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If you recently purchased a home with a fireplace, then it is vital that you know how to properly care for it. While you might believe that all you need to do is burn wood and enjoy its heat, the reality is that your fireplace and its chimney require regular maintenance and inspections to ensure that they are working properly. To this end, follow each of these tips to keep your family warm and safe this winter while burning wood in your new home's fireplace:
Tip: Never Burn Trash in Your Home's Fireplace
One of the best things you can do for your fireplace is to avoid burning trash in it. The inks and chemicals on papers and packaging can cause excessive buildup of creosote and other harmful compounds in your fireplace's chimney. To keep your fireplace clean and safe, it is always advisable to burn hardwood logs that burn very hot and to avoid burning newspapers, junk mail, or other paper waste products in your home's fireplace. You should also try to avoid burning soft woods such as pine and spruce because they burn at a lower temperature and will cause buildup of creosote in your chimney.
Tip: Visually Inspect the Outside of Your Chimney When You Have a Fire in the Fireplace
Since your home's chimney can develop leaks that can be detrimental to its structural integrity, you should make a point of inspecting the chimney from the outside of your home while you have a fire burning in the fireplace. With a burning fire, you can easily spot areas where the fire's smoke is leaking between bricks or out of cracks along the chimney. If you see any areas with black lines caused by smoke, or if you see any smoke coming out of the chimney when the fire is burning, then you should stop burning and have a professional chimney contractor inspect the situation
Tip: Have Your Chimney Professionally Cleaned and Inspected Each Fall
Finally, it is very important that you have a professional chimney sweep come to your home each fall and inspect your fireplace's chimney. If creosote has built up inside of the chimney, then it can start a fire and burn down your home. To prevent a chimney fire and ensure that your fireplace is safe to use each winter, have the creosote removed and the fireplace inspected by a professional before you use it for the first time in winter.