100 Reasons Your Fireplace Doesn’t Work “CSIA”

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"Why fireplaces work, and how best to build them, has been a topic of hot debate literally for centuries. From the first stone rings stacked around the campfire, to the modern factory built fireplaces with carefully engineered dimensions, there has been a steady evolution of design parameters to make sure they draw well and cast as much heat as possible. Most of this evolution has been by trial and error, and some designs work much better than others. Simply put, fireplaces work mainly because hot air rises. When you start a fire, the air inside the chimney becomes warmer and less dense than the air outside the chimney, and consequently it starts to rise. As the warm air rises, cooler air from the room flows into the firebox, fanning the…
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The Best Wood

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  'It is far more important that the fuel be dry as compared to the species. Do not burn any construction scraps of treated or painted wood, especially treated wood from decks or landscaping ties. The chemicals used can release dangerous amounts of arsenic and other very toxic compounds into your house. If the "seasoned wood" you bought turned out to be pretty green and you elected to try to burn it anyway, be sure to have the chimney checked more often than usual, you may build up creosote very quickly. You don't have to burn only premium hardwoods. Less dense woods like elm and even soft maple are abundant and make fine firewood as long as you're willing to make a few extra trips to the woodpile. If you…
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Creosote: What You Need to Know

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To put it plainly, creosote is the residue of fires that sticks to the inner wall of the chimney. It is a result of chimneys that have the job of expelling the by-products of combustion – the substances produced when wood burns. These include smoke, water vapor, gases, unburned wood particles, hydrocarbon, tar fog and assorted minerals. As these substances exit the fireplace or wood stove, and flow up into the relatively cooler chimney, condensation occurs. Thus creating creosote. Creosote build up is one of the reasons why it is important to have your chimney cleaned regularly, because this crusty or flaky, tar like black stuff is highly flammable. It is important to have a certified chimney sweep regularly clean and inspect your chimney to avoid chimney fires. For more information…
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