• Fireplace Tips

    Fireplace Tips

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    There is nothing more satisfying than gathering around a warm, cozy fire in a fireplace. The golden glow of the flames. The constant generation of warmth and the crackling of the wood. Ahhhh the ambiance. It can’t be beat. Here are some tips for enjoying your fireplace. dreamstime xs_23005417

    Wood Hardwood will return the best fire for your money. Oak, hickory, walnut, ash, apple wood, elm and maple are hardwoods, just to name a few. Soft woods will generate more soot and ash and won’t provide quite as much heat as a hardwood. For nice scents try apple or cherry wood.

    Easy to Start Fire What if there was a way to start your fire that was easy and smoked less? I feel it starts quicker and is easier to maintain as the fire continues to burn. The Chimney Safety Institute of America has a great article on the “Top Burn” method. To see it, click here.

    Security Have your chimney inspected and cleaned, if needed, annually by a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep. All of our Sweeps are certified. We will not only clean the chimney, but provide a comprehensive video scan to confirm the usability of your chimney. For an appointment to have your chimney inspected and cleaned, click here

    Safety

    • Keep the area around the hearth free of debris, decorations and flammable materials. Yes. That means Christmas stockings (you can hang them when the fireplace is not in use).
    • Always close the mesh fireplace screen or put the fireplace screen in place before burning, keep pets and children away from the fireplace and never leave it unattended. One family did this only to find out their rambunctious dog had pushed an air mattress with blankets into their fireplace causing a house fire.
    • And never burn cardboard boxes, wrapping paper, trash or debris in your fireplace or wood
    • Extinguish the fire before going to bed or leaving the house.
    • Allow ashes to cool before disposing of them. Place ashes in a tightly covered metal container and keep the ash container at least 10 feet away from your home and any other nearby buildings. Never empty the ash directly into a trash can. Douse and saturate the ashes with water.

    Problems If you have problems with your fireplace we can help you or you can check out our Troubleshooting section on our webiste by clicking here. If you wish to speak to someone you can reach us at 847-918-7994 or click here to email us.

    Plan now to use your fireplace over the holidays. It will bring warmth, cheer and a feeling of coziness to any setting. Enjoy!

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