- Use seasoned wood when possible
- Warm the flue before starting a fire
- Build smaller, hotter fires that burn more completely and produce less smoke
- Don’t restrict air supply to fireplace or stove
- Use a metal container for ash removal
- Don’t leave a fire unattended
- Cover all flue openings with a rain cap with mesh
- Use spark arrestor screening on the Fireplace opening for protection from sparks
- Never burn cardboard boxes, wrapping paper, trash or Christmas trees in the fireplace or stove
- Have a fire extinguisher nearby
- Use smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
- Have a professional check the flue system annually for cracks and creosote build-up…more often if you are a frequent burner
- In the event of a flue fire, call the fire department to make sure the fire has been completely extinguished and call a chimney profession to have the flue checked before using again
Wood Pellet Stove Hints:
- Buy good quality pellet fuel
- Follow proper pellet fuel storage procedures by keeping dry and away from moisture
- Clean after burning 2 tons of fuel or semi-annually:
- Exhaust vent
- Fresh air intake tube
- All hinges
- Clean weekly:
- Burn pot and liner
- Ash pan
- Door glass
- Heat exchanger tubes
- Your pellet stove maintenance may differ from above, see the Owners’ Manual or service professional
- Familiarize yourself with pellet stove operation to receive best service
Thanks for helping me understand that we should have a screen in place to ensure that we are safe from sparks. I will definitely have one installed when I hire contractors to build a fireplace in my dream home. This will be perfect for our family since we have kids and pets that might be curious about the fire for the fireplace which can lead them to go near the area.
Thanks for the information. sounds so great and helpful. Kudos!
it’s interesting to know that you should never burn cardboard boxes, wrapping paper or Christmas trees int the fireplace. My mother moved to a house with a fireplace, and we are looking for advice about how to take care of it. I will make sure to let her know these fireplace tips to keep her fireplace working properly.
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