5 Fireplace Tips For A Cleveland Winter

Robert Jones of Modern Day Chimney explains how we can make sure our cozy indoor fires are safe.

Those chilly December days are remedied by comfortable clothing, hot cocoa and dancing fire lights. But anyone who’s played with fire knows that it’s not that easy to stick into a log. From checking for repairs to regular cleaning, the charming interior aesthetic of a fireplace deserves some attention beyond the four to five months. The owner of a modern chimney, Robert Jones, sheds light on the subject so that your warm novelty doesn’t go up in smoke.

Before touching the chimney of your new home, Jones recommends getting the chimney checked, regardless of whether the home is fairly new or more than 101 years old. “We often run up with the camera and find holes in the mortar joints, cracked tiles or missing tiles. Just because a fireplace looks brand new and beautiful on the outside, it could be a train wreck inside, ”says Jones.

Keep it clean
Once you’ve made the necessary repairs or repairs, Jones recommends having your chimney cleaned every 60 fires, the equivalent of using the fireplace three or two times a week per season. “The most important part of this is the safety of the fireplace itself,” he says. “Better to see it every year.”

Use the right wood
No, you cannot use your Christmas tree as a lighter. But in general, most wood will work. The key is to make sure it’s seasoned or dried out for a year or two before it’s burned. “You don’t want to cut a tree in June and burn it in September because it will only smolder,” says Jones.

Keep tools close by
A fire extinguisher, shovel, and poker are all part of the fireplace. When cleaning the piled up ash, first make sure you moisten the ash, then use the appropriate filter on your vacuum so the rest of the house doesn’t look like a smoke screen. A non-flammable carpet is another good idea. “You should always have a fire retardant rug in front of the fireplace, at least 5” by 6 “, he says.

Combat drafts
Efficient houses are great. Until cold air extinguishes all attempts to start a fire. When the house is so well sealed, the stove and hot water tank will start drawing air from the chimney to ventilate them on their own. The solution is simple. “Open a window,” says Jones, “that depth will stop.” When the heat rises, the draft is reversed and the window can be closed again as soon as the fire goes out.

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