If there is one special feature that every prospective home buyer looks out for it’s a working fireplace. Nothing can beat a cozy fire on a chilly night. Whether it’s family game night or a romantic evening for two, a fireplace is a warm and inviting feature in any home.
As a new fireplace owner you shouldn’t take that hearth for granted. It might seem like a simple thing to do in terms of lighting a log and watching it crackle, but before you striking the match, there are some things you want to do in preparation for your first fire of the season.
Before Your Fire
Hire a Chimney Cleaner – It’s recommended that you hire a professional chimney sweep to clean out the flue every six months or so. The smoke and ash from a fire can build up in the chimney and actually become a fire hazard. The chimney sweep should also inspect the exterior of the chimney and insure there are no overhanging branches or vines that might spark up. Once your chimney has been swept, consider the following tips for continuing fireplace maintenance and use:
Protect the Floor – Place a nonflammable rug in front of the fireplace. If a burning ember should fly out, better it should land there than on the carpet or wood.
During Your Fire
Use Your Tools – Never use your hands to move a burning log around. That’s what your fireplace tools are for.