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Turn Up the Heat with Your Fireplace (But Follow These Tips First)

October 17, 2017 | STORY BY NAPOLEON HOME COMFORT

sponsored // Whether gas or wood, we've got tips to get your fireplace ready for the heating season.

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Whether you have a wood-burning or gas fireplace it is important to properly prepare it for the fall and winter seasons to ensure its functionality and your safety. 
 
The average homeowner can conduct a few simple inspections and arrange cleaning tasks to prevent accidents. Follow these tips from the experts at Napolean Fireplaces. When in doubt, contact your local fireplace installer or chimney sweep. 

 

Wood-Burning Fireplaces

 

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. 

 
2. Inspect all gaskets and replace as required, such as the gasket sealing the door, door glass or in some cases the ash dump. If an airtight appliance is operated without these gaskets effectively sealing the openings, excess air can leak into
the firebox creating an over-fire condition, 
which may permanently damage the fireplace.
 
3. Clean the blower if your wood-burning appliance is equipped with one. Unlike your furnace blower, these blowers do not have a filtering system to prevent the buildup of dust and hair on the blower. 
 
4. Replace any broken or deteriorated brick lining in the wood-burning appliance. While cracks in the lining are not a concern, if the brick lining is deteriorated to the point that the steel body is exposed, the heat from the fire can cause permanent damage to the appliance.
 
5. Test your smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors 
and replace their batteries annually to ensure these
defense monitors are operating properly.
 
 

Gas Fireplaces

 

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. 
2. Clean the blower if your gas-burning appliance is equipped with one. Unlike your furnace blower, these blowers do not have a filtering system to prevent the buildup of dust and hair on the blower. As the dust accumulates on the blower blades, the balance of the blower will change causing premature wearing of the bearings. The dust also insulates the motor; preventing it from being cooled and can eventually cause the motor to cease up.
 
3. Replace the batteries in any optional remote
transmitters and in some cases, in the receiver
as well. Even when not being used the power held
in a battery is slowly depleted.
 
4. Test your smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors 
and replace their batteries annually to ensure these
defense monitors are operating properly.

Visit Napoleon Home Comfort to find the right fireplace for you, or pick up accessories and parts.
Napoleon Fireplaces are manufactured in Barrie, Ontario. 
 
24 Napoleon Rd., Hwy. 11 & 93, Barrie 
705.721.1214

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