Get an Early Start on Preparing Your Fireplace for WinterYou’re just a few months away from cooler overnight temperatures. That means it’s time to get an early start on preparing your fireplace for winter. Our fireplace experts at A Sweep Across the Bay in Sarasota can make sure your fireplace ready for those nights when a cozy fire feels just right. Keep your family safe with help from the experts!

The list below includes a few things that need to be addressed if you want to get an early start on preparing your fireplace for winter. By tackling this now, issues can be fixed without stress.

  • We recommend that you get a fireplace and chimney inspection According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America, there are different levels of inspections, but at the very least you should have an examination of the chimney’s exterior and interior structures, as well as all connections.
  • Did you know that even a tiny crack in your flue can create a fire? With A Sweep Across the Bay, our technician will check for the soundness of the chimney and the flue and also make sure it was installed the right way. In addition, we’ll make sure the fireplace is free of obstructions and combustible deposits, even clean your chimney if needed.
  • The fireplace mortar needs to be checked out too. If it is damaged or there are bricks that have become loose or cracked, it could allow moisture to get into your chimney. Moisture can cause damage, and you will want to have it repaired quickly.
  • If you have a gas-fueled fireplace, don’t forget to have the blower cleaned because it doesn’t have a filtering system to prevent dust from clogging it up.
  • Does your chimney have a cap? If not, you should have one installed. It will help keep rain out of your chimney and prevent animals from getting in. Chimney caps can also help prevent fires if they have a mesh spark guard that stops burning embers from flying out of the chimney.
  • We’re sure you already know this, but make sure your wood is dried and stored properly. Also, choose the right type of wood so you can have a good fire and the least amount of flammable creosote deposited in the chimney. Seasoned hardwoods burn longer than softwoods but softwoods are often better because they don’t leave smoldering and smoky wood coals behind.

When cooler weather comes to town, here are a couple tips for safe and enjoyable fires:

  • A good habit to get into is to always close the glass doors or metal curtains in front of your fireplace. This will stop the embers from jumping out and possibly starting a fire.
  • Skip using flammable liquids to start a fire. Use small pieces of dry kindling to get your fire going. Also, always put the logs on the metal grate near the back of the fireplace, but not too many. This can make the fire too hot, which may cause a chimney fire or flue damage.

Now that you know how to get an early start on preparing your fireplace for winter, contact the fireplace experts at A Sweep Across the Bay. We can take care of everything for you, and you can rest easy knowing that your fireplace is safe and ready for enjoyment.