How to Begin Preparing Your Fireplace for Fall

As hard as it is to admit, summer is quickly coming to a close. While the idea of wrapping up fun outdoor activities might be upsetting, we are quickly warming things up by preparing our indoor gas and woodburning fireplaces for your upcoming fall. In order to get the most out of those cool, cozy evenings, here are a couple suggestions to get your fireplace up and running again.

 

Gas Fueled Fireplaces
Go ahead and start by arranging a service appointment with a certified gas technician to inspect your space. The airways of both the pilot and main burners should be looked at and cleaned to be sure they are working properly.

For those of you who have fireplaces equipped with a blower, be sure to also have this inspected and cleaned. Blowers don’t usually have a filter to protect it from dust and hair building up on its blades which can prematurely wear out bearings by changing the balance. Be sure to also take a look at the motor and interior elements of the blower to ensure dust and buildup is removed and running without hindrance.

 

Wood Burning Fireplaces
First step – clean out old ash and remove any other debris from your fireplace base. The log grate should also be removed and thoroughly. It isn’t the most fun chore but it is helpful, so be sure you’re starting out the season with a nice, clean space.
Be sure to schedule a chimney sweeping before lighting the first fire of the season. You’ll want to be sure any accumulated sticks, leaves and creosote deposits have been removed to avoid a possible chimney fire.

Look for any damaged firebrick and make repairs as needed. To fix, scrape out loose mortar and replace with fresh mortar to ensure regular use from the outdoor elements.

Try and remove excess moisture (which can cause firebrick to crack and creosote to form) by setting a controlled fire using one duraflame log. This is a safe and tried method to prevent damage down the road and ready your space for regular use.

And as always, for both gas burning and wood burning fireplaces, be certain your batteries are replaced for both carbon dioxide and smoke detectors. We can do everything in our power to prevent issues or malfunctions, but it’s important to remember that accidents can and do happen.

We are so excited to help you prepare for this upcoming season and if you don’t yet have a fireplace (or aren’t happy with your current one), we would be glad to schedule a free consultation.