- Get your fireplace inspected for safety once a year and cleaned when necessary.
- Have your dryer vent inspected for safety once a year and cleaned when necessary.
- Burn hot fires with the flames visible below and within the firebox opening.
- Don’t forget to open your damper if you have one.
- Be sure to only use dry, seasoned hardwood.
- Do not use charcoal lighter fluid to start your fire. This is EXTREMELY dangerous!
- Do not burn trash or painted/treated wood in your fireplace.
- If your fireplace smells sour, that is build-up of creosote and your fireplace should be cleaned by a professional.
- The by-product of burning wood, no matter what kind, is creosote build-up in the flue.
- Buy and use anti-creosote spray if you use your fireplace often.
- Have an RMR spark arrestor rain cap installed to prevent water intrusion, arrest sparks and keep critters out.
Do you hesitate using your fireplace because the smoke seeps into the room each time you light a fire? Or does it smoke when the fire is dying out? This is a common problem in homes of all ages, but in older homes especially, and can be indicative of several different problems-too small a flue, too large a flue, too short a chimney, a poorly designed firebox in the fireplace itself or no firebox at all, moisture buildup, interfering tree branch, downdrafting, you name it. To find out what your particular problem might be, you need a seasoned chimney technician to inspect your chimney and fireplace. He will recommend the best solution for getting your fireplace back in working order for your enjoyment. Give us a call and we will come out and do a 21-point inspection to get your fireplace up to par.