A wood-burning fireplace has several advantages over a gas-fueled fire. For one, you cannot get the cozy atmosphere with the sight, smell, and sound of burning wood with a gas fireplace. Another benefit to a wood-burning fireplace is its inexpensive fuel cost. If you can cut your own wood, you will have a free source of winter heating fuel. If you are not able to cut your own wood supply, the cost of wood is still cheaper than natural gas, electricity, and oil. At Bart Fireside, we want our customers to fully enjoy the benefits of their wood-burning fireplaces, and we would like to share with you some tips on the best ways to maintain your fireplace to get the most out of this heating appliance in your home.
Annual Chimney Sweeping and Inspection
When you have a wood-burning fireplace, it is crucial for you to have the chimney swept and inspected once a year, every year. This simple maintenance task keeps your fireplace working safely and prevents deadly hazards such as a chimney fire caused by a large amount of creosote deposits inside your chimney. A highly flammable compound, creosote is the natural result of condensation that occurs when burning wood, and when creosote accumulates in large amounts, it becomes a leading cause of chimney fires. You will also want to monitor creosote accumulations in between your annual cleaning to be sure your chimney is free from this possibly deadly danger.
Chimney Cap Installation
If you do not have a chimney cap on top of your chimney, you should not hesitate to contact Bart Fireside to have one installed as soon as possible. Your best protection from water penetration and animal intrusion, a chimney cap can prolong the life of your fireplace and allow you to enjoy its benefits without having to worry about water damage repairs or animals becoming stuck inside your chimney.
Stainless Steel Chimney Relining
A stainless steel chimney liner is durable enough to last the lifetime of your fireplace and chimney. You need a chimney liner to protect yourself from carbon monoxide leaks and to protect your masonry chimney from heat exposure. With a stainless steel liner, you will not have to worry about cracks and gaps occurring in the liner, which can cause the toxic byproducts of combustion to enter your home.
Using dry, seasoned firewood helps your fireplace to burn at its highest efficiency level. Burning freshly-cut wet wood can cause problems such as an increased creosote accumulation and a smoky fireplace. Choosing to use seasoned firewood lets your fireplace burn cleaner and safer.
Glass Fireplace Doors
To truly increase the benefits of your wood-burning fireplace, consider installing heat-proof glass fireplace doors to protect against heat loss. These doors also add an important safety feature to your fireplace by keeping live embers from escaping the fire into your home and possibly starting a fire.
Want to learn more about the benefits of a wood-burning fireplace? Contact Bart Fireside to talk to our expert staff about how you can enjoy a safe and efficient wood fire.