In our final installment on fireplace maintenance and safety, here are some tips:
- Have a cap installed at the top of the chimney to keep it from becoming blocked by birds or debris.
- Use clean-burning wood. Hardwoods like oak burn cleaner than softwoods like pine. Dried wood burns cleaner than green.
- Follow directions when using manufactured fire logs. Use one at a time. Don’t crack or break manufactured logs. This will release energy at a high rate, resulting in a shorter burn time. Fire logs create less creosote than wood.
- Make a fire that fits the fireplace. If it’s too big or too hot, it wastes fuel and can crack the chimney.
- If the fireplace has glass doors, leave them open while burning a fire log to allow air circulation and cleaner burning.
- Always use a fireplace screen.
- Keep a fire extinguisher on hand and have smoke and monoxide detectors throughout the house.
- Use kindling to start a fire. Never use flammable liquid.
- When building a fire, place logs at the rear of the fireplace, preferably on a grate.
- Don’t burn anything but wood in the fireplace.
- Keep the area around the fireplace and chimney clear of flammables.
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