Most days, we can feel the crisp fall air, especially when nighttime hits. Before we know it, we’ll need to crank that heat up and get the fireplace stoked with wood to save on our heating costs, like we do every year around this time. But contrary to what some may believe, you really shouldn’t just throw some logs on and get the fire going. There are things that should be done beforehand and I’ve partnered with Pine Mountain to share some tips on preparing your indoor fireplace for fall and winter. As always, opinions are my own.
Tips on preparing your indoor fireplace for fall and winter
- Sweep the chimney – This should be done once a year according to The National Fire Protection Association, to remove dangerous soot and debris.
- Check for chimney damage – Check the structure of the chimney as well as the lining for cracks, any loose bricks or missing mortar. You also want to take this time to make sure that your chimney is properly and securely attached to your house. Also, You should also check for water damage too.
- Clean the blower – Most fireplace blowers don’t have a filter, so be sure to check it and clean it if needed.
- Check the flue – The flue regulates air flow inside of your chimney. Make sure that it’s working before you start using the fireplace. If it’s not opening correctly, the smoke will stay inside your home.
- Check the chimney cap – Make sure that the chimney cap is in place and not damaged so that birds, rain, and other debris don’t get inside your house.
- Make sure smoke alarms are working – Smoke alarms are always important so make sure to replace batteries as needed in all of the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors around your house.
- Use Pine Mountain’s Creosote Buster Firelog – You should use a Pine Mountain Creosote Buster Firelog each year when you start your first fire, then every 40 fires afterward.
Prevent dangerous chimney fires with the Pine Mountain Creosote Buster Firelog designed with First Alert™, the most trusted brand in home safety products. Used once per season, Creosote Buster firelog reduces creosote buildup and the chance of a home heating fire, the second leading cause of home fires.
We started using Pine Mountain Creosote Buster Firelog last year and use it throughout the season as we generally have anywhere from 4-6 months where we use our indoor fireplace. It’s super simple to use just by following the directions on the package, which is literally just placing the Pine Mountain Creosote Buster Firelog after your fire has been going for 30 minutes. It will burn along with the rest of the wood, busting the creosote in the process!
Pine Mountain actually makes an assortment of products that are great for getting cozy by the fire and you should check them out to see which is the perfect fit for your family. You’ll probably love this Bacon Spinach and Mozzarella Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe that I made last year when I started the grill by myself and here are some date night ideas that don’t have to be just for Valentine’s Day!