A fireplace is the perfect focal point in any room, and a chimney makes a great addition to the exterior of your home. Both should be maintained well and inspected annually to keep them running efficiently and effectively. Here are other chimney basics that every homeowner should know.
1. Check The Structure
The bricks used to build your chimney are not the same used to build your home. Most often, they are firebricks that are designed to withstand higher temperatures. Your chimney may not have been built with these bricks; if not, it should be repaired or reconstructed correctly.
2. Check your Chimney Crown
A chimney crown covers the top of the chimney and is there to protect the chimney from deteriorating in severe weather. The crown keeps out water, debris, and even small animals. If your chimney crown is damaged or non-existent, you should look into getting it taken care of ASAP.
3. Dry Wood is Essential
If you want the perfect fire, you need dry wood. Dry wood burns the brightest and longest. To build the perfect fire, start with kindling, smaller wood, and then move to bigger logs.
4. Get Your Chimney Inspected
A chimney should be inspected every year to ensure the structural safety and cleanliness of it. By doing so, you are keeping your family safe and preventing an out of control fire.
5. Learn Your Chimney Type
The most common chimney we tend to think of is the masonry chimney built of brick, stone or concrete blocks.
There are a couple of different types of metal chimneys, but these are less common than the masonry chimney.
By knowing what type of chimney you have, you will be able to keep it properly maintained.
A warm fire in your fireplace can be the perfect end to a long day. With your fireplace and chimney adequately maintained, you can enjoy your fire without the worry of an out of control fire. If your chimney needs repair or inspection, give us a call!