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How To Properly Store Your Fireplace for the Summer

April 29, 2024


Traditional wood-burning fireplaces can add warmth and a welcome ambiance during the colder months. They can also add value to your home, especially if you live in a colder climate. Plus, who doesn’t love the look of wood-burning fireplaces in a living room, dining room, or other space? They can totally turn a drab, dark room into one that is warm and inviting.

But what do you do during the summer months when your fireplace is not likely to be used? We have some tips to help you prepare your fireplace properly for the warmer season.

7 Tips to Prep Your Fireplace for Summer

When the spring arrives, most homeowners start to think about spring cleaning. And for good reason. Household items can collect a lot of dust during the winter, and the spring is a great time to air out the house. 

Your fireplace can also benefit from spring cleaning. And doing so isn’t as complicated as you might think. Here’s what you need to know.

  1. Wear Appropriate Protective Gear: Change into old clothing you can discard when you are done. Wear safety goggles, sturdy gloves, and a dust mask or respirator to protect yourself from soot and ash inhalation.
  2. Remove Ash and Debris: Wait 24 hours after your last fire to ensure all embers have cooled. Using a metal shovel, carefully scoop the ashes from the fireplace and place them into a metal bucket. You can line the floor and area surrounding the fireplace with old sheets or towels to keep debris from getting onto your carpet, furniture, and draperies.
  3. Clean the Firebox: Scrub the interior surfaces of the firebox with a stiff wire brush and a solution of warm water mixed with a fireplace cleaner or a mixture of white vinegar and water. This will help remove soot and tar residues. Rinse with a damp cloth and let it dry completely.
  4. Inspect and Clean the Damper: The damper controls airflow at the fireplace’s throat. Check it for ease of operation and ensure it seals well when closed. Clean off any soot or debris with a wire brush.
  5. Hire a Chimney Sweep: Hire a professional chimney sweeper to thoroughly clean and inspect the chimney. They can clean away soot, blockages, and built-up creosote. A professional sweeper can also conduct a safety inspection to check for any structural issues or repairs needed. They can also install a chimney cap to prevent rain, animals, and debris from entering the chimney. 
  6. Clear the Surrounding Area: Clear flammable materials, like leftover firewood, around the fireplace. Store firewood in a dry place away from the house for use next winter.
  7. Freshen Up: During summer, place a bowl of baking soda or activated charcoal inside the fireplace to absorb any lingering odors.

Need Help Summer-sizing Your Fireplace?

If you need help getting your fireplace ready for the summer, we can help. Anderson Fireplace can be your resource for a better understanding of how to store your fireplace properly for the summer. Contact us today and make us part of your annual spring cleaning routine.

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