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Make the Most of Your Fireplace in Manzanita
Knowing the terms can help. For instance, the fireplace’s flue allows
smoke to move through the chimney, and the damper is an opening you can
adjust to control the intake of air and temperature of the fire. And
don’t forget, the flue needs to be open before a fire is first lit.
Of course, you’ll need to gather some wood to burn, which can be done
by contracting with a provider of seasoned firewood, who will deliver
and even stack it for you, or you can simply buy firewood at your local
grocery store. Also, try searching Craig’s list for free firewood in
Firewood should be stored in a dry place so that it’s ready to burn.
Never use wood from trees that have just been cut down, even if you have
a bunch of it in your backyard from a fallen tree. That wood will most
likely contain high levels of moisture that will result in more smoke
than burn power, and it could lead to deposits forming on the inside of
Once you get your fire going, use a mesh metal screen or glass
fireplace door to keep errant embers from shooting out. This sort of
protection in front of an open flame is especially important when the
room is unoccupied.
It’s always a good idea to close your fireplace down when you’re done
for the season. This can be done by removing all the burnt wood and
debris and washing any soot that is visible. Use a vacuum cleaner to
pick up ashes from around the opening.
Spring and summer are also great times to get your fireplace and
chimney cleaned and inspected by an expert. Chimneys can get dirty
quickly, as creosote, a highly flammable substance, can build up inside
your flue lining. Animals also like to build nests in chimneys, and
leaks and cracks can happen.
Doing this off-season can ensure you’re prepared for the next crisp day when you’re ready to enjoy another evening by the fire.
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