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How to Get Your Fireplace Ready for Use

By DiCharry Homes - 10-31-2023

Is there anything cozier than spending a chilly evening next to a crackling fire? Few things compare. We always want to give to the families that live in our Dicharry Homes the option to bask in the warmth of a fire during the colder seasons, which is why you will notice fireplaces are included in our home designs. That being said, there are a few things that you should do to prepare your fireplace for use after being dormant over the spring and summer months. Here’s how to get your fireplace ready for use.

Clean the Fireplace

Start by cleaning out the fireplace, removing any ashes, soot, and debris from the previous season. You can use a fireplace shovel and brush to do this. Ensure the damper is closed to prevent soot from falling into the room.

Inspect the Chimney

It's crucial to have your chimney inspected annually by a professional chimney sweep. They can check for any blockages, creosote buildup, or structural issues that might pose a safety hazard. A clean and well-maintained chimney is essential for safe operation.

Check the Damper

Ensure that the damper is functioning correctly. The damper controls the airflow in the chimney, and it should open and close smoothly. Make sure it is fully open when using the fireplace and tightly closed when not in use to prevent drafts.

Stock Up on Firewood

If you use wood as your fuel source, stock up on dry, seasoned firewood. Make sure that any wood you use is well dried before use. Store the firewood in a dry, covered area away from the house.

Inspect the Flue

Check the flue for any obstructions, such as bird nests or leaves. Ensure it's clear for proper airflow.

Check for Draft

Inspect the area around the fireplace for drafts. Seal any gaps or cracks with heat-resistant caulk or gaskets to improve energy efficiency.

Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Ensure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in good working order, especially in the vicinity of the fireplace. Replace batteries and test them.

By following these tips, you can enjoy a safe and cozy fireplace throughout the fall and winter while also increasing the efficiency and lifespan of your fireplace and chimney. Happy Fall!

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