“When the weather outside is frightful…” If you have a wood burning fireplace, you’re likely to be using it a lot over the coming weeks. Here are a few things to keep in mind while you are staying warm and toasty!

When it comes to fireplace safety, these are some of the things you want to keep in mind:
– Using dry, seasoned wood (dryness is more important than hard wood versus soft wood).
– Building smaller, hotter fires that burn more efficiently and produce less smoke.
– Never burn trash – it can spark a chimney fire.
– And never-ever, burn “green lumber” left over from a deck or fencing project. These types of treated woods will release carcinogens when burned.

If you are using a wood stove, make sure you have: 
Installed a stovepipe thermometer to help monitor flue temperatures. This is a great way to monitor and adjust burning practices.

Stay Safe Everyone!