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Fireplace Safety

A recent report of the 2010-2012 Residential Fire Loss Estimates by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission identified 22,700 fires and fire related incidents related specifically to fireplace usage. It is important to understand the basics of safe fireplace usage and invest in products that promote fireplace safety and protection. Chadds Ford Fireside Shop believes in promoting products that will provide a simplistic fireplace environment, add to the beauty and aesthetics of your home and most importantly, products that keep their customers safe from harm and mishaps. Below is a list of products that Chadds Ford Fireside Shop’s considers important items for safety.

Flame Resistant and Retardant Gloves: Hearth gloves protect hands and arms when tending to an open fireplaces or wood burning stoves. They are useful when you need to tend to a fire in a manner that requires more than just poking and tongs are hard to manage.

Pokers and Tongs: When the need to move, remove or reshape the logs within your fireplace, a poker or pair of tongs come in handy. They are the most important accessories to have, in order to safely move burning logs when necessary.

Screens and Glass Doors: Screens and glass doors help prevent burning embers and sparks from popping out of the fireplace, and landing on wood floors or carpeting. They also prevent small children and pets from getting too close to the fire.

Attached Screens: If you own a direct vent gas insert, fireplace, or stove an attached screen affixes easily to the glass front providing additional safety measures.

Fire Extinguishers and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: It is very important that you are prepared in the event that a fire becomes out of control. Fire extinguishers can help you contain a small mishap, which will prevent a much larger scale incident. Carbon monoxide detectors are also important home safety features that help you determine whether the air quality in your home is safe or not. These items are not limited to just the hearth area and usage.

 

An ash bucket with lid safely contains spent ash, which may hide still-hot embers that can unknowingly smolder for long periods of time.

A fireplace hood or mantel shield can be installed between the top of the fireplace opening and the bottom of a wood mantel, to prevent the heat of the fire from damaging the wood and finish.

Regardless of your specific fireplace design, there are products available that focus on your safety. Chadds Ford Fireside Shop can help you determine the best products for your situation and is centrally located between Glen Mills and Chadds Ford, PA. We are on Route 202 close to the Delaware/PA state line. We service the Main Line, Montgomery County, Delaware County, and Chester County. Call Chadds Ford Fireside Shop at (610) 358-9355 or stop by today.

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Storing And Seasoning Tips

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The leaves are falling and the temperature is slowly dropping. Fall is always a joyous time of year where the back to school routines are slowly sinking back in and warm days blend into cool nights. Now is the time to prepare your fireplace for use during the upcoming winter. Stocking up on firewood is a great start. Here are a few tips that will make your firewood storage and usage work to your advantage making way for an easy and relaxed winter season.

Firewood Storage
The way you store your firewood is an important aspect of fireplace care and upkeep. Well-seasoned firewood that is stored in a way that maintains a low moisture count, and protects the wood from being contaminated by nature (weather, bugs mold, etc.) or any other complications. Chadds Ford Fireside Shop suggests several measures one can take to ensure the wood is well kept, allowing it to provide a safe, flawless blaze within your home.

  • Never leave firewood in a pile on the ground for more than a couple of days. Chadds Ford Fireside Shop has a variety of wood rails or racks in stock, which are a great asset, lifting the wood off the ground enough to avoid contamination from mud, bugs and mold. They also allow water to drain off the wood pile more readily if it gets wet from rain or other natural occurrences.
  • During the summer, wood should be stacked in an open area exposed to sun and wind.
  • Avoid stacking more than four feet high because tall piles become unstable.
  • Split the logs in a variety of sizes, from 3″ to 6″ at the largest cross sectional dimension. Most commercial firewood is not split small enough for convenient fire management. The triangular shape of split pieces wedge together as they are stacked and help to make the pile stable. Remember, shorter firewood pieces (12″ – 14″) make for narrow tippy stacks.

Firewood Seasoning
For those opting to season wood at home, it is important to take into consideration that wood should be purchased months in advance to ensure the proper amounts of moisture are removed from the wood.

