No Short Cuts When It Comes to a Wood Burning Fireplace

No Short Cuts When It Comes to a Wood Burning Fireplace

No Short Cuts When It Comes to a Wood Burning Fireplace by Superior Chimney

There’s nothing more beautiful, warm and inviting than a
wood burning fireplace. It’s frequently featured in family pictures and is
often the center of attention in a home. That’s because a wood burning
fireplace is special. Some enjoy watching the flames and listening to the
crackles of the burning wood. Others enjoy tending to the fire, often picking
up the poker to adjust the log by an inch. Children often lay in front of the
fireplace to feel its warmth.

As much attention as we give a fireplace, it’s critical to
place the same amount of devotion to the care of wood burning fireplaces. On
our website,
we report on chimney
. Our intention is to educate and prevent fires, injury and damage to
your family and home. In the month of December, there were over 70 fires
reported in the online news, a few were right here in Park Ridge, Deer Park and

Common Cause & Prevention of Chimney Fires

Last article
or post, we (and Santa) talked about keeping holiday wrappings and the
Christmas tree away from the fireplace as they both are highly flammable. We’ve
also talked about the build-up of creosote for good
reason. It’s the most common cause of chimney fires. So, how can you keep the
build-up of creosote to a minimum? Here are a few tips:

  • Have Superior Chimney clean and check your
    and chimney each year
  • Keep the damper
    open to allow proper airflow
  • Minimize the amount of wood burning in the
    firebox at one time
  • Use seasoned wood, as it removes moisture
    allowing for a better and safer burn

What are the Signs of a Chimney on Fire?

Superior Chimney is often asked, “How do I know if my
chimney is on fire?” This is a great question. If you know what to
listen…look…or smell for, that can help.

  • Listen: the fireplace can have a loud crackling
    sound or a popping sound. It may even sound like a freight train or an
  • Look: the chimney can have flames shooting out
    from the top, or lots of dense smoke entering your home.
  • Smell: the fireplace can have a hot intense
    smoky, bad smell.

It’s true that the article talked about prevention before
the signs of a fire, and it’s for a good reason. Superior Chimney wants you to
get the most enjoyment from your wood burning fireplace in the safest way
possible. So if you haven’t cleaned your
fireplace and chimney
yet, now’s the time to get it done so you can ring in
the New Year with family and friends by the fireplace…safely.

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