Closing Down Your Wood-Burning Fireplace For The Spring
Spring has arrived and that means it’s time for spring cleaning. Just make sure to not overlook your wood fireplace! Cleaning your wood-burning fireplace will not only make it safer and more efficient for the next season but will also make your fireplace more aesthetically pleasing throughout the summer months. Follow these simple steps to make sure you’re closing down your wood-burning fireplace properly.
Remove Unused Firewood
The first thing to do when closing down a wood-burning fireplace is to get rid of any wood that may still be sitting in the fireplace waiting to be used. Many people think it’s okay to just leave it for the next season, but in reality, idle firewood sitting for months at a time can attract dust and dirt that you’ll have to clean in the fall, and in a worst-case scenario it can attract pests like spiders and mice.
Dispose Of Leftover Ash
Wood ash is extremely acidic and, when combined with moisture, can damage the metal components and masonry inside your wood-burning fireplace. It is best to remove all ashes from your fireplace in the spring to prevent this from happening. When collecting all the leftover ash, make sure to dispose of it properly. While some people choose to just throw their ash in the garbage, there are actually many ways that you can use leftover ash around your home and garden. From slug and snail repellent to compost enrichment, there are many ways you can use leftover ash. Read our blog about ways you can use leftover ash.
Invest In Chimney Cleaning
One of the best times of the year to schedule a chimney cleaning is in the springtime when you decide to close down your fireplace. There are a couple of reasons why spring chimney cleaning is a good choice. Primarily, it’s usually a good idea to have your chimney cleaned before the summer, as summer heat may cause unpleasant smells to come from a dirty chimney, and secondarily, it’s always good to get it out of the way while chimney and fireplace maintenance is still on your mind from the winter that has just passed.
Close The Damper
When you’re officially done with your fireplace for the season and you’re ready to start closing it down, it can really benefit your home to close the damper. The fireplace’s damper is the switch that allows for oxygen to flow through the chimney. When the fireplace isn’t in use the damper can allow conditioned air from the home escape. To seal that draft when the fireplace isn’t in use, simply close the damper for the season but make sure to open it back up in the fall when you start using your fireplace again!
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