Your fuel supply should consist of a mixture of hardwoods, like maple or oak, and some softwoods, such as fir and pine. When starting your fire, use softwoods. They ignite easily and burn rapidly with a hot flame. Hardwoods provide a longer lasting fire and are best used after preheating the chimney. If hardwoods are available, you can control your fire’s burn rate by using larger pieces of wood.
Branesky’s now offers chimney sweeping. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends that all chimneys and vents be inspected on an annual basis. However, older wood stoves and fireplace inserts create more smoke which allows more creosote to condense requiring more frequent cleanings. We have a CSIA certified chimney sweep on staff. Your safety is important to us! Call Branesky Sheet Metal, Inc. 964-0691 if you have any questions.
Here are some more tips to help you in cleaning & maintenance in your fireplaces and chimneys:
4) Use a stove top thermometer of stovepipe thermometer to help monitor flue temperatures.
5) When stacking wood try to keep it at least 30 feet away from your home.
6) Always us a metal mesh screen with fireplaces that do not have a glass fireplace door.
7) Soak hot ashes in water and place them in a metal container outside and away from your house.
Hope you have a safe Spring! more later……Norma