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Preparing a Fireplace for the Winter

On chilly fall mornings, there’s nothing quite like curling up in front of the fireplace with a hot cup of coffee or tea. Here are some tips to make sure your fireplace is ready before the cool, damp mornings of autumn set in.

Clean the fireplace

For traditional wood-burning stoves, the National Fire Protection Association recommends that chimneys be professionally swept at least once a year to remove soot and debris. Fall is a good time to thoroughly clean the fireplace box, chop kindling and make sure you have enough dry wood to last a season.

Natural gas or propane vented fireplaces still need to be cleaned, as dust and cobwebs can collect.

Turn off the gas

Turn the gas off at both the pilot light and at the gas shut-off valve. Visibly check that the pilot light is off and make sure the fireplace is completely cool. Additionally, if you suspect a gas leak, call a professional immediately.

Dismantle the fireplace

This includes removing the glass front (if applicable) and the logs. Pro Tip: Take a photo of the logs before disassembly so you know how to reinsert them after cleaning is complete.

Be sure to call a professional if you do not feel comfortable with doing this yourself. Safety first.