Should I Be Using My Fireplace in The Summer
Since summers in Buffalo and around the Western New York area can be mild with cool evenings in the 60s, many folks wonder if they should be using the fireplace. The good news is that with proper maintenance and regular chimney sweeping, you can use your gas or wood-burning fireplace any time of year, even in the summer! As a matter of fact, many neighbors are installing outdoor fireplaces for summer enjoyment.
Clean The Fireplace
If you haven’t done so already, you will need to clean the fireplace before using it in the summer. Cleaning the fireplace involves removing excess ash and debris and cleaning the firebox walls to remove soot, creosote, and other stains. The Felgemacher Fireplace Shop in Buffalo carries the supplies and accessories you will need to clean the fireplace without damaging the masonry. So, call ahead, and we’ll have your order waiting when you arrive.
Simply follow these simple steps to get your fireplace ready to use in the summer:
- First, let the fireplace cool for 12 to 24 hours.
- Next, remove the grate and gridirons and set them aside.
- Sweep the ash pile into a metal container.
- Vacuum or sweep the remaining debris on the fireplace floor.
- Use a fireplace cleaner or mild detergent and water with a stiff bristle brush to scrub the firebox. Be sure to remove soot, creosote, and residues covering the firebricks.
- Take the grate and gridirons outside and thoroughly clean them to remove soot and caked-on creosote.
- Place a thin one-inch layer of ash on the floor of the fireplace.
- Replace the grate and gridirons, and stack your logs.
- Then, schedule a professional chimney inspection.
Why You Need a Summer Chimney Inspection
Your chimney requires an annual inspection, so if you plan on using the fireplace in the summer, now is the perfect time to get it out of the way. A yearly inspection by a Certified Chimney Sweep® ensures that your chimney, vents, and heating appliances are structurally sound, free of combustible materials, and there are no obstructions. It is the only way to determine whether your chimney and gas or wood-burning heating appliances are safe for use and are not a fire or health hazard. A chimney inspection will also determine whether chimney cleaning is necessary. A professional chimney cleaning resolves many issues, including:
Creosote is a volatile organic compound (VOC) created during combustion. The dark, oily, or tarry material is also highly flammable and is the primary cause of house fires.
The burnt wood, ash, soot, debris, and even pests lingering in a humid chimney can cause a foul odor around the fireplace in the summer. Damp conditions in the summer can also promote mold and mildew growth, spreading to other areas of your house.
Flue obstructions, liner damage, and masonry cracks can restrict the airflow making it difficult to light or maintain a productive fire. It can also cause a dangerous condition called a backdraft that forces irritating smoke, soot, and hot ash into your living space.
Did You Schedule Your Summer Chimney Inspection?
Summer is one of the best times to schedule a chimney inspection. So, even if you don’t plan on using your gas or wood fireplace, it is still vital to schedule an inspection and professional cleaning to keep your home and family safe.
From chimney inspections and cleaning to fireplace repair, and accessories, the Felgemacher Fireplace Shop has everything your hearth desires. Visit us at 2727 Broadway, Suite 5 in Buffalo. Call (716) 482-1820 or contact us online to schedule an appointment today!