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Preparing Your Fireplace for Cold Weather

Using your wood-burning fireplace can be a great way to cut your heating costs during the winter, but is your fireplace ready to be used? In order for your fireplace and chimney to work as efficiently and as safely as possible, you need to undergo some simple preparations to get the system ready for cold weather. To help you get prepared for winter, All Seasons Chimney would like to share with you some tips from This Old House.

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Schedule a professional chimney sweeping and inspection.

Before you light the first fire of the season, it is recommended by many national fire safety organizations to have your fireplace and chimney professionally cleaned and inspected. This maintenance task will ensure that you do not need any essential repairs and that your chimney is free of soot and creosote.

Ensure your chimney is properly capped.

Our chimney sweeps at All Seasons Chimney can check out the condition of your chimney cap to see if it needs repairing or replacing. If you need a new chimney cap or if your chimney is not capped, we can install a new one to protect your chimney from water from rain and melted snow as well as from birds and animals.

Stock up on seasoned firewood.

If you do not cut and season your own firewood, find a trusted and reputable dealer in your town who sells seasoned (dried) firewood. Typically, the wood should have been cut and stored for at least six months to be sufficiently seasoned. This kind of wood will allow you to burn less wood and produce less creosote.

Get a spark guard.

To keep hot embers from jumping out of the fire to burn someone or ignite a fire, install a mesh metal screen or glass fireplace doors. This is an excellent accessory for fire safety, especially if you have young children.

Practice the best wood burning tips.

Do not overstuff your firebox with wood. Fires that are too hot can damage or crack the chimney as well as produce a large amount of creosote. Place logs at the back of the fireplace on a metal grate, and use kindling to start a fire.

Need more winter preparation tips for your fireplace and chimney? Contact us at All Seasons Chimney to learn safe and efficient wood burning practices.

Proudly Serving the Hudson Valley

For over 25 years, All Seasons Chimney has been providing excellent chimney maintenance, repair, and installation services to residents of the Hudson Valley area in New York State. We are proud to help our neighbors to keep chimneys, fireplaces, stoves, inserts, and dryer vents clean and working safely and efficiently. Included in our chimney and fireplace services are sweeping, video inspections, repairs, masonry work, and leaky chimney prevention tools such as flashing installations and waterproofing. Our Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified chimney sweeps are also specialists in installing prefabricated chimneys, stainless steel chase covers, and chimney caps. Since fire safety is our top priority, we also offer dryer vent cleaning and repair services. All Seasons Chimney loves serving the Hudson Valley as much as we love living in this area. We would like to share some of our favorite attractions in this beautiful region.

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BOSCOBEL HOUSE AND GARDENS

Nationally known for its quality as a historic house museum, the Boscobel House is an elegant early 19th century Federal-style mansion which was rescued from demolition in 1955 by the hard work of preservationists and the generosity of Lila Acheson Wallace, the co-founder of The Reader’s Digest. Home to a vast collection of fine American furniture and decorative arts, the Boscobel House is one of the most popular attractions in the Hudson Valley. Its gardens provide a breathtaking view of the Hudson River.

MOHONK MOUNTAIN HOUSE

A legend in the Hudson Valley, the Mohonk Mountain House is a Victorian castle built in 1869 that has serves as a 250-room mountain top resort. The perfect spot for family vacations, last-minute getaways, and romantic escapes, this resort overlooks a crystal clear private lake and offers a wide variety of activities. With hiking trails, boating, swimming, ice skating, and golf, you can be as active as you want to be, or you can relax in the on-site spa.

NEW YORK STATE MUSEUM

The oldest state museum in the United States, the New York State Museum provides education about the state to its residents and visitors through its exhibits, collections, media, programs, and publications in history, science, anthropology, and art. You can explore the significant natural and cultural diversity of New York State from the past to the present.

If you live in the Hudson Valley area, look no further for the best chimney, fireplace, and dryer vent services than All Seasons Chimney. Contact us for all of your chimney care needs.