To-Do List Before Lighting Your First Fire of the Season

Cooler fall weather can make you look forward to a warm fire in your home. However, it can be dangerous to run headlong into lighting a fire without proper preparation. Before the first fire in your fireplace, it would be a good idea to go through the checklists below to ensure the safety of your household.

TO-DO LIST FOR THE CHIMNEY

Whether you burn wood or use a 'gas log set' in your fireplace, you need to check specific safety items regularly. Failure to do so can be dangerous if you attempt to light a fire.

  • The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) states that wood-burning chimneys for fireplaces, stoves, and inserts should be inspected annually and cleaned if necessary. This is an essential step to attend to during the summer or early fall, before the burning season. Professional chimney technicians will thoroughly inspect and remove any soot, creosote, or debris from your chimney, which will help prevent a chimney fire.
  • Professionals will also check the condition of your flue lining. Even a tiny crack in the flue can cause a dangerous situation. It can put your family and property at risk. The purpose of an inspection and cleaning is to make sure your chimney and fireplace are safe and ready to use.
  • Chimney structures are high and out of sight from the ground, but they should not be out of mind. If you see loose or missing mortar or maybe damaged and cracked bricks, it's entirely possible that moisture has infiltrated your chimney system. This moisture can cause issues inside the chimney that will not be noticeable from the ground. Moisture damage will not fix itself. It needs to be evaluated and repaired as quickly as possible.
  • If there is no cap on your chimney, have one installed as soon as possible. Chimney caps serve several essential functions. They help keep moisture and critters out and can help to prevent house fires. A mesh screen or spark arrestor installed with a chimney cap will help control errant sparks and embers as they exit the chimney.
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TO-DO LIST FOR THE FIREPLACE

  • Experts recommend that fireplaces and wood stoves be inspected annually for any damage or signs of wear. Your professional chimney tech can evaluate your appliance to ensure optimum performance.
  • What’s the best wood to burn in your fireplace, stove, or insert? D-R-Y wood. After it’s cut, split, stacked, and covered, leave it for a year before burning it. Seasoned hardwoods will burn longer than softwoods. If you want a shorter fire, maybe just to take the chill out of the house in the morning, then softwoods might be a better choice because they will burn out quickly and won’t leave smoldering wood coals to linger.
  • If you’re using a masonry fireplace, place the logs on a metal grate at the back of the fireplace. Never, ever use flammable liquids to start a fire. Always use dry kindling to get a fire started.
  • Don’t overfill a masonry fireplace and create a blaze too large to control. The extreme temperatures may cause a chimney fire or damage the flue.
  • Close the spark screen or glass doors in the front of your fireplace to prevent embers from popping into the room and causing damage to the carpeting or igniting something on fire.
  • If you have a gas log set installed in a wood-burning fireplace, have it inspected by a qualified gas technician before use. They will check for gas leaks, flame impingement, the correct gas pressure, and other items. They will also have materials to enhance the appearance of the glowing embers.
  • A blower on the appliance should be cleaned regularly as there is no filtering system to prevent dust from hindering its operation.

Once your checklist is done, you’re all set to safely enjoy your fireplace on a cold, wintry day.

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Auburn, AL

Top Hat Chimney Sweeps
1280 Financial Ct.
Auburn, AL 36830

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Elk Grove, CA

Custom Fireside Shops
9097 Elk Grove Blvd.
Elk Grove, CA 95624

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Sacramento, CA

Custom Fireside Shops
5455 Auburn Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95841

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Durango, CO

Durango Outdoor Living
140 Rock Point Drive
Durango, CO 81301

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Durango, CO

Four Corner Stoves & Spas
3001 Main Avenue
Durango, CO 81301

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Grand Junction, CO

Stove Depot and Chimney Works
330 North Ave.
Grand Junction, CO 81501

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New London, CT

Family Hearth and Patio LLC
571 Broad Street
New London, CT 06320

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Ridgefield, CT

Yankee Doodle, Inc.
71 Ethan Allen Highway
Ridgefield, CT 06877

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Dover, DE

Byler's Stove Shoppe, Inc.
1368b Rose Valley School Rd.
Dover, DE 19904

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Destin, FL

Doodlebuggers Service Network
36054 Emerald Coast Parkway
Destin, FL 32541

Bettendorf, IA

Fireplaces Plus, Inc.
1745 State Street
Bettendorf, IA 52722

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Rockford, IL

Advanced Chimney Systems, Inc.
3486 Lonergan Drive
Rockford, IL 61109

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Wauconda, IL

Grass Roots Energy, Inc.
28751 N Route 12
Wauconda, IL 60084

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Evansville, IN

Firemaster, Inc.
5300 E Morgan Avenue
Evansville, IN 47715

Jeffersonville, IN

Olde Towne Chimney & Fireplace Sales
915 Nachand Ln
Jeffersonville, IN 47130

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Overland Park, KS

Kansas City Fireplace Center
10470 Metcalf Avenue
Overland Park, KS 66212

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Erlanger, KY

TateBuilder's Supply, LLC
3511 Dixie Highway
Erlanger, KY 41018

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Littleton, MA

Woodstove, Fireplace and Patio Shop, Inc.
60 White Street
Littleton, MA 01460

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Seekonk, MA

The Fireplace Showcase
775 Fall River Ave
Seekonk, MA 02771

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Sudbury, MA

Woodstove, Fireplace and Patio Shop, Inc.
348 Boston Post Road
Sudbury, MA 01776

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Duluth, MN

Duluth Stove & Fireplace
2431 W Superior Street
Duluth, MN 55806

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Minneapolis, MN

Woodland Stoves & Fireplaces
2901 Franklin Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN 55406

