Preparing Your Fireplace For Fall

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It’s about to be Fall in a month! Heaters across Massachusetts will be kicking on for the season, and fireplaces will be sparking to life. Along with the rest of your cold-weather essentials, fireplaces should be prepped and ready for the season. Here are four easy steps to prepare your fireplace for Fall weather:

Remove Ashes & Debrisf

The first step is to clean out any old ash and take any other debris out of the fireplace. Remove the log grate and completely clean it as well. This isn’t something you’re going to want to do, but it will help you to start the season with a beautiful, clean space.

Check The Firebrick

Search the fireplace for any loose or cracked firebrick and repairs it as needed. To fix them, scrape out the loose mortar with a scoring tool and clean it with a brush or vacuum. After that, brush water into the joints and onto the surrounding brick faces (mortar doesn’t adhere well to dry brick).

Check The Chimney and Flue

Check your flue and chimney and remove any obstructions – fallen sticks, leaves, etc. It is recommended that you have a chimney inspection every year by a certified chimney sweep to determine if there is a large amount of creosote buildup. If a layer of over 1/8 has built up, it should be removed to reduce the risk of a chimney fire. 

Get Rid Of Extra Moisture

Set a small fire (i.e., one Duraflame log) to help dry out and remove any extra moisture, which can cause the firebrick to become damaged or form creosote, as well as other damages to the fireplace. If you think that your fireplace has a lot of moisture or if you are planning on burning a fire in a brand new fireplace, follow these steps to dry it out:

  • Get two logs and burn 1/3 of the first log
  • Wait 2-4 days and then burn the rest of the first log
  • Wait another 2-4 days and burn the whole second log
  • Wait another few days, and the fireplace will be ready for regular wood-burning use 

After all of these steps, you’ll be all set to enjoy your fireplace the season long. Make sure you use seasoned, dry wood (wood that has been cut and dry for around 6-12 months) for burning and continue to clear out the ash regularly. The smart idea is to clean when the ash reaches the bottom of the grate.

Contact New England Hearth & Home

New England Hearth & Home can help you get ready for Fall. Whether you are looking to get a new fireplace installed, or need help getting your existing one ready for the season, we can be here for you! Give us a call at 781-562-0771 for more information.

Planning for an Outdoor Fireplace

outdoor fireplace

Looking for a way to add some flair to your backyard? Outdoor fireplaces can provide warmth and can be an inviting area where guests can gather and relax! It can also be a focal point of your yard and make a statement. Spring or winter, a fireplace is great for all season. Lighting a fire in the summer is great for cooler nights. If you are considering an outdoor fireplace or fire pit, it’s essential to know the facts to figure out the one you’d want.

Outdoor Fireplace vs. Fire Pit

There are many opportunities to enjoy and use a fire pit or outdoor fireplace. Outdoor fireplaces can take up a lot of space, which is excellent for a big area to work with. They can be custom-built, portable, and prefabricated. Custom-built ones are a more expensive option and designed from the ground up. A portable fireplace is ideal for people who like to change around the setup of their yard or move around a lot. Prefabricated fireplace kits are an option for people who like certain designs and want to build around that design at a cheaper cost. An outdoor fire pit is a more casual option, and are fairly less of a price to construct. However, since it’s open, smoke with have more areas to drift around, and using it for cooking may be harder to do.

What is the purpose of building an outdoor fireplace?

Outdoor fireplaces are a great gathering spot for backyard barbecues, cookouts, and more. You can add comfortable seating around it, including outdoor couches and lounging chairs. You can also enhance the landscaping around the fireplace area by adding potted plants or new flowers. This is an excellent opportunity to make your yard visually appealing and create a new space.

Are there safety concerns when planning for an outdoor fireplace?

Just like having a fireplace indoors, thinking about fireplace safety is normal. Try to keep water nearby, whether it’s a hose or even from a pool. Never install an outdoor fireplace on bare wood. That’s asking for trouble! Don’t burn plastics, trash, or treated in your outdoor fireplace. Even though you are outside, they still release toxic gases that are dangerous to breathe in. Have the fireplace installed at least 100 feet away from the home and any other surrounding structures. Be sure there no bushes, hanging tree limbs, or branches nearby. 

Contact Us for Outdoor Fireplace Services

New England Hearth & Home can install a fireplace for you anywhere in your home – or outside! Whether you want to make your pool area more inviting or set one up around your outdoor kitchen, we can make it happen! Give us a call or fill out our contact form to get in touch.