There’s more to enjoying your fireplace than knowing how to build a roaring fire (although that certainly helps). For you and your family to get the most out of your fireplace for the upcoming winter, it is important that you tend to a little bit of chimney maintenance. Here are 5 of our best tips.
1 - Smoky Fireplace
Nothing can ruin a nice, relaxing evening in front of the fire like a room filled with smoke. Not only is this unpleasant, but excess smoke can also be hazardous as well.
As a first step, make sure that the damper is open so that the smoke has somewhere to escape. Another reason that fireplaces smoke is that there isn’t enough air in the room itself where the fire is burning. Rectify by opening windows in the room by just a crack (it may take a little trial and error to figure out how much you need the windows to be open).
2 - A Full Sweep
Every year, have your fireplace cleaned and inspected by a professional chimney sweep. Not only will this make your fireplace function more efficiently; it will help identify any smaller problems before they develop into big ones. They will clean out buildup and make sure that the damper and flue are operating correctly. Not only can this save you money in the long run, but it can also keep your family safe as well.
3 - Clean the Surround
If you have a brass fireplace surround, you can polish it with a commercial polish and microfiber cloth. If you have a slate surround (which is becoming more popular these days), you can maintain the slate quite quickly.
To start, use a cloth dampened with water to wipe away any grime or residue that has collected on the slate. After that has dried, apply a small amount of lemon oil to polish the slate up. It also helps seal it to protect it.
4 - Do you have a Chimney Cap?
If you have a chimney cap, make sure that it is properly attached. It’s important that there is a screen mesh over the opening as well, to let smoke escape safely, but prevent animals from nesting in your chimney. If you don’t have one, you may want to install one. In addition to these important jobs, it can also keep moisture and plant matter out.
5 - Clean out the Ashes
Get in the habit of cleaning out the firebox once or week, or if there is an accumulation of three inches. You don’t want ash scattered throughout the room, which is messy and dangerous.
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