I think it’s safe to say that while living in New England during winter, there isn’t a more picturesque moment than sipping hot chocolate while reading a book with the snow falling outside and a blaze in your fireplace keeping you cozy and warm. But in order to have this moment out of a Emerson or Thoreau poem, you first need to make sure that your fireplace and the products/equipment you are using are the right ones and safe to use.
Okay, I think it’s safe to say that most of us who have a fireplace probably don’t chop their own wood like in the olden days, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect to know what are the best types of wood to burn. Those would be: American beech, apple, ironwood, red oak, shagbark hickory, sugar maple, white ash, white oak, and yellow birch.
Here’s some other tips for your to follow to ensure that you have your cozy and quaint New England moment, and not a house fire and a Connecticut homeowners insurance claim.
· You certainly don’t want insects to venture into your home, so make sure you don’t store firewood directly on the ground or touching your house. Allowing air to circulate around the wood also helps it dry.
· Haven’t used your fireplace in a long time? Before you light some logs, make sure it’s fully safe and inspected by a professional.
· Ensure that the damper is open before lighting a fire. Leaving the damper open for a while before attempting to light a fire may help move the cold air out of the flue and avoid a momentary spillback when the fire is first lit.
· If a fresh air vent is present to bring in combustion air from outdoors, make sure the opening is clear of ash or logs that may obstruct airflow.
So hopefully these few tips will have you enjoying your fire place the way it was intended. Like I said earlier, there’s nothing better than a good book, a cup of cocoa, and a fire to keep you warm during these cold nights of winter!