Despite the growing demand for gas fireplaces, wood burning fireplaces still enjoy vast appeal among homeowners. In addition to warmth, they give the room and the home plenty of charm. The expanding range of fireplace facades, you are guaranteed to find a look that suits your taste. Using a wood burning fireplace must go hand in hand with a commitment to regular maintenance and safety. Here are some considerations you should keep in mind when buying one.
The right type of firebox. Firebox dimensions are sometimes ignored, but these measurement play a role in building efficient fires. A firebox that is the right size also improves the safety of the fireplace and chimney. If it is too small, some of the smoke from the fire may enter the room.
Protecting the fireplace and chimney. Leaks can do a lot of damage to the chimney system over time. If you plan to put in a fireplace, you must think about ways to keep water out. Cover the top of the chimney with a cap, and make sure that the flashing is handled by a professional.
Getting fuel for the fireplace. You must have a steady supply of wood if you want the fireplace to keep you warm during the winter. Whether you plan to cut your own or find a supplier near you, there should be adequate storage. Wood needs to be kept dry to prevent smoky fires, and to slow the creation of creosote. If you plan to cut your own wood, it is best to get started early so that it has enough time to dry properly before the winter season starts.
Keeping it maintained. Maintenance of the fireplace and chimney system is important for efficiency and safety. You need to know what this entails before you make this investment. Regular cleaning will help to prevent the ignition of creosote which can cause a chimney fire. Contact a certified chimney technician early to learn about the inspection and cleaning schedule. You should also try to clear out the fireplace when it is not being used.
If you plan to buy a pre-made fireplace, get some advice from a technician. You might need guidance in getting the right size, and based on the type, the technician will know what size chimney will be needed. You will also learn about additional steps such as insulation to protect ceilings and walls.
Fireplace Safety and Chimney Inspections in Drexel Hill
We have two CSIA Certified chimney sweeps standing by to assist you with your chimney needs. Give us a call at 610-626-2439 to schedule an appointment for a chimney inspection or cleaning. We provide chimney services throughout the Main Line region.