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 How to Get Your Wood Stove or Fireplace Ready for Winter

How to Get Your Wood Stove or Fireplace Ready for Winter

by Home Fire Stove Staff on January 1, 2023
As winter approaches, it's essential to ensure your wood stove or fireplace is ready to handle the colder weather. 
Here are some tips to help you get your wood stove or fireplace ready for the winter season:

1.    Have your wood stove or fireplace inspected by a professional. It's important to have a professional inspect your stove or fireplace to ensure it's in good working condition and safe to use. They can check for any cracks or other damage, as well as clean and repair any necessary parts.

2.    Stock up on firewood. Make sure you have a good supply of dry, seasoned firewood ready to go for the winter. Wet or green wood can be difficult to burn and may produce more smoke and creosote build-up, which can be a fire hazard.

3.    Install a chimney cap. A chimney cap helps to prevent rain, snow, and debris from entering the chimney. It can also prevent birds and animals from nesting in the chimney.

4.    Clean the chimney. Creosote build-up in the chimney can be a fire hazard. It's important to have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional on a regular basis to prevent this build-up. Here are a couple of local Salem-based Chimney Sweeping Services that we recommend:
5.    Install a carbon monoxide detector. Wood stoves and fireplaces can produce carbon monoxide, a potentially deadly gas. It's important to install a carbon monoxide detector near your wood stove or fireplace to ensure the safety of you and your family.

By following these tips, you can ensure that your wood stove or fireplace is ready for the winter season and that you and your family stay warm and safe. If you have any concerns about the safety or efficiency of your wood stove or fireplace, please feel free to give us a call at 503-364-6339. 
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