is creosote: a black, flaky substance that adheres to the inner walls of your fireplace and flue. While creosote is totally normal and natural, over time it builds up and causes a risk for safe hearth operation.

Creosote is highly flammable and, if left long enough, can actually develop into more intense stages that are increasingly harder to remove and more hazardous.

Not only is it important to be aware of creosote, but because of its precarious shape and location, it’s virtually impossible to know the health and condition of your chimney flue without proper, professional services like chimney inspections and cleanings. Especially after a season of use, a chimney cleaning can reveal creosote accumulations and blockages, other material or substance buildups, signs of animal entry, and more.

Basically, regular chimney sweep services ensure that you’re utilizing your appliance properly and, as such, extending its life and increasing its efficiency and productivity.

Want to learn more about what our chimney cleaning service entails? Get in touch with someone from our team by filling out this appointment request form, or you can give us a call at 843-595-4927 today!

What’s the Difference Between a Fireplace, a Fireplace Insert & a Stove?

Whether you’re shopping for a new appliance or simply looking to learn more about the one you have, it’s important to know a little bit about the difference between a few very similar products: a fireplace, a fireplace insert, and a stove. Below, we’ll give you a brief overview of each and what separates them from each other, despite their many similarities.


Available in both wood-burning and gas-fueled varieties, a “fireplace” is generally exactly what you picture: an open-facing structure with a place for a fire and a chimney for the fumes to escape from. The difference comes with the fuel type: while a traditional wood fireplace is uncovered and open, a gas fireplace usually features an enclosed combustion chamber.

Sometimes, fireplaces are more like a blend between the two fuel types with ceramic gas logs that are burned in an open-facing firebox, in order to more closely and effectively resemble a traditional wood-fueled appliance, but without the associated maintenance.


Quite similar to their fireplace counterparts, inserts are closed-off combustion chambers that are designed solely and specifically to be installed directly into an existing appliance. Much like “regular” fireplaces, inserts can utilize different fuel types, but are only able to be installed into existing masonry fireplace structures.

Because of their enclosed firebox, inserts are also known to be incredibly efficient and excellent at creating radiant heat – this makes them an excellent choice for homeowners looking to upgrade an old masonry fireplace into one a bit more modern.


Generally easier to discern, stoves are usually freestanding, giving them the versatility of installation locations. As long as they are able to vent to the outside through the wall or ceiling, these appliances can be installed just about anywhere. While they tend to feature a rather industrial look, there are so many customization options that can help them seamlessly fit in with a bunch of different styles.

Called Ashbusters Chimney Services to service our gas fireplace, mostly because we hadn’t used it since moving into our house and didn’t know how to use it. Chris took the time to show me how the fireplace works and explain everything about it in detail. Which not only allows me to operate the fireplace, but operate it safely and without concern. So appreciative of the time he took with me.

-Angelika F.

Are Gas-Fueled Appliances Really Less Maintenance Than Wood-Burning?

Absolutely. Though, it is important to note that “less maintenance” does not mean “no maintenance.” This is to say that while you might not have to worry about chopping, seasoning, storing, hauling, and stoking, you still do have to worry about keeping up with those yearly maintenance services like chimney sweeps and inspections. Gas fireplace and stoves produce less creosote and particulate matter, but they still require the same preventive measures to ensure performance is efficient and optimal.

Questions about the cost benefits of switching from wood to gas? Want to learn more about your options when it comes to gas fireplaces and stoves? Schedule an appointment with Ashbusters Chimney Service! We can give you the low-down on all things home heating as it relates to gas as well as our professional opinions and advice about what might be the best fit for your family and lifestyle. Reach us online by filling out this appointment request form, or give us a call at 843-595-4927.

We Also Provide Dryer Vent Cleanings

We know – it seems a little silly for a chimney service company to provide a dryer vent cleaning service, but when you think about the similarities of their venting systems, it makes sense! The lint in your dryer vent is like the creosote in your chimney – both of which are equally flammable and hazardous.

Want to save yourself some time? Talk with us about scheduling both of these services on the same day and enjoy the feeling of checking off two yearly home maintenance to-dos! You can schedule your professional dryer vent cleaning with Ashbusters right here through our website, or give us a call at 843-595-4927. We’re here to make sure your Johns Island home is as cozy and safe as possible!

With Ashbusters, You’re In Good Hands

If you’ve been searching for the best full-service chimney and venting service and repair company near Johns Island, the hunt is over: trust Ashbusters Chimney Service. No matter where you are in your search journey, our friendly and knowledgeable chimney technicians are here to help. You can trust us to provide you with high-quality information as well as the excellent services we’re known for.

From Sullivan’s Island to Goose Creek, Moncks Corner to Meggett, Isle of Palms to Hanahan, if you live in the greater Johns Island/Charleston area, Ashbusters Chimney Service is your trusted chimney and venting provider. See for yourself why your neighbors prefer us over anyone else.

Schedule today by reaching out online, or give us a call at 843-595-4927. We can’t wait to work with you.


Not to be overlooked in our list of service locations, James Island gets our best chimney and vent services year after year.