6 Ways to Prepare Your Fireplace for Use

6 Ways to Prepare Your Fireplace for Use

If you have a fireplace in your home, follow these steps to prepare your fireplace for use before building your first fire of the season. Have the Chimney Swept The first step to take to prepare your fireplace for use is to call a chimney sweep for a cleaning....

I have had a wood stove for twenty years in my old home. I recently moved and the new home has a wood stove as well. I am concerned about the type of chimney and how it is installed. How can I determine if the chimney is rated for a wood stove?

The best way to tell if the chimney is the right type is to look for a label. Usually the installer will buy a package with the stove and matching chimney. The stove label may state which chimney is recommend but not always. The chimney for a wood stove must be rated...