Fireplaces have been popular for decades and are one of the ‘must-haves’ in every home, they don’t just create warmth which central heating just cannot but it creates a homely, romantic atmosphere. Perfect for them winter nights. However, even though there are surplus amounts of benefits to having a fireplace, everyone who has one of the more traditional ones will know how hard it is to maintain it. That is why we decided to give you some top tips in order to ensure that maintain your fireplace isn’t a struggle.
Steps on Maintaining Your Fireplace:
- One of the first things which you need to do when maintaining your fireplace is to check and see if there is anything blocking your chimney, for example an animal. You can do this by opening the damper and having a look with a flashlight.
- Second thing which you need to do is clean your fireplace from ash, dirt or any debris. By doing this you will ensure you’re removing anything which could potentially by a fire hazard.
- Then you must light your fire to minimize the smoke, however note that there are different ways to do this, dry wood is the most common as it burns efficiently which causes less smoke. The firewood should be stored a foot or more above the ground which is in a sunny and ventilated area we also advise people to cover the top of the wood but make sure the sides are open. To ensure you buy the right type of wood you must look for dark coloured cords and also be reasonably light.
- Don’t burn anything which isn’t clean or seasoned wood.
Ready to start burning? Well what you need to do is open the damper to make a small fire. When the fire is burning you then need to start adding logs. Note: the way you will know if.
you have a bad fire is if there is smoke appearing.
Now you know a little more about how to maintain a fire, it can be beneficial to know the different types of fireplaces you can have. As you probably already know, fireplaces can often increase the value of your house slightly, so if this is something you would like to reap then consider some of these:
- Coal fire
- Wood burning fire
- Electric fire
- Gas fire
If you would like to find out more information on these and want to look into other options, then visit: www.stonewoods.co.uk/category/antique-fireplaces .