Once a year or after approximately 75 to 85 burns. Regular maintenance is imperative for the safety of the household as well as the proper functioning of the burning apparatus and the chimney. A good time of year to have the chimney serviced is in spring or early summer when the burning season has ended.
Writing down the facts about the home itself is a good place to start. Measuring the dimensions of the room and making accommodations for multiple windows are important. Lots of windows means the stove will have to crank out more heat to keep the home warm. Also, determining how much of the home the stove will heat is most important.
Absolutely. Wood that isn't seasoned has excess moisture, and particularly in older stove without catalytic converters, that moisture accumulates on the insides of the chimney on the lining called the flue, causing potentially hazardous conditions. This moisture is called creosote, and it is highly flammable. Excessive build up of creosote is the cause of many chimney fires.
Yes. All chimneys benefit from cleaning. Chimney sweeps are qualified to clean and service chimneys, heating appliances and some chimney sweeps are certified to service venting of appliances such as dryers
Types of Fireplaces
Fireplaces are made in many different types. There are traditional fireplaces that are built in to the home right into the wall. These fireplaces have a hearth and a masonry chimney. read more
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