Fireplaces - Wood Burning

Burning a wood fire adds a luxurious appearance and character to your family room or living room.

Care and Maintenance Tips Cleaning

  • Remove old ashes and coals from under the grate when completely cool. A light layer is desirable as an insulator and will help to reflect heat.
  • Creosote and other wood-burning by-products accumulate inside the flue over a period of time. This build-up can be a fire hazard.
  • Hire a qualified chimney sweep for this cleaning. If the spark arrester becomes clogged, the diminished airflow will affect the performance of the fireplace and may be a fire hazard. Have the arrester cleaned professionally when needed.


  • However, while burning a wood fire adds much to the atmosphere only about 10 percent of the heat produced by a fire is radiated into the house.
  • We install a fresh air vent to supply the fireplace with combustion air and reduce the amount of heated air the fire draws from your house.
  • Close the damper when the fireplace is not in use. Leaving this open is equivalent to having an open window in the house. However, always check to be sure the damper is open before starting a fire.

Using your Wood Burning Fireplace

  • Your objective in building a fire should be a clean, steady, slow-burning fire. Begin with a small fire to allow the components of the fireplace to heat up slowly.
  • Stack the logs in two to three layers with air space between. Largest logs to the rear, works best. Any logs 6 inches in diameter or larger should be split.
  • Avoid burning soft woods such as pine and improperly "seasoned" woods as this may produce more by-products and require more frequent cleaning. Seasoned wood is wood that has been allowed to dry outdoors for at least one year. It will appear dark gray or brown and will have loose bark and cracked ends and sides.
  • Start the fire by burning kindling and newspaper under the grate; One sheet of paper burned on top of the stack will help the chimney start to draw.
  • Always close the screen or use a portable screen in front of a burning fire to reduce burning ash from "popping" into the living area.

* If you are in a Condo residence please refer to your Condo Association Documents to verify your responsibilities, if any, for the maintenance of these areas.