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