5 Essential Tips on How to Maintain Your Wood Burning Fireplace

A wood burning fireplace is one of the most gorgeous, elegant and potentially least expensive fireplaces on the market. The basic idea of maintaining your fireplace is to keep the fireplace clean and in good condition. Here are 5 essential tips on how to maintain your wood burning fireplace and increases its durability. (Information Credit – https://www.theoriginalflame.com/fireplaces/wood-fireplaces-peterbo...)

  1. Schedule Routine Inspection

It’s a wise idea to check the chimney of your wood burning fireplace on regular basis. You can take the assistance of a professional chimney inspector to ensure that it is in good condition and safe to use. Some wood burning fireplaces, come with a cap that covers the top of your chimney. This type of cap is specially designed, to prevent rain, dust, small animals and other outside particles from getting inside your fireplace and home. The cap of the fireplace should also be checked by a professional for any other issues.

  1. Store the fuel properly

If you are using real wood in your wood burning fireplace then you should store it in a dry place. It’s recommended that you use wood that has been split and seasoned for more than six months. If you need to store your firewood outside then you should keep the logs roughly 1 foot off the ground so that there will be good ventilation between the wood pieces. You can also place a tarp or a rubber sheet over the top of the woodpile to keep off any rain, dew or snow.

  1. Clean the firebox and chimney

You need to clean the chimney and firebox regularly to increase the efficiency of the wood-burning fireplace. After cleaning the chimney, remove all the debris and ashes from your firebox. However, be sure that the debris is completely cooled before removing, otherwise it can burn your hands, or cause damage or even a fire elsewhere. After removing the bigger chunks vacuum or sweep out the small pieces, again, waiting until the contents are cold. Once the fireplace is cleaned, you are ready to light a fresh fire in your fireplace, just ensure that the damper is wide open when first lighting.

  1. Choose the fuel Selectively

Select only composition logs, white matte paper or real wood for your fireplace. Any other type of material not only damages your flue but can also produce harmful gases, compromising the health of everyone living in home (and your environment around you). If you are burning composition logs in your wood burning fireplace then you should select the material that produces the least pollutants possible.

  1. Inspect the damper regularly

Examine the fireplace regularly to check if there is anything that can block your chimney. If you find any blockage in your wood burning fireplace then you should contact a reputable chimney cleaning service to get the system cleaned. Creosote, is a dark material that develops from wood which has not burnt properly. Creosote is a flammable material that is hazardous and that should be removed as soon as it has been found. You should also check for the soot build up. Creosote and soot, building up inside your chimney can cause dangerous fire inside your chimney

You can follow the above tips to maintain your wood burning fireplace. Try to use hardwoods such as birch, oak or maple to have less soot and creosote accumulation. Enjoy the beauty and warmth.

Views: 51

Tags: fireplaces, wood


You need to be a member of Home Energy Pros Forum to add comments!

Join Home Energy Pros Forum

Comment by Franco Oyuela on January 8, 2019 at 5:53pm

Tips on How to Maintain Your Wood Burning Fireplace.


Forum Discussions


Started by Danny Gough in HVAC. Last reply by Danny Gough on Saturday. 12 Replies

How to Insulate Exposed Outdoor Ductwork?? Help

Started by Daniel Baur-McGuire in General Forum. Last reply by Bradford E. White on Friday. 7 Replies

Where to spend my marketing dollars?

Started by Trip Smith in Marketing. Last reply by Building Performance Institute on Tuesday. 10 Replies

Easy Tests for HVAC during audit

Started by Craig Bird in Weatherization. Last reply by John White May 9. 19 Replies

Water heater ventilation question

Started by Luis Hernandez in General Forum. Last reply by Dennis Heidner May 8. 23 Replies

Polar vortex photos of ice forming INSIDE homes!

Started by Diane Chojnowski in General Forum. Last reply by Michael Cuomo May 4. 1 Reply

LEED for Homes Green Rater Training

Started by Ryan Moore in Training. Last reply by Michael Cuomo May 3. 1 Reply

Latest Activity

Enervest Solar is now a member of Home Energy Pros Forum
26 minutes ago
John White posted blog posts
5 hours ago
Dennis Heidner replied to John S. Rodenhizer's discussion Using radiant barriers as duct insulation, Aka "Bubble wrap" What value do you assign for R-value?
"Read the manufacturers claims and installation steps closely  The foil needs a dead…"
8 hours ago
Danny Gough replied to Danny Gough's discussion REALLY????
"As I have read through everyone's excelent responses, it has caused me to reassess my…"
Tim O'Brien replied to Danny Gough's discussion REALLY????
"Bradford - I have seen single family homes with ducted central AC or heat pump hold enough water…"
Brett Little posted an event

How to Make Money by Cutting Your Home's Carbon Footprint, Heating Bill, and Electricity Bill to Zero - Free CE Webinar at Webinar Online

June 12, 2019 from 12pm to 1:15pm
How to make money by cutting your home's carbon footprint, heating bill and electricity bill to…See More
Emily Ambrose posted a blog post
Building Performance Institute commented on Emily Ambrose's blog post 4 Signs Your Website Is In Need of A Refresh
"Excellent food for thought! Thank you!"

© 2019   Created by Building Performance Association   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service