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Disposing of Fireplace Ash

It is getting close to the time of year where you will want to enjoy your fireplace more often. After all, nothing beats the feel of a warm fire on a cold evening. If you think your fireplace will be undergoing more frequent use in the upcoming months, be sure to make a plan of action for regular maintenance and ash disposal, to ensure it stays safe and clean.

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Removing ash is important for many reasons. Ash attracts moisture which is not good for the masonry and metal aspects of your fireplace. If ash builds up too much, it can damage the grate in your fireplace, requiring you to replace it. On top of the damage it can cause, it may also make your fire more difficult to start, as it limits space for wood and other fuel.

How to Remove Ash

A common question with fireplace maintenance is how exactly one should dispose of ashes. As a fireplace owner, it is important to become educated on this topic as it is not uncommon to hear of fires starting from improper disposal.

Here are some guidelines to follow:

  1. Wait at least one full day before removing ash from your fireplace, as it may be hot. You will not want any of the ash to contain live embers, so be sure that the ash has cooled down before handling it in any type of way.
  2. Use a non-flammable container for transporting the ash (preferably some type of metal bucket). Once the ash is in the bucket, throw some water on it as an extra safety precaution, ensuring that no heat sources got trapped and could combust.
  3. Once the ashes are safely in the bucket, it is best to wait a few days before disposing of them. Keep the bucket away from any objects that may be flammable while the ashes are given sufficient time to cool. Another suggestion is to put a non-flammable cover over the bucket to keep out any oxygen that could fuel an unwanted fire.

What to do With the Remains

So, now that your ashes are cooled down and free of any flammable materials, what should be done with them? Here are some suggestions.

  • Put them in your garden. Ash is great at enriching soil and contains potassium that will help plants grow. It also aids in repelling slugs and snails, which is an added bonus. Research which plants best thrive from ash and which levels are appropriate. Tomatoes are one that are known for thriving on wood ash.
  • Control algae growth. If you have a pond, putting in 1 teaspoon of ash per 1000 gallons of water will help to reduce algae, keeping your water cleaner and your pond life healthier overall.
  • Use it to clean. Ash can be made into soap that can be used to polish silver and clean other things around the home. It can also be used for laundry when mixed with the right components or as a bleaching tool when on its own.

If you have any questions regarding your fireplace, chimney, or ash disposal, call the experts at Pozzi Chimney Sweep.

When To Replace Cracked Fireplace Panels And Backwalls

Fireplaces are a beautiful way to heat your home, as well as create a warm and inviting glow for friends and family to enjoy. If your home was not built with a fireplace already installed, and you have installed a factory built fireplace it is important to understand the components of this appliance, how they work and how to properly maintain them. Factory built fireplaces are great inserts for most homes, and typically use metal instead of masonry common with traditional fireplaces.

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A factory built fireplace is also different from a traditional fireplace because it does not use a concrete foundations. Instead, these fireplaces use insulated walls, glass doors and blowers to circulate heat. Make sure your pre-manufactured fireplace or woodstove is installed by a professional fireplace and chimney technician, because installing your fireplace wrong could result in your fireplace not operating correctly.

Maintaining Your Fireplace Insert

As with any major appliance, it is necessary to maintain your factory fireplace in order to keep it in top working order. In some cases the fireplace panels and backwalls in pre-fabricated fireplaces can crack, and this can make lighting a fire unsafe. This often happens with extended use. Luckily, replacement panels are easily found and installed. A benefit to having a factory fireplace is that parts are easily obtained in case they need to be replaced. If you are unsure if your panel or backwall needs to be replaced, contact a professional chimney and fireplace company. Pozzi Chimney Sweeps will be happy to come to your home and inspect your fireplace in order to recommend any repairs or replacements.

Benefits Of Fireplace Inserts

There are many benefits to installing a manufactured fireplace in your home. For starters, these types of appliances are typically more affordable than custom masonry fireplaces or woodstoves. Because of this, pre-fabricated fireplaces are also easy to install with the help of a professional because you won’t need to include a concrete foundation. These smaller appliances are also more manageable than larger fireplaces and woodstoves too, making them a reasonable add-on and a great investment for your home. When properly installed and regularly maintained, your factory fireplace can last many years.

Additional Safety Tips For Your Factory Fireplace

  • Never overload the fireplace
  • Only use appropriately treated wood
  • Never use painted or chemically treated wood
  • Do not use liquid fire starters
  • Have your chimney regularly swept and inspected
  • Always keep the glass doors close when you are not loading or lighting the firebox
  • Have a professional install and help maintain your factory fireplace

A fireplace is a beautiful addition to any home. Not only can a pre-manufactured fireplace help keep your home warm and toasty but it also adds a gorgeous aesthetic that can’t be duplicated. Let Pozzi Chimney Sweeps help maintain your chimney with a regular inspection and sweeping, as well as inspection of your fireplace. A little maintenance can go a long with in keeping your home beautiful and safe so contact the experts at Pozzi Chimney Sweeps today.