In the colder months, it’s important to properly maintain your wood fireplace to ensure you don’t have to pay out for costly repairs later down the line. Maintaining your fireplace doesn’t have to be difficult if you follow these simple tips and tricks to keep your fireplace safe and efficient.
The first tip is to only burn dry, cured world that has been split and dried out for at least 8 to 12 months. You should ensure that the pile is covered to avoid any moisture penetrating or debris falling on top of it but make sure to leave the sides open for air to flow through. You will find that different woods produce different results in terms of burn time, hardwoods will burn the longest but less dense woods will burn easier but quicker.
Many people can be tempted to burn any type of wood they can get their hands on, but this can be extremely dangerous. If you burn any treated woods, scraps or wood with paint on you will release a harmful chemical into your home. Ensure that you are only burning firewood free from any of these toxic elements.
One of the best tips for conserving heat in your heat is to close the damper on the fireplace when you’re not using it. This will ensure that no warm air from indoors is slowly escaping your home and ultimately save you some cash. Another related tip is to keep the fireplace doors open when you are burning your fire as this will help the heat escape into the room.
Another tip to preventing losing heat from your home is to install a top mounted damper as this will act as a rain cap. By creating a tight seal- tighter than a traditional damper, you will notice a difference in temperature. Another installation you may want to consider is a chimney cap as this will help prevent any moisture whether that be from rain or snow from falling down into the chimney. This will help to reduce downdrafts and prevent rust from occurring in the chimney flue.
An obvious but often overlooked aspect of having a wood burning stove is to make sure you install carbon monoxide and smoke detectors in your home. If you place them in the same room as the fireplace and one in your bedroom you can rest safe in the knowledge that you are your loved ones aren’t in danger.
Regularly cleaning your chimney is imperative to maintaining a wood burning fireplace. It is recommended that on average you should aim to have your chimney cleaned twice a year depending on how much you use your fireplace this may be more or less.
Finally, the last tip is to burn your fire safely by not overloading it too quickly with too much wood. By keeping the damper open and slowly adding more wood to the fire as it burns will ensure that you are getting the most for your money.