It is time to get cozy as the temps are going to really plummet this weekend and a lot of snow is going to fall.
- We like to make fires and drink wine as we watch the snow fall outside the living room window.
Wood burning fireplaces are a popular feature in many homes and can be an excellent source of warmth and ambiance during the colder months. However, there are important considerations to keep in mind when using a wood burning fireplace, particularly when it comes to the potential for fires. One of the primary concerns with wood burning fireplaces is the buildup of creosote in the chimney. Creosote is a flammable substance that is produced when wood burns, and it can accumulate in the chimney over time. If too much creosote builds up, it can ignite and cause a chimney fire. To prevent this from happening, it’s important to have your chimney cleaned regularly by a professional heating tech. Another factor that can contribute to fires in wood burning fireplaces is the type of wood that is used. Hardwoods, such as oak and maple, are denser and burn hotter and longer than softwoods, such as pine and cedar. Softwoods tend to produce more creosote and can increase the risk of a chimney fire if not burned properly. It’s also important to use seasoned wood, which has been allowed to dry for at least six months, as wet or green wood can produce more smoke and creosote. In addition to these considerations, it’s important to take proper safety precautions when using a wood burning fireplace. Make sure to use a fireplace screen to prevent sparks and embers from flying out of the fireplace and starting a fire.