Winter is arriving soon in North America, which means the time for spending evenings in front of the fireplace or woodstove is here. Before you get too far ahead of yourself, go through this list of things to do before you light that first fire of the season. Following each item on this list will help you have a positive experience in front of the fire throughout the coming months.
Get your fireplace or woodstove inspected annually
Professional chimney technicians and wood stove inspectors like Flametech Heating have the skills necessary for getting your wood burning system clean and checking whether any repairs should be completed. This includes sweeping your chimney to remove debris and soot, which will prevent chimney fires from occurring.
Some problems that a technician for wood burning systems will catch are cracked or loose bricks, cracks in flue lining, and damage to mortar. Flue lining with even a small crack in it can be the cause of a house fire, while damage to bricks and mortar are likely to allow moisture to get into the chimney system. Moisture in a chimney should be addressed as soon as possible, to stop the damage from getting too big.
Fireplaces that are fueled by gas should also be inspected. This inspection should include having the blower looked at, as it is possible for dust to clog it if it isn’t properly cleaned.
Have a chimney topper installed
A cap on your chimney can be useful for for keeping bugs out and for stopping moisture from getting in. A cap with a wire mesh spark guard in particular will prevent embers from flying out of the chimney, thereby preventing unwanted fires from starting.
Consider which type of firewood you should get
Before you buy the cheapest wood you can find, take some time to think about what will really work best for you. Some firewood is designed to burn longer than others, and some types will also deposit more creosote–a flammable substance–into the chimney.
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If you want firewood that will not leave behind lingering flames past when the logs have finished burning, softwoods are the right choice for you. Seasoned hardwoods, on the other hand, are designed to burn longer.
Know how to place logs in the fireplace and get the fire going safely
You should not fill your fireplace with too many logs, as this can create a fire that is too hot–increasing the chances for a chimney fire and for the flue to become damaged.
To get your fire going, using dry kindling is a safer option than any flammable liquids.