HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR WOOD-BURNING FIREPLACE

With a glass of your favorite beverage in hand the favorite seat in the house just came open. You plop into the cushy chair as the warmth of the fireplace makes you love this season. There’s that crackling sound and smell of a campfire inside your home. But before you can enjoy all this, there is a bit of work to be done.

While gas and electric fireplaces offer that comfy feeling, there is nothing quite like the real thing. But the biggest problem with using a fireplace is the upkeep that comes with it. There’s a messy amount of things to clean after each use, but if you have that fireplace in your house, you might as well enjoy it!

Here are some tips on how to maintain your wood-burning fireplace:

FIREPLACE SAFETY

Let’s start with a few safety tips to ensure that things go well.

Since you are moving into a new home, make sure your fireplace is ready for that first night.

The best thing to do is call a chimney sweep to find out the condition of your fireplace and make sure it’s safe to make a fire.

One if the first things you might want to do is install a smoke alarm if you don’t have one already.

Make sure there is no carpet or curtains near the fireplaces. Remember, when the fire gets going an ember can be dangerous.

CARING FOR YOUR FIREPLACE

No one wants to take care of a fireplace. It’s kind of like having a pool. It’s fun, but there is a lot of upkeep.

But there are things you can do to keep track of how things go.

The first thing to know is that your fire fireplace needs to be cleaned once a week if you are using it often. You can clean it a few times a month if you don’t use it that much.

So, you are wondering if this is a dirty job?

Yes, but you can do less if you keep up with things.

Things you will need

Here are some things you will need to keep your fireplace clean:

  • Drop cloth
  • Dust mask
  • Goggles
  • Rubber gloves
  • Hand broom
  • Shovel
  • Bucket

The first thing you will need to do is scoop out any ash. Place that in the bucket. This can be used for gardens.

Use the broom to sweep the rest of the stuff up.

To clean the area and mantel, use a gallon of warm water and a cup of bleach.

Start scrubbing.

You can use a stiff brush to help here.

And a spray bottle can be handy.

Don’t forget to clean the fireplace doors with a cloth and warm water.

After all this, rinse with water and let dry.

HOW TO START A FIRE

Now that you have gotten the okay on your fireplace, here is the fun part. You get to build a fire.

If you buy logs, most will be split already. Remember, they must be dry for this to work.

Stack a few pieces of the split wood on top of some tinder or newspapers. You will then light the tinder or paper and let that catch fire.

Make sure the damper is open. This will be obvious. If it’s not, then the smoke will fill the room. It has to have somewhere to go.

If you are a rookie at starting a fire, then you might want to buy a Duraflame log. This is in a package and is easy to start. It is cleaner, as well.

WHEN TO CALL A PROFESSIONAL

So, why not set yourself up for success by having your fireplace checked out by a professional chimney sweep or fireplace expert?

By calling a professional to help, you can find out if your fireplace is in tip-top condition to use.

The best time to call for help is the start of the season. You don’t want to let the soot build up more than 1/8-inch.

A professional will cost about $200, but it’s money well spent.

Check out these fireplace professionals and chimney sweeps in the Dayton area:

AMERICAN WAY VAN & STORAGE

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