If our ancient ancestors could figure it out, so can you!
Don’t forget, safety first, always! Your fireplace and chimney should be inspected at least once a year to make sure everything is ready to go before the first fire of the season.
Prep The Fireplace
Sweep away those old ashes and chunks of wood that just wouldn’t burn. Give the damper a try. Make sure it opens and closes as it’s meant to. No one wants smoke in their home
Secure Good Firewood
Use seasoned hardwood that has been split and dried for at least six months — preferably for a year. Seasoned hardwood logs are typically dark and cracked at the ends. A good test is to hit them together. If they make a hollow sound, they’re ready!
Heat The Flue
A critical but often overlooked step is heating the air inside the flue. Simply light a tightly rolled sheet of newspaper and hold it near the open damper. This prevents cold air inside the flue from getting a backup of smoke that comes back into your home.
Let It Burn
Now you’re ready to light your fire and get cozy! Add logs as needed to keep the fire going. When you’re done with the fireplace, make sure all flame has been extinguished. Never leave a fire unattended.