Turn Up the Heat with Your Fireplace (But Follow These Tips First)
sponsored // Whether gas or wood, we've got tips to get your fireplace ready for the heating season.
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1. Have the chimney cleaned before starting to burn your wood-burning fireplace, stove or insert. The leading cause of fires from wood-burning appliances is the result of creosote (unburned fuel) that has accumulated in the chimney.
1. Have the appliance serviced by a qualified technician. A properly maintained fireplace can look as new as the day it was installed and a proper cleaning can help prevent permanent damage from occurring. Although a gas fireplace may appear to be maintenance-free, these combustion systems are like a car engine and can be affected by dust and even insects can impair their performance.
The airways of both the pilot and main burners should be regularly cleaned to ensure that they are operating correctly
and a general inspection of the entire system
including the safety controls is also beneficial.
The glass must be cleaned annually to
keep it looking clear.