If you have worked with your outdoor fireplace design contractor and installed an outdoor fireplace, you need to take good care of it, for it to last for a long time. To help you out, here are some of the ways in which you can take good care of the outdoor fireplace:
Clean the chimney
This is a no-brainer. When you clean the fireplace, you not only keep it looking good, you also keep it safe. If you have a gas unit, spider webs and debris tend to clog the burners which might cause them to malfunction. If you have a wood-burning unit, accumulation of water or leaves can cause it to produce floating embers and sparks that might put your property at the risk of fire.
You can clean the unit on your own or hire a chimney cleaning professional to help you out. You should remove any coal, old ashes, water, spider webs, and debris. To reduce the amount of debris that gets in your unit, consider buying a door. You also should consider covering the fire pit.
Watch what you burn
This is important for a wood burning fireplace. You should avoid softwoods and green woods such as pine as they hold a lot of water which create a lot of smoke and sparks as they burn. The sparks are of great danger to your chimney and entire property.
To get cleaner and safer fires, you should only burn hardwood. Some of the best are maple and oak. When you get the wood, you shouldn’t just place it anywhere—you should place it in a dry area where it can’t pull moisture from the earth. The wood also won’t attract critters such as termites and snakes.
Undertake annual maintenance
In addition to cleaning the unit, you also need to regularly inspect the unit and fix any issues that might be there. You should examine all the areas including the interior and exterior of the unit. Just like when undertaking chimney sweeping, you should avoid maintaining the unit if you have never done it before. The best way of going about it is hiring a professional to help you out.
These are tips on how to properly maintain your outdoor fireplace. You should take care when installing the fireplace. If you install it at the wrong place, you put your property at the risk of fire. To be on the safe side, always consult your outdoor fire pit contractor before you proceed with the project.