Can I Use My Fireplace In The Summer?
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Can I Use My Fireplace In The Summer?

Summer is finally here! Hopefully, you’ve been able to get outdoors and enjoy the warmer weather recently. Of course, just because we’re officially in the middle of the season doesn’t mean every day is a scorcher. Some days are hotter than others, and occasionally it can get chilly in Wisconsin in the evening during this time of year. Does that mean you can use your fireplace this summer?

The short answer is yes but with a word of caution. There are a few things to keep in mind, and we’re going to unpack each of those today.

Professional Chimney Sweep and Cleaning in Boscobel WICreosote build-up

Have you scheduled your annual sweep and inspection with Chimney Specialists yet? If not, you should be aware that there may be excessive creosote build-up within your flue. This will be especially more likely if you burned any freshly chopped wood during the winter months. Creosote is flammable, and if there are other issues with your chimney system such as a missing cap, it could be a cause for concern.

While using your fireplace this summer, you may notice an odd odor coming from the firebox. This happens when water mixes with creosote. If we’ve had a stretch of humid days, it can increase the likelihood that the drafting effect of lighting a fire will pull this odor into your home. It’s also a sign that you need a sweep soon.

Poor Draft

Whenever air moves through your chimney, this is called a draft. When working properly, smoke rises up out of the flue and exits your home.

However, if there is a problem with other parts of your chimney, it can lead to a poor draft. One of these problems is your damper. If it’s frozen shut, it means that the smoke can’t escape. Another cause of poor drafting is a blockage within your flue, such as animals’ nests or debris. This also means that you’re likely missing or have a damaged cap that is allowing outside elements into your fireplace.

Temperature differences

One final thing to keep in mind while using your fireplace this summer is the outside temperature. Continuing on with our theme of the draft within your flue, you will only want to use your fireplace when the outside temperature is relatively cool. If it’s too hot, the air won’t move as it should.

Wood Burning Stove Inspection and Repair in Fennimore WIBefore you light any of your logs, use a small piece of paper. Light it, and hold it inside of your flue. If the smoke rises as expected, you should be good to go!

Contact our team if you want to use your fireplace this summer

The best solution to avoid each of these potential problems is to have a regular chimney sweep and inspection by our team. We’ll make certain that every component of your chimney system is in working order, that there is no creosote build-up, and that your masonry is structurally sound.

Would you like to get in touch with our team to book an appointment? Then call Chimney Specialists Inc at 608-929-4887 or send us a message through our contact form.

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