6 Ways to Properly Maintain Your Chimney and Fireplace, Gas Fireplace Napoleon Linear,hearth products, hearth, chimney sweeps, dryer vent cleaning, duct cleaning, aird duct cleaning, fireplaces, fireplace sales, outdoor fireplaces, gas fireplaces

While it’s best to let a pro inspect and clean the chimney, there are six things homeowners can do to Properly Maintain Your Chimney and Fireplace.

  1. Clean the ashes from the fireplace as they accumulate.
  2. Gather firewood a year in advance to properly season it. This results in less flammable material collecting in the chimney.
  3. Make sure the damper is fully open before lighting a fire in the fireplace.
  4. Burn nothing in the fireplace except dry firewood or CSIA-accepted manufactured logs. Never burn pressure-treated or painted wood.
  5. Burn fires that consume the fuel. Burning wet or poor quality fuel results in slow fires and more creosote buildup on the flue.
  6. Consider using a top-down burn method, which burns hotter, cleaner and produces less smoke than traditional fire-building methods. Place the largest logs on the bottom of the fireplace, then add a cross layer of smaller logs. Next, add some crushed newspaper and top it all with 1-inch of kindling. Light the newspaper, sit back and enjoy the fire.

Properly Maintain Your Chimney and Fireplace

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