If you’ve been using your fireplace, insert, or stove all winter, you may be getting a little tired of it by spring. As temperatures drop, you may even be a little confused about how to maintain a temperature that doesn’t run you out of the house! Using the fireplace in the spring can be challenging and quite different than in winter. At Anderson’s Chimney and Masonry Services, we know chimneys, and we’ve got you covered.
Keep Burning the Proper Wood
If your wood supply is dwindling as we move through March and into spring, do not give in to the temptation to use green wood. It’s not good for your chimney system, it’s not good for heating, and it makes fire-building more difficult. Burn properly seasoned wood only so that you aren’t creating more work for yourself.
Try the Top-Down Burn
You may be burning fires less frequently, letting the fires go out when the day warms up, and may not need a fire for several-day-stretches. If you’re finding it difficult to light a fire frequently, you can try the top-down burn. This method of fire-building takes some getting used to, but it is efficient, helps to burn all the fuel completely, and even warms the chimney before the fire gets started.
Control the Temperature
In the spring, you don’t want to waste firewood by reaching a too-hot temperature, and then having to open your windows and doors to reach a comfortable temperature. Your fireplace is still working for you, so make it work.
–Use the Wood
You can control the temperature by using a certain type of wood. Softwood will burn hotter, and faster, meaning your house will be warmed, but you don’t have to worry about a blazing flame when the temperature rises outside. Burning hardwood will produce less heat, but burn longer—perfect for the days when the temperature is mild, and you want to keep the fire going.
–The Size of the Fire
You don’t have to keep feeding a fire when the weather is mild and you don’t need a great amount of heat output. Keep the fire small when the temp is mild. Stack the wood loosely for a faster, hotter burn, but keep the fire small.
–Use the Vents
If you have a closed unit like an insert or stove, you can also maintain heat in the fireplace by using the vents. Burn the fire with the vents wide open, and it’ll get more oxygen, burning faster, and hotter. Close them partway to allow less oxygen, while still allowing the fuel to burn properly, only producing less intense heat, and burning for longer.
The trick with your spring fireplace is to keep making it work for you. It can be tempting to shut the thing down and turn up your thermostat, but it will raise your utility bill, not to mention you’ll miss out on those relaxing evenings by the fire.
If you’ve been working with your fireplace, and have not been successful during spring weather, try troubleshooting for other problems with your system. If you still have trouble, call Anderson’s so that a professional can have a look. Our services include inspections, sweeps, repairs, and more!
Call Anderson’s today at 717-975-3526.