  • Remember, green wood will not season properly in a wood shed or in deep shade.
  • The more quickly the surface of the pieces dries, the less chance there is of molding and bug infestation.
  • Properly seasoned wood has high heating efficiency ratings. Seasoned wood is also light in weight and it burns more completely, creating less creosote buildup in your chimney.
  • Different wood types have different drying requirements so it is important to research the types of wood that work best for your environment and circumstance.
  • However, when seasoned, usually by late September, the wood should be moved to winter bulk storage where it is fully sheltered from rain and snow.

Winter Storage
Additionally, storing wood in the winter has its own requirements such as:

  • Store the wood close to, but not inside, the house.
  • If you do decide to keep wood in the home for ease of use, avoid storing large amounts because mold spores and moisture can affect indoor air quality, a potential problem for people with asthma and other lung diseases.
  • In contrast, it is also a good rule of thumb to bring wood into the home near the fireplace to warm up before burning, but only one or two week’s supply at a time.

Chadds Ford Fireside Shop can help you determine the best products for your situation and is centrally located between Glen Mills and Chadds Ford, PA. We are on Route 202 close to the Delaware/PA state line. We service the Main Line, Montgomery County, Delaware County, and Chester County. Call Chadds Ford Fireside Shop at (610) 358-9355 or stop by today.

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Benefits of Glass Fireplace Doors

Now that we’re at the end of the summer season, many homeowners have gone about their days with little or no acknowledgment of their fireplace’s existence.  Owners have dutifully gone through the processes of cleaning, inspecting, securing and closing their fireplaces for the off-season and most will not worry about anything fireplace related until the fall.

The fact of the matter is, there’s more to consider with your fireplace in the off-season than you may be aware.  Specifically, there is one fireplace fixture that can be of benefit during both the on and off-seasons. Glass Fireplace doors add a touch of class as they complement the aesthetics of your home décor. However, glass fireplace doors are more than just beautiful fixtures in the home; they offer many benefits, even when the fireplace is not in operation.

EFFICIENCY

  • A little known fact: Traditional, open wood-burning fireplaces are not the most efficient sources of heat. Masonry fireplaces without doors tend to loose heat due to the considerable amount of interior room air that is pulled out of your home via the chimney flue. Glass doors for masonry fireplaces feature air control dampers that allow some combustion air to enter the firebox when the doors are closed, allowing a moderate fire while significantly reducing the amount of interior air lost through the flue. Many prefabricated fireplaces also allow you to maintain a moderate fire with the doors closed. For more information contact Chadds Ford Fireside Shop.
  • In addition, an open fireplace contributes to energy loss in the home, even when not in use. Air-conditioned home air can easily be lost through a chimney flue as well as warmed outside air making its way into the home and vice versa in the winter (cold air in warm air out). Glass doors significantly reduce the amount of air that travels into and out of the home through the chimney flue, especially when the fireplace is not in use during the summer months.

SIMPLICITY

  • Glass fireplace doors also benefit its owners by protecting the hearth area from fire-related accidents. You don’t have to stay up late to tend to the embers of a dying fire with glass fireplace doors. Simply close the doors (partially) for a few minutes to prevent thermal damage to the glass; then close them completely (and close the air control on masonry fireplace doors) to extinguish the fire easily, by preventing oxygen from entering the chamber. In addition, there is no need to worry about any flames or sparks flying out of the fireplace when you utilize the glass doors.

SAFETY

  • Glass doors can be used to reduce smoke rollout into the room, when starting and maintaining a fire. Partially closing the doors, and adjusting the air control on a set of masonry fireplace doors, can help induce a better draft and block that annoying drifting smoke from entering your family’s resting place.
  • If you want to enjoy a fire with the doors open, Chadds Ford Fireside Shop’s Glass doors include safety mesh screens that prevent sparks from popping out of the fireplace. Both the screens and doors prevent children and pets from coming into contact with the open flames.

