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Tips For Preparing Your Outdoor Fireplace For Spring And Summer

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Spring and summer are the ideal times to use your outdoor fireplace. While daytime temperatures may be warm, in can be uncomfortable to be outdoors in the cooler evenings. This makes an outdoor fireplace the ideal addition to any outdoor living space, allowing you to get more use out of your outdoor spaces all year long.

Before you start using your outdoor fireplace this season, it is important to make sure your fireplace and chimney are ready to use. The following tips will help prepare your outdoor fireplace for use this spring and summer and help you entertain all season long!

Tips for preparing your outdoor fireplace for spring and summer - Westhampton NY - Guaranteed Chimney

Have the chimney swept and inspected

An outdoor fireplace is still just that – a fireplace. And just like your indoor fireplaces, it needs to be swept and inspected at least once per year. Sweeping your outdoor fireplace can remove buildup of ash, soot, and creosote – as well as any debris that may have entered the chimney while it was not in use. Likewise, because outdoor fireplaces are directly exposed to the elements, an inspection can look for signs of masonry damage to the fireplace or chimney; this ensures your outdoor fireplace will be safe to use.

 Stock up on firewood

There are few things more enjoyable than summer nights spent around a roaring fire with family and friends. However, your spring and summer burning plans may be negatively impacted if you don’t have enough firewood!

Because firewood is most popular in the fall and winter months, it may be difficult to purchase firewood during the months of spring and summer. Check your firewood stack early to estimate how much you will need to purchase for the rest of the season.

Likewise, burning outdoors gives you the opportunity to burn materials you would not normally burn indoors. Soft woods, which typically produce too much smoke to be burned indoors, are perfect for creating aromatic fires in your outdoor fireplace. Although it will also produce more smoke, freshly cut wood from pruned bushes and branches can be burned outdoors as well. However, event outdoors trash, treated wood, Styrofoam, and other dangerous products should never be burned because of the chemicals they can release into the air – as well as the damage they can do to your fireplace.

Get the right accessories

Outdoor fireplaces are perfect for entertaining, but can be used in a number of different ways in your outdoor spaces. However, how you want to use your outdoor fireplace can influence the accessories you need.

Cooking over your outdoor fireplace can go beyond s’mores and hot dogs; rotisseries, skillets, spits, and pans can all be used to create entire meals over your outdoor fire. Likewise, if you have small children or pets a fireplace screen can help keep small hands – and paws – away from the flames.

An outdoor fireplace can transform how you entertain in your outdoor living spaces. For more information on getting your outdoor fireplace prepared for spring and summer, contact Guaranteed Chimney Service today!