Winter Fireplace Preparation

Some things are pretty easy to maintain. Get new carpet and vacuum it to keep it looking good. Plug in your microwave and you’re good to go. Run vinegar through a coffee pot every once in awhile and you’re set. Your fireplace? Taking care of it from use to use will help ensure that you’ll be able to use it all winter long without worrying about something going wrong. Here are some things that you can do to make sure that you get the maximum enjoyment from your fireplace all winter long.

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Of course, the number one most important thing to do to prepare your fireplace is to have it inspected and cleaned by a CSIA certified chimney sweep company like Pozzi Chimney Sweep. They will make sure your chimney is clean and free of obstructions so that you can be worry-free about the possibility of a chimney fire all winter long. There are other things you can do to make sure that you’re set for a long winter of cozy nights in front of a snapping fire, as well.

Gather the Right Wood

Another thing to do is to make sure you have an ample supply of properly cured firewood. Different types of wood burn differently, so make sure that you get the proper wood for the burn you’re looking for. Generally speaking, you’ll want to use hardwoods when you use your fireplace; this will give you a fire that burns hot and that will last as long into the evening as you want it to. Not only this, but a hot burning fire will create less creosote buildup than cooler burning fires that are created using softer woods.

Another thing to understand is that you really don’t need to clean your fireplace after every fire. When you burn with wood, you’re going to end up with ash, and it may be tempting to sweep the firebox clean – but don’t do it! Ash is actually a good thing when it comes to building a fire. If you can have about an inch of ash on the bottom of your firebox, you’ll have more success in building and maintaining your fire. A good ash bed gives the hot coals a place to rest, which keeps the fire burning hot

Safety First

Remember, the most important thing to remember when using your fireplace is that safety must come first. Check the area around your fireplace to make sure that any combustible items are nowhere near the actual fire. You’ll also want to make sure that your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly and that the batteries are charged.

Call Pozzi Chimney Sweep

If you have questions or concerns about running your fireplace this winter, give Pozzi Chimney Sweep a call. They’ll be happy to answer your questions and help ensure that your family is kept safe and snug all winter long!