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Making the Most Out of Your Fireplace

Using your fireplace to its fullest
Posted: Oct 9, 2018 at 10:23 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Fireplaces can be a great addition to your home as it can make it look aesthetically pleasing in an instant. It also keeps you warm and cozy — an exceptional feature for the winter time.

Speaking of fireplaces and winter, there are a couple of things that you can do to make the most out of your fireplace during the season. discusses below some tips on that.

Pay attention to the type of wood you are using.

The wood that you will be using for your fireplace should be completely seasoned and dried. Wet or moist wood can waste fuel due to the excessive smoke that it will create.

To get the right type of wood, first, split it properly so it would perfectly fit your stove. Remember not to cut it larger than 6 inches in diameter to make sure that it will burn properly.

Second, stack the wood split-side down to keep the air circulating around the wood. Third, cover the stacked wood with a good tarp cover when you are done using it. Fourth, store the wood for only 6–12 months to make sure that it will be in perfect condition.

Share the warmth.

Circulate the air to make sure everyone in your home gets to feel the warmth that your fireplace brings. To do this, you can run a fan — a ceiling fan to be exact, so you can help circulate the air stuck near the ceiling.

This will help redirect the hot air that’s stuck near your roof all the way to the walls, living area, and into the rooms.

Keep your fireplace properly maintained.

Having a well-maintained fireplace will make it more efficient, as it will produce less smoke. Hire a certified chimney sweeper at least once a year to keep your chimney clean and free of any dust or debris.

Get an EPA-certified wood stove or fireplace insert to make sure your chimney and fireplace will produce less smoke and burn efficiently.

Ask your fireplace supplier for some tips about how you can make your fireplace more efficient and properly maintained.