A clean, safe fireplace
is absolutely crucial. There are a few things you need to do every time you build yourself a fire. Regular maintenance will save you aggravation and money in the long run and make your fireplace
safer for the whole family.Tools
Invest in a chimney cap to prevent water damage and keep animals out. The cap will also keep debris from blocking the chimney. A spark arrester will keep any sparks contained inside the chimney, protecting your roof and lawn. A brass or wrought iron fireplace tool set will come in handy. The set contains tools for removing burnt logs from the fireplace, cleaning up ashes and keeping the fire going.
Clean glass fireplace doors regularly to prevent the accumulation of tough stains. When the glass is cool, scrape off deposits with a razor blade, then clean with a squirt of dishwashing liquid or a cup of vinegar in a gallon of warm water. Apply the cleaner and wipe with a lint-free cloth or newspaper. Commercial fireplace glass cleaner is also available.
Ashes can be removed when they have cooled completely, at least three days after the fire has been extinguished. Clean the firebox at least once a week while itís in active use; you can leave an inch of ash inside during this time to act as insulation. Clean it completely in the off-season. Be sure to wear a dust mask and open a window and the damper before cleaning.