Congratulations on your new home and fireplace! If you've never lived in a house with a fireplace before, you have a few things to learn before you can use the fireplace safely. These tips will help you get started:
Have Your Chimney Inspected
Before you can use your chimney, it needs to be inspected by a masonry contractor. He or she can tell you if your chimney is viable and if it needs to be cleaned. Your masonry contractor may make recommendations for cleaning or repairing. It's critically important that you follow these recommendations before using your fireplace.
Buy the Accessories
Fireplaces need accessories in order to function properly. The previous owners of your home may have left you some of their own accessories, but if they did not, you will need to purchase these items before you can light a fire:
There are many other accessories that you may want for your fireplace, such as a wood rack or glass doors. However, these accessories are less important and may be purchased at a later time.
Burn Seasoned Firewood
If you burn many fires in your fireplace, you'll probably want to buy firewood in bulk from a firewood dealer in your area. Ask your friends or neighbors for recommendations. The firewood you purchase should be properly seasoned, meaning it has sat to dry for at least 6 months or more before burning. Burning green firewood can produce smoke and other pollutants that will dirty your chimney.
Learn the Basics
Good luck with your new fireplace. Keeping a fire burning will make your house warm and cozy this winter. To learn more, contact a company like M Weiss Masonry Inc. with any questions.