PERSONALITY

  • With the quality and variety of choices offered, these pieces of brilliantly crafted additions to your fireplace act as additional furnishings that add enjoyment and value to your home. Glass doors from Chadds Ford Fireside Shop are customizable, with many finishes, handles, and designs available to truly personalize your home.

When standard overlap doors are not an optimal or appropriate solution, Chadds Ford Fireside Shop specializes in designing and installing glass fireplace doors for rough stone-front fireplaces. We work with a top-notch mason to mortar the doors in place, for superior function and elegant finish.

Chadds Ford Fireside Shop can help you determine the best products for your situation and is centrally located between Glen Mills and Chadds Ford, PA. We are on Route 202 close to the Delaware/PA state line. We service the Main Line, Montgomery County, Delaware County, and Chester County. Call Chadds Ford Fireside Shop at (610) 358-9355 or stop by today.

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Maintenance For Your Wood Burning Fireplace or Stove

 

Wood-Stove-FireAs we enjoy the summer months, there is no time like the present to refresh ourselves with the logistics of fireplace maintenance.  These majestic centerpieces are warmly inviting, and create serene atmospheres within any home.  We enjoy them, we show them off and they add flair to homes. In return, it’s important to properly care for your fireplace in order to keep it functioning safely and smoothly for years to come.

Everyday Ash Cleaning

For those possessing wood burning fireplaces, the first step to a well-maintained fireplace is the regular upkeep of ash.  The disposal of fireplace ash is quite simple with the right accessories.  Metal ash bucket and shovel sets make useful tools for fireplace ash disposal. They are convenient and aid in the proper, safe disposal of hot and cool ash.  Ash brooms keep the hearth clear of debris. Ash vacuums mimic the look of a traditional ash bucket, but offer the convenience of easy cleanup of cold ash.

Regular Maintenance

Where ash cleaning may be performed more frequently, other chores such as wiping down the glass and other exposed fireplace or stove surfaces can be done on a weekly basis.  Never use household glass cleaner, as this could damage the glass. Instead, use hearth glass cleaner. There are different types of glass cleaner for tempered fireplace glass doors and ceramic stove glass.

Use anti-creosote spray every time you light a fire, to help prevent soot buildup in your fireplace or stove chimney. Just a few sprays can make a big difference.

Installing a wood insert that fits nicely into an existing traditional hearth is one way to cut down on the amount of surface cleaning required around your fireplace.

Annual Maintenance

As part of your “end of season closing-up” process as the cold season winds down, perform a thorough of the firebrick and mortar joints of the fireplace, and thoroughly clean the whole firebox.  Use hearth surface cleaner to remove any smoke stains that may have accumulated on the surface above the fireplace opening.

Inspect the firebricks, gaskets, and hinges on your stove. Consult your owner’s manual if you aren’t sure how to do this or contact Chadds Ford Fireside Shop for assistance.  Even if you are comfortable with cleaning and maintaining your unit, you should also have your chimney cleaned and inspected professionally at least once a year.  A reputable company is able to check for and repair any leakage or damage throughout your system and chimney flue.

Chadds Ford Fireside Shop can help you determine the best products for your situation and is centrally located between Glen Mills and Chadds Ford, PA. We are on Route 202 close to the Delaware/PA state line. We service the Main Line, Montgomery County, Delaware County, and Chester County. Call Chadds Ford Fireside Shop at (610) 358-9355 or stop by today.

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Have You Turned Off Your Gas Fireplace?

 

A commonly asked question among fireplace owners centers around proper protocol in terms of turning off the pilot light on your gas fireplace, since homeowners are not likely to use their fireplaces during the approaching summer months.  There is generally concern focused on safety, finance and overall care of the specific unit.  Although each unit and situation is different, there are a few common particulars that universally address these concerns.  If your pilot light is still on in the dead of summer, that’s okay, but it’s not too late to reap the benefits of turning it off.  Here are three reasons why timing is critical to turning off your pilot light:

Safety

Gas-StoveThis overall concern is usually prompted by a general apprehension regarding safety.  Fireplace and homeowners want to ensure they are properly using their unit to avoid injury, mishap or property damage.  Common concerns include:  When the unit is not in use, is the continual expenditure of gas safe?  If I shut down the pilot light, are trace amounts of gas still being emitted into the air of my home?

