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First and foremost, don't try to burn water. This sounds silly but it is the most fundamental thing to consider when you are burning wood. It might surprise you but green wood is up to 50% water. Putting it another way, for every Kg of green wood you try to burn, you are in essense adding around a pint of water. Drying you wood properly is key to make sure you have a safe, efficient enjoyable fire.

A fireplace can add both visual and decorative warmth to any room. However, all wood burning fireplaces require some air to escape up the chimney. Outside air kits can help with this but they do not totally eliminate the fact that some heated air from your home will escape up the chimney. Of course that loss of heated air increases energy cost for the home as it takes more energy to raise the room temperature to the desired setting.

In many parts of the country, its time to fire up the fireplace or woodstove for that ambiance and extra heat.

Fall is here, leaves are turning, days are shorter, nights are longer and a little heat in the house feels pretty good. With most homes, one of the most important elements is the fireplace. The fireplace adds style and ambience like no other appliance in the home.

With multiple fireplace systems available today, residents should ensure safety. Most common fireplaces in use are wood burning, gas vented, and gas free fireplaces. Wood burning fireplaces must be properly maintained which usually requires an annual chimney cleaning. 

Pellet stoves are commonly used as a heat source for homes. Pellets stoves are both attractive and efficient. Many pellet stoves resemble a wood stove and burn with a similar burn pattern.

Eventually, you fireplace can look old and dirty from soot and other contaminants in the fuel you burn. Cracked mortar, missing caulking and other deterioration are common. Redoing your fireplace can provide an instant update to the entire room, transforming the unit into a focal point of the room.

Pellet stoves are a cost effective and attractive solution for supplementing the main source of heat in your home. Before purchasing a pellet stove, consider the best installation practices including existing chimney, esthetic factors, room size, exterior structures and of course proper clearance to any adjoining combustible materials. Where you locate your pellet stove in your home will be unique when compared to other homes. You should also check local and state building codes to make sure your installation with comply with all pertinent regulations. 

Here are some tips that may be helpful as you get ready for the upcoming winter season.

The first order of business is to make sure your chimney is clean. This process should be done every year regardless of use of your fireplace. Not using it could result in birds or animals having nested in the chimney and blocking the flow. Also one needs to make sure that all creosote has been removed from the chimney. Creosote is a deposit left by burning uncured wood and is a very highly flammable substance that can destroy your chimney and/or home if ignited.

If you’re considering a home-improvement project that will cut energy costs, it’s not too late to take advantage of special federal tax credits. But be aware that time is running out.

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