Baby it's cold outside!
Even in the sunny state of California we are seeing temperatures drop to 23 degrees overnight. Some people still rely on good old fashioned wood burning inserts and even open fireplaces to heat their homes. I know that our house goes through a lot of wood in the winter season. Keep in mind that the type of wood you burn has a direct effect on the build up in your chimney, not to mention waxy papers etc. that may be thrown into your fire once it is started. Almond and oak firewood burn pretty hot and clean while pine, citrus woods and duraflame logs can definitely clog up that chimney. Make sure that your damper is open when starting your fire so that your home isn't invaded by smoke. As your chimney gets a good draw where the flames are being taken up the chimney with some force then is a good time to close the damper a little so all of your heat doesn't escape. Remember to get your chimney cleaned if you have burned about a cord of wood or if you are using the less desirable woods to heat your home. Good indicators of needing a chimney cleaning are strong sooty odors in your home, your fireplace smoking from the inside, the chimney cap on the top of your fireplace outside looking clogged or black soot running down the sides of your chimney. Be sure and call us if you need us and stay warm this chilly season.