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.
Question:How can I tell if a wood stove is a cleaner burning, high efficiency model?
Answer: Regulations enacted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) require all wood stoves and wood burning fireplace inserts manufactured and sold after July 1, 1992 to meet strict emission tests. An EPA label identifies a stoves as a cleaner burning, high efficiency model and is found on the back of every certified stove or insert.
Question: How can I tell if a stove or insert is sized right for my home?
Answer: Consider your geographic location and climate, the # of rooms you want to heat, and construction features of your home such as room size, ceiling height, and insulation. Ask us (Branesky Sheet Metal and Stove Shop) for a free consultation. We will help you find the best stove for your space heating requirements.
Question: I already have an older stove. Is there anything I can do to make it burn cleaner?
Answer: Yes. Even if you can’t upgrade to a new EPA-certified stove or fireplace insert right away, you can still improve the performance of your current stove. Have your wood heating system inspected by a National Fireplace Institute (NFI) certified professional or by a Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), certified chimney sweep for proper installation, safety and efficient operation. Sean Cleary, manager of Branesky Sheet Metal is certified by both CSIA and NFI.
You can also reduce emissions by burning ONLY well-seasoned firewood or by starting your fire with a solid fire starter product.
We will give you a free box of the fire starter, when you visit our showroom.
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
Winter is coming to a close! We all need to be careful with our fireplaces and chimneys. Residential fires are often due to creosote build up. All home stoves require maintenance to function efficiently and safely. Here are a few tips to help you in cleaning and maintenance:
1) Have your chimney and wood stove cleaned and inspected annually by a certified chimney specialist. We have one on staff!
2) Make sure your hearth is free of flammable items.
3) Burn seasoned hardwood. Soft, wet wood accelerates the build up of creosote.
To be continued………Norma
Why do we have a NFI (National Fireplace Institute) certified wood and propane stove installer on staff? The answer is for Your piece of mind and safety. We also have a certified chimney sweep on staff as well! We’ve seen many dangerous installations out there. When it matters, trust experience. The staff at Branesky Sheet Metal and Stove Shop is here to help.