How to Get the Best from Your Beautiful Fireplace This Winter
Choosing firewood instead of switching on the thermostat in those early winter months is a great way of saving energy for all homeowners who are lucky enough to have a fireplace. But how would you know if you’re getting the best benefits from your cosy fire?
By simply using common sense practices, you can cut firewood use by more than 30 percent and still maintain a lovely warm home, making it just as comfortable on those cold winter nights.
Check Out the Advice Below, and Wise Up On to Make that Fire Even More Enjoyable.
- Wood Preparation
Ensure that the firewood is properly dried and seasoned as wet or even damp wood can create excessive amounts of smoke which wastes fuel.
- If Possible Purchase Your Wood Locally
Make sure to buy your firewood from a local distributor in your area and make sure that it’s dry, seasoned wood.
- Starting your fire – Learning before Burning
Making a fire should be simple, but as many of you out there already know, there is a technique to creating a strong-burning fire in a limestone fireplace in Moreton-in-Marsh that gives off more warmth with less wood.
Here are three easy steps to getting it just right:
- To start, begin a smallish fire with some dry kindling and then add some small pieces of wood. Provide the fire with lots of air by completely opening the air controls until it is blazing.
- Allow the fire to warm the chimney or flue before adding any more wood.
- Keep some space between the firewood when adding more, and keep a nice bright, hot fire – don’t allow it to smoulder.
- To keep the correct airflow, routinely remove any ashes from your fireplace, and store it outside. Refrain from burning rubbish, cardboard, treated wood or plastic as these will all harm your fireplace and create serious health.
- Making the Most of Your Fire – Circulating that Cosy Air
As most fireplace-users are aware, the lovely warmth from a fire usually remains in the area around your wood-burning appliance, instead of circulating effectively around your home. But, with the use of a couple of easy steps, you can help to assist hot air in spreading more efficiently, and discover a much more cosy and comfortable home.
- To move any trapped hot air near the ceiling, run ceiling fans counter clockwise on low speed, and standing fans can be used those to circulate hot air into other areas. This helps to redirect warm air around the home.
- Also, upgrading insulation in your home will increase comfort levels and stop your cosy warm air from being wasted.
- Maintain your fireplace and replace it as necessary
This one is a non-brainer! Make sure to have a professional chimney sweep annually inspect your fireplace and chimney for things such as gaps, cracks or any creosote build-up as a clean chimney will give you the very best draft and reduce any risks of chimney fires.
Now you’re well on the way to having a lovely snug home this winter!