3 Quick Tips for Preventing Chimney Fires
Having a fireplace in your home can cut electrical costs and add a cozy element to your main room. However, there are some dangers to having a fire in your home, even if it is controlled. During cold Montana winters, we often see and increase in the number of chimney fires or fires caused by fireplaces. Here are a few tips to keep your chimney safe this winter.
Keep your chimney clean
Regular chimney cleaning and chimney sweeps will go a long way toward preventing chimney fires in your home. Notice if the stove is not drafting well, or if smoke comes out the door instead of going up the chimney. This is a sure sign it’s time for your annual chimney cleaning. Besides, having these fumes in the house can pose health risks. This also includes using a creosote remover powder or other product to ensure there is minimal buildup in your chimney.
Use hard, dry wood
Using dry wood will ensure you’re getting the most out of your wood, and wet wood leads to quicker creosote build up in the chimney. It is also important to choose hard firewood, or wood from hard trees. Steer clear of sappy pines, which will quickly build up in your chimney.
Utilize the “burn zone”
There is an art to having a fire in your home. You want to ensure you burn your wood stove hot enough to reach the “burn zone,” or the temperature when wood burns best. This prevents the build up of creosote, and you get the most out of your firewood.
What tips do you have for keeping your wood burning stove safe this winter? Let us know!