Although gas fireplace units do not require a period of rest, making the decision to completely shut down your unit has its advantages.

  • The amount of gas emitted into your home by a unit with a standing pilot (a set of gas logs, or open gas fireplace), is by no means dangerous; however, that assumption is based off of proper ventilation.  When shutting down this type gas appliance for the season, it is recommended that owners leave their dampers open for proper ventilation.  Shutting down the gas completely allows gas unit owners to close this damper avoiding the minor pitfalls of an open damper (leaks, critters becoming roommates, and drafts).
  • Second, some consumers have concerns for gas leaks and other gas related issues (such as explosions) surrounding the downtime of gas fireplaces. There is no need for such concern, since gas products are completely safe even with a pilot burning; most sets are equipped with safety pilot systems, which completely stop the fuel flow if the pilot goes out. Even so, turning the unit off completely eradicate these issues from being a concern.

Gas fireplace products that meet industry standard and are installed properly by professionals are completely safe.  Individuals who choose to keep the pilot lit for impromptu use of their unit over the summer months can rest assured that doing so is completely harmless with regular system checks and inspections to ensure the unit is operating properly.

 

Finance

Finance is the second overall concern.  Home and fireplace owners want to know if there is a financial obligation associated with the continual operation of a gas unit.  Technically speaking, the answer is yes.  As long as the unit is in operational mode (whether it is being used or not) there are small amounts of gas and even smaller amounts of electricity (in some cases, depending on the unit type) being used.  However, on a general scale this amount is very minimal.  The amount you save can range from pennies to dollars depending on the particulars of your device.

Unit Maintenance

Lastly, owners worry about the overall upkeep of the unit.  Will turning my gas on and off damage my unit in any way?  Does the unit need a moment of reprieve when it is not being used?   Rest assured, modern fireplace units are sturdy devices.  Where it is not advised to shut the unit off and on, on a daily basis, shutting the unit off for an extended period of time will not cause harm.  They are built to last and withstand wear and tear.  However, turning off the device during the off-season can prolong the life expectancy of certain parts of the unit.  For example, the thermocouple, which measures temperature and works with the activation of the pilot’s flame, has a limited life expectancy.  Continual operation of the unit decreases its life span.  Turning the pilot off at the end of the heating season will prolong the life expectancy of the thermocouple, saving money in repair and/or replacement costs.

Overall, there is no mandatory time to turn off your gas unit.  However, if there is an extended period of time where you are not using your unit (i.e. the summer months), it can be beneficial for safety, savings and the overall maintenance of your device.

Chadds Ford Fireside Shop can help you determine the best products for your situation and is centrally located between Glen Mills and Chadds Ford, PA. We are on Route 202 close to the Delaware/PA state line. We service the Main Line, Montgomery County, Delaware County, and Chester County. Call Chadds Ford Fireside Shop at (610) 358-9355 or stop by today.

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Cleaning The Glass On Your Gas Fireplace

 

After a long dragged out winter, there is nothing more anticipated than the Spring season and with that comes the dreaded “spring cleaning.”  As you sit and assess your home and all the areas that need a little personal attention, one often overlooked item is the fireplace and hearth area.  I mean, really, what is there to clean if you own a gas fireplace?  Well, when winter rolls around again you realize how unattractive that cloudy white haze on your gas fireplace’s glass door appears, you will recall this moment when you chose to overlook that foggy glass door.

Why Do Glass Doors On Gas Fireplaces Get Dirty, When There Is No Coal Or Soot To Worry About?

