There could be many reasons that your fireplace isn’t functioning correctly, and we want to help you solve the problem. Below is a list of potential issues and their respective solutions. Note that this list of problems/solutions is simplified, and a correct understanding of fireplaces requires an expert-level knowledge of airflow patterns.
There is nothing better than a crackling fire on a cold winter night. However, the luxury of having a fireplace also comes with risks. There are several steps you can take to make sure that your chimney is safe to use this winter.
The best way to keep your chimney in proper working condition is to have it inspected regularly. We recommend that you have your chimney examined every year, before winter, to remove creosote and debris.
Creosote is a byproduct of burning wood. Over time, creosote builds up in your chimney and can cause complications. Creosote is toxic and can cause irritated eyes or skin, and respiratory issues. Creosote is also a fire hazard. To prevent against the adverse effects of creosote, have your chimney inspected and cleaned regularly.
Make sure no overhanging tree limbs are encroaching on the chimney. Limbs can present a fire hazard and restrict proper airflow.
It is best if you choose dense wood such as oak. Wood should be split and adequately stored six months before use.