Cold temperatures have finally hit South Georgia and with that has come the cozy burn of fireplaces! Is your wood-burning fireplace ready? It will be if you follow these tips.
Burn only dry, seasoned wood
Make sure the wood you burn has been split, stacked and dried for 8-12 months. Cover your log pile with a tarp but be sure to leave the sides open for proper ventilation. The best woods to burn? Oak is at the top of the list, but we also love pecan, hickory, and maple. Remember – the drier the wood, the better!
Burn only firewood
You may be tempted to burn scrap wood such as leftover crates or painted woods, but these woods have been treated with chemicals that are released when burned. No one wants a house filled with toxins! Fire starters are great to use to get your fire started but only use one at a time.
Keep your damper closed when your fireplace is not in use
Hot air rises so keeping the damper of your fireplace open all the time will allow your heated air to escape through the fireplace. It’s very important that your damper is fully opened when burning your wood fire.
Install a chimney cap
Chimney caps prevent unwanted objects, rain, and snow from coming down your chimney. They also work to reduce downdrafts.
Make sure your chimney is cleaned
Creosote is an extremely flammable byproduct of burning wood. You can’t stop creosote from building up so to ensure safety, we recommend chimneys be professionally cleaned twice per year for households that burn more than three cords of wood per season.
Play it safe with detectors
Make sure you have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors installed near your fireplace and in each bedroom.
Fireplaces are a beautiful and efficient means to warm your home during cold weather. By following these tips, you will enjoy a safe and cozy season! If you have any questions about maintaining your fireplace, please call us at 229.435.6116! We will be glad to assist you.