We’re still a ways from colder weather here in the Houston area, but it’s not too early to get your fireplace winter ready. Since most fireplaces in our area don’t get heavy use, the annual maintenance is pretty simple. We also have a few tips for best operation of your fireplace.
Gas fireplaces are generally lower maintenance than their wood burning counterparts, but they do require some attention each year prior to use. Before getting started, make sure the fireplace and glass are completely cool and that the gas valve is in the off position. If your gas fireplace has a decorative barrier, go ahead and remove it.
Wood burning fireplaces come in two varieties, those with a gas log lighter and those without. All steps will be the same with the exception of #7 which only applies if you have a gas log lighter. Make sure the fireplace is completely cool before beginning.
If you are ever uncomfortable performing the annual fireplace maintenance yourself, or if you find anything out of the ordinary during your inspection, contact a local professional to help you out.
There’s nothing quite like a warm, cozy fire on a cold winter night. For the best fire and easiest ongoing maintenance of your fireplace, check out these tips.
We hope you are as excited as we are for the colder weather to get here and that you enjoy your winter and your fireplace.
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