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We live in a glorious age where we have information at our fingertips and options to buy fireplace and chimney supplies from around the world with the click of a mouse.

And while having the power to buy online is often perceived as a good thing, it isn’t always your best option.

When it comes to buying fireplace and chimney supplies, options are plentiful and these needed and nice-to-have supplies can be purchased at a number of different retailers, both online and at brick and mortar stores.

But there are differences, and, depending on how and where you shop, your experience can be vastly different that another consumer’s.

Brick and Mortar Stores

Buying fireplace and chimney supplies from local stores has its benefits, from friendly service to the opportunity to see and feel the products before you buy. And, if you find something you like, there are no shipping costs. But, some retailers carry limited fireplace and chimney supplies if there isn’t a demand in your area. If you see something you like that isn’t in stock at your local retailer, you can ask to special order the item to make sure the supplies work and fits in your chimney or fireplace.

Generic Retailer: Online

The Internet is crawling with generic retailers. The largest and arguably most well known is, which carries a variety of fireplace and chimney supplies. However, unlike local brick and mortar stores, you don’t have the option to see and feel supplies before you buy, and these sites often lack the expertise specialized online retailers offer.

Specialized Retailer: Online

There are a variety of specialized online retailers that offer fireplace and chimney supplies. Like the generic online retailers, you won’t be able to see exactly what you’re getting until it arrives. Unlike generic retailers, these specialized sites provide the expertise you need to make sure what you’re ordering is right for your fireplace or chimney.

Chimney Sweeps Companies

One option that is often overlooked is your local chimney cleaning company like ChimneyTEK. Depending on the supplies you need and the installation requirements, it might be best to trust your local professionals to ensure the parts are properly installed. And professional chimney cleaning services are extremely knowledgeable about fireplace and chimney supplies and can recommend the right supplies for your system.

Whether you’re in the Baltimore, Pasadena, Columbia, Annapolis or Towson areas, ChimneyTEK can answer any questions you might have about what supplies are best for your fireplace and chimney. We also have the experience to install chimney linings as well as clean and repair your chimney.

Contact us today to learn more fireplace and chimney supplies and our services.