8 Tips Before You Light The Fireplace On Thanksgiving
We are expecting record cold temperatures on Thanksgiving day and you may be thinking of having a relaxing and warm fire in your fireplace.
Before you load the firewood in the house and light a match, there are some things to consider to make sure that it is safe and you don't burn the house down!
According to HouseLogic.com, there are a few easy ways to make sure that your current wood burning stove or fireplace is good to go.
Perhaps you moved in to a different house? Maybe it has been a few years since you had the fire crackling in the house?
HouseLogic.com shared these tips for your safety.
- There’s no bird nest or debris buildup on the cap.
- There are no tree limbs above or near the chimney.
- The mortar and bricks on the chimney aren’t crumbling or missing.
- The chimney rises at least 2 feet above where it exits the roof.
- The chimney crown — the sloping cement shoulders at the top of the chimney — is beveled, which helps air flow.
- The flue liner is visible above the chimney crown.
- The chimney is plumb and not leaning to one side or the other.
- The roof flashing is tight against the chimney.