As the summer slips away and the nights get cooler, anyone with a fireplace will likely be excited to light the first fire of the season, and enjoy the warmth and coziness that come with it. If you have not given fireplace maintenance or your hearth accessories a thought since last winter, now is the perfect time to come clean. Start with cleaning your chimney and then checking out your gear to make sure that it is good to go.
Wood burning fireplaces can develop creosote that should be removed as necessary, and surrounding combustibles should be cleared at least two feet away from the opening. We recommend creosote remover and control products like ACS Creosote remover or Toss in creosote removers. They are easy to use and make your fireplace safer and chimney cleanings easier.
Do you use a fireplace grate? How is it holding up from last year? If it shows signs of use like burn through or being warped, I would recommend replacing it now. Better to replace it before you star burning than in the middle of winter when you are going to want to be using your fireplace. I would recommend replacing your old fireplace grate with a lifetime fireplace grate. The unique 1″ wide steel bar design and unheard of Lifetime Guarantee make this the grate that you should be using. The lifetime grates are available in many different sizes to accommodate any size fireplace.
Now that you have checked out your grate let’s think about lighting a fire. You do not want to find out on the first cold night that you want to use your fireplace and are out of fire starters. We offer a variety of fire starters but I want to introduce you to our three most popular; fatwood, Super Cedars, and Safe Lite fire starters.
Fatwood: Made from all natural pine and resins, Fatwood eliminates the need for newspaper or chemicals to light your fire quickly. Fatwood lights easily with a match even when wet, is environmentally friendly, and it smells so good! Available in 4lb, 8lb, 10, 15lb quantities.
Rutland Safe Lite Fire Starters: are safe, clean-burning, wax based fire starter squares made with compressed wood chips and recycled wood and paper fiber. These squares light quickly and easily and burn 8-12 minutes- even when wet! They are great to keep near your hearth year round as well because they are great four uses with charcoal, grills, fireplaces, wood and pellet stoves, even campfires. They are available in 144 24 count quantities.
Are you worried about keeping your children and pets away from the fireplace or hearth? We offer a variety of fireplace screens that not only protect your flooring from popping embers damaging your flooring but they also can keep inquisitive pets and toddlers away as well.
We also offer a large selection of fireplace doors. We offer custom fireplace doors but also have quick ship stock size doors available like the attractive celebrity door that I have here on my fireplace. The charming picture frame design and fine textured black coloring of the Celebrity Fireplace Door accentuates the beauty and appeal of flickering flames and glowing embers in any fireplace style. Crafted of aluminum extrusion, this enclosure has 4 wide picture frame top and side panels and a bottom panel air draft control. The full swing bi-fold trackless doors with 1/4 tempered bronze colored glass (with Lifetime Warranty), fully open and can lay flush with the door allowing for a safe, unobstructed, hearth area. The Celebrity fireplace door is available in 8 sizes and comes complete with a mesh curtain already installed for your convenience.
If you are looking for a way to keep pets and kids clear of the hearth all together than try out KidCo Configure gate. This gate provides maximum safety for use around fireplaces of any shape or size. The unique handle design on the extra wide door applies magnet-lock technology, a dual magnet design that automatically draws the door closed and guarantees it locks each and every time!
Let’s talk now about tending to your fire. You should always be using fireplace tools for the safest and easiest tending to your fire. Check out your tool set does it include the necessities; tongs, a poker, a shovel, and a broom? If you are using your fireplace on a regular basis you will not want to be without these tools. We offer tool sets in a variety of sizes, styles, and finishes. We even have hearth racks with tool sets right on them for those who have a compact hearth area. In addition to a good tool set I would make sure that you have a good pair of fireplace gloves handy. They are important for protecting your hands and arms from the heat and fire while you are tending to your fire. We have a variety of lengths if fireplace glove and even have a pair that is designed for a ladies sized hand.
If you will be using your fireplace you are going to be cleaning up after it. An ash vacuum is a handy way to keep the ashes under control around your hearth. Always make sure the ashes are cool when cleaning your fireplace. If you do not have or want an ash vac invest in a good ash bucket to remove or store your ashes.
And last but not least make sure that you are checking the batteries in Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors before you enjoy your first fire of the season. It can mean the difference between safety and tragedy.