Oakdale, MN

Energy Savers of Minnesota
6298 Highway 36 Blvd N
Oakdale, MN 55128

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Rochester, MN

Brekke Fireplace Shoppe
1904 S. Broadway
Rochester, MN 55904

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Walker, MN

Wilkening Fireplace Company
9608 State 371 NW
Walker, MN 56484

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Charlotte, NC

The Hearth and Patio
4332 Monroe Road
Charlotte, NC 28205

Fargo, ND

Home Heating, Plumbing & A/C Inc.
701 28th Street South
Fargo, ND 58103

Fargo, ND

Hebron Brick Company
2300 Main Avenue
Fargo, ND 58103

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Omaha, NE

Fireplace By Design
13913 R Plaza
Omaha, NE 68137

Epping, NH

The Stove Shoppe
285, Calef Highway Rte. 125
Epping, NH 03042

Windham, NH

The Stove Shoppe
25 Indian Rock Road
Windham, NH 03087

Hamilton, NJ

Bowden's Fireside - Hearth & Home
1731 Nottingham Way
Hamilton, NJ 08619

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Voorhees, NJ

Rettinger Fireplace Systems, Inc
476 Centennial Blvd
Voorhees, NJ 08043

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Yorktown Heights,, NY

Fire Glow Distributors, Inc.
173 Tomahawk St
Yorktown Heights,, NY 10598

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Canfield, OH

Youngstown Propane, Inc.
4445 Boardman-Canfield Rd.
Canfield, OH 44406

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St. Henry, OH

Buschur's Refrigeration, Inc.
541 N Eastern Avenue
St. Henry, OH 45883

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Portland, OR

Classic Heat Source Inc
18430 SE Burnside Street
Portland, OR 97233

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Emmaus, PA

Stoves 'n Stuff, LTD
683 State Rd/Lehigh St
Emmaus, PA 18049

Media, PA

Chimney Cricket
101 State Road
Media, PA 19063

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Stroudsburg,, PA

Stoves 'n Stuff, LTD
1523 N. Ninth Street
Stroudsburg,, PA 18360

Tamaqua, PA

Stoves 'n Stuff, LTD
561 West Penn Pike
Tamaqua, PA 18252

Rapid City, SD

Hebron Brick Company
1543 Deadwood Ave
Rapid City, SD 57709

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Sioux Falls, SD

Hebron Brick Company
2211 W. 50th Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57105-6525

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Vermillion, SD

Kalin's Indoor Comfort Inc.
710 Cottage Avenue
Vermillion, SD 57069

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Manassas, VA

Winston's Chimney Service
11301 Industrial Road
Manassas, VA 20109

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Barre, VT

Chimney Sweep Fireplace Shop
1284 US Rte, 302 Ste 10
Barre, VT 05641-2317

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Bennington, VT

Friends of The Sun
126 Hicks Avenue
Bennington, VT 05201

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Manchester, VT

Friends of The Sun
159 Depot Street
Manchester, VT 05255

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Shelburne, VT

Chimney Sweep Fireplace Shop
3113 Shelburne Road
Shelburne, VT 05482

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White River Jnct, VT

Home Comfort Warehouse
54 Bridge Street
White River Jnct, VT 05001

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Burlington, WI

Burlington Fireplace & Heating LLC
857 Milwaukee Ave.
Burlington, WI 53105

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Madison, WI

Top Hat
5117 Verona Rd
Madison, WI 53711

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West Salem, WI

American Home Fireplace & Patio
240 County Road M North
West Salem, WI 54669

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Morgantown, WV

Rustic By Design
709 Beechurst Ave. Suite 15
Morgantown, WV 26505

Laramie, WY

High Country Stoves & Fireplaces
860 N. 3rd Street
Laramie, WY 82072

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2 Responses

  1. Jen
    Bought a condo that has a gas fireplace. Never have had "gas" in my home b4 EXCEPT furnace & h.w.heater. My son-in-law & I wanted to/tried to start LAST Christmas... Both of us didn't want to DO anything for fear of fire/the possibility. Called a local chimney & fireplace store MONTHS ago & never heard back. Considered asking my neighbors but not sure. Any advice???
    • Joseph Bodden
      Jen: Go to this site and find your nearest dealer for assistance. https://welovefire.com/grill-bbq-fireplace-stores/ Scroll to the bottom to search in your state or province.

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