How To Build A Fire In A Fireplace

Unless you’re a boy scout, your method for building a fire is most likely just to throw some logs on the fireplace grate & light them. Growing up, I watched my brother & my father (yes, both boy scouts) carefully stack & move the logs in our fireplace to achieve the perfect flame. We always had controlled-but-nicely-roaring fires and below, you will find out how to build a fire in a fireplace just like they did!

Before You Build It …

  • Make sure that your fireplace has been adequately cleaned. It’s a good idea to have your chimney swept before you start building fires in it for the season. In the off-season, animal nests, leaves, and the remains of last year’s fires can create blockages & will result in a smoke-filled house.
  • Open the damper! If you don’t, you’ll fill your entire house with smoke instead of with the crackling warmth of a cozy fire.
  • If your chimney is built on the outside of your house, the chimney flue will be cold (assuming it is cold outside). When you open the damper, the cold air in the flue will sink because warm air is lighter than cold. If you try to light a fire immediately after opening the damper, you’ll still end up with smoke coming into the house. To counteract this, you’ll need to “prime the flue” by warming it up. If you have a fireplace with a gas pipe to supplement your wood burning, turn on the gas and light the pilot light without any wood in the fireplace. Your flue will warm up in a matter of minutes. If you don’t have that slight advantage, simply light a roll of newspaper and hold it up the damper opening for a few minutes. When you feel the draft reverse, you’ll know the flue is primed!

Build A “Normal” Fire
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What Is That Smell Coming From My Fireplace? | From Nayaug Chimney Sweep

If you own a fireplace, the chances are that it has occasionally given off an odd odor or two. Usually, a simple chimney sweep will take care of the problem. Since there are so many different reasons your fireplace might smell a little off, I thought a recent article by Nayaug Chimney Sweep was just great! They explain what you might be smelling … and why you’re smelling it! This is definitely a handy article to keep around as a “just in case” fact sheet.

Read the article from Nayaug Chimney Sweep
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Fireplace Safety For Babies

Yesterday, I was perusing Twitter in search of some tweets about fireplaces. I happened across a picture of a small child playing with magnets on the family fireplace. A few minutes later, my coworker sent me a picture of a baby opening some fireplace doors. Back on Twitter, I stumbled across yet a third picture of a baby playing on a fireplace hearth … this time with inflatable pool toys. While I don’t believe these three babies and their families are in the majority, I still feel it is
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What Is A Fireplace Insert?

Before I started working for FireplacesNow.com, I had never heard of a fireplace insert. I would have guessed it was something you put inside your fireplace, but I wouldn’t have had any idea why! Assuming some of you are in the same boat, I thought I’d explain …

What Is A Fireplace Insert & What Does It Do?

A fireplace insert is designed to increase heat output, reduce pollutant output, and increase heat efficiency. As I would have guessed before working here, it fits into your pre-existing masonry fireplace. A fireplace
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