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Articles and information about chimneys, Chimney Sweeps, and the chimney industry as well as advice for homeowners.

8/28/2016

Fire is created when you mix fuel, heat, and oxygen. If any of these three components is not proper, you will not burn an efficient fire. Usually, you will end up producing more creosote and in many cases will not even get the fire to burn.

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Now imagine that you are trying to start a fire, you have a good supply of dry, seasoned wood. Before you try and start the fire, you dunk the wood into a bucket of water. Now try and light the fire. What do you think is going to happen? Most likely the fire will not start. Getting the wood wet is obviously not a great way to start a fire. Many fireplace and woodstove problems are caused by an improperly stored wood supply.

Storing the wood in a dry place where it can season and dry properly is one of the most important thing you can do get a properly burning efficient fire in your stove of fireplace. If your wood is stored outdoors, proper stacking and covering of the wood stacks are recommended. If you have any questions, feel free to ask any of our members!