Did you know the fuel you use in your wood-burning fireplace, stove, or insert makes a big difference in how well your system functions? Many assume you can throw any wood you find or buy in the fireplace, but using seasoned wood is really the way to go. Failing to do so increases the amount of acidic water that gets deposited into your chimney. As you can imagine, this isn’t good for your structure, and it can make your fires a lot smokier, as well!
So, what can you look out for in terms of well-seasoned wood? Wood that has been properly dried out will not be as heavy, so go for pieces that are easier to lift and that make a hollow, “clunking” noise when smacked together. The wood will also look older and less fresh. Logs that are darker in color, split at the ends, and shorter in length will typically be better for burning.
If you prefer to season your own wood, we have some great tips for you there, too! Keep the wood pile off the ground and in an area that is well-ventilated. You want your fuel to be well-protected, yet in an area where plenty of sunlight and wind can get to the ends, thus encouraging them to dry out as fast as possible. Most wood needs to seasoned for at least six months before being suitable for use.
Do You Need An Inspection?
Unseasoned firewood can cause creosote and other debris to build up faster than normal, so it’s always wise to have your system inspected before kicking off your burning season. In fact, annual inspections are highly recommended by both the CSIA and the NFPA. This regular maintenance keeps your system happier and healthier, thus lowering your risk of chimney fires, house fires, gas leaks, and more.
A clean, well-functioning fireplace also helps create warmer and less smoky fires, ensuring countless enjoyable and relaxing evenings all throughout the fall and winter months. The last thing anyone wants is a big cloud of smoke filling their living room and ruining a festive mood! A thorough inspection from our team will ensure you’re good to go, no matter what.
Ready to get yours scheduled? Then the time to do so is now. Guarantee a safer and problem-free holiday season by counting on our crew to help you out.
We Have The Credentials To Handle It All
The experts here at Chimspector Venting Specialists are CSIA certified and have served on the South Carolina Chimney Sweep Guild and the North Carolina Chimney Association. We’re trained, experienced, and knowledgeable, and we take pride in bringing peace of mind and comfort to homeowners all throughout Columbia and its surrounding areas. If you’re looking for a company that values honesty, hard work, a commitment to excellence, and unbeatable customer service, then we’re it!
Give us a call today to get your inspection on the books.