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Preparing Your Fireplace

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Preparing Your Fireplace

Well, the temperatures are starting to dip during the night. Fall is officially upon us, despite the roller-coaster daytime temperatures. Time to start pulling out those wool blankets, long-sleeve shirts, & of course getting your fireplace ready for the upcoming season! We found this article from the DIY Network with tips on maintaining your fireplace. Be sure to click-through to the full article and read all the tips!:

– Safety First. Make sure you have smoke alarms & carbon monoxide detectors and that they are in good working order.

– Keep Clear. Make sure that all combustible materials are clear of the fireplace while it is burning. Also be sure there is nothing combustible within 12 inches of lintel (metal plate over fireplace).

– Inspect It. Sweep & inspect the chimney/fireplace every year before you start using it. Creosote buildup, cracked bricks, or other hazards could be dangerous if not taken care of.

– Season It. Use only “seasoned wood” and not green wood for burning. “Seasoned wood” is dried for at least 6-12 months and has a moisture content of 20% or less. Green wood doesn’t burn completely and attributes to more creosote & soot buildup.

 

Be sure to check out the full article from the DIY Network for more tips on maintaining/preparing your fireplace for the upcoming season!

 

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