Although there is no messy soot or black grime associated with the use of gas fireplaces, there is a buildup of condensation, which creates a white haze on the glass of your fireplace.  This gas contains chlorides that merge with the moisture, and adheres to the glass.  When these warm, moist burning gases come into contact with the relatively cool glass of an unlit hearth, the result is that hazy white buildup.  Often times, the condensation disappears when the heat from your fireplace is ignited; however, as this cycle repeats itself the condensation eventually becomes permanently etched into the glass.  It is very important to develop a habit of regular cleaning to avoid this occurrence; especially considering the alternative is complete glass replacement, which can be costly.

Gas Fireplace Glass Cleaning Tips

Before we discuss the ends and outs of cleaning your gas fireplace glass here are a couple of important points.

  • Always consult your owner’s manual.  The last thing you want to do is perform self-maintenance on your gas fireplace glass that voids any type of warranty or goes against the specific instructions of your unit.
  • Always be very careful.  When dealing with the glass on your fireplace it is important to avoid creating any nicks, scraps and scratches.  Once you heat up your unit, these tiny deficiencies can turn into full out breaks or cracks and eventually result in shattering.
  • Always stay ventilated.  Depending on the chemical you decide to use, remember to crack a window or two as not to inhale too many harsh fumes.  Oven cleaners and the like are safe when used in a properly ventilated area but can become deadly in an enclosed place.

Cleaning Your Gas Fireplace Glass

1429728577565 (342)Luckily, cleaning gas fireplace glass is easier than you would think with the right products.  The most effective products will contain very mild abrasives that work specifically to remove chloride.  Two pretty popular and well-reviewed products are Rutland White Off Glass Cleaner and Stove Bright Glass Cleaner.  If you choose to go the route of general household glass cleaners look for products that do not contain ammonia.

picglassOnce you have chosen a product that works for you and conforms to the requirements of your unit’s owner’s manual, the next step is to clean the glass.  Clean the glass as you would any other household glass such as a mirror or window pane.  Take precaution with the amount of pressure you apply to the glass but use enough light force and elbow grease to lightly buff away the blemishing chloride.

Once you complete this task you are left with spotlessly gleaming glass ready for the next time you want to bask in the ambiance of your fireplace.  Chadds Ford Fireside Shop can help you determine the best products for your situation and is centrally located between Glen Mills and Chadds Ford, PA. We are on Route 202 close to the Delaware/PA state line. We service the Main Line, Montgomery County, Delaware County, and Chester County. Call Chadds Ford Fireside at (610) 358-9355 or stop by today.

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Prepping Your Fireplace for The Season Change

 

After an exasperating and dragged out winter, everyone is enthusiastic that spring is here!  As we plan for more outdoorsy activities, the odds of sparking a warm relaxing fire fade, along with the memory of cold winter days.  Before we proceed with our outdoor adventures, it’s important to remember to prepare your fireplace for the season change.  Spring is the perfect time to take care of basic fireplace maintenance.  This will inevitably save you time and money, as well as help keep your family safe.

Do you own a wood burning fireplace or a gas fireplace?  The actions needed to prepare your fireplace for the season change depend upon your unit type.

Wood Burning Fireplaces

For those with wood burning fireplaces, the preparation and cleanup process is slightly more involved than gas burning fireplaces.

  • The first step of the process is to clean up any ashes in the interior of the fireplace.  This is important for two reasons:
  • It keeps the indoor air quality fresh.  Once you close your damper (next step), you reduce outward airflow from the home.  Any ash and soot left in the fireplace will travel throughout your home at the drop of a breeze.  To prevent this, simply clean it out.
  • It just looks better, and it prepares your fireplace for a fresh start come fall.
  • The second step in the process is to close your damper.  Once the fireplace is no longer being used, there is no need for the damper to remain open. Closing the damper will help prevent drafts, leakage during rainy days, and the intrusion of outside visitors such as birds, squirrels and raccoons. A closed damper helps to prevent your air-conditioned air from being drawn out of the house during the summer months, saving on energy costs.
  • The third step is to schedule a fireplace inspection and/or cleaning.  Regular inspections and cleanings are universally recommended for active fireplaces. Inspections entail checking chimneys and flues for cracks or leaks, as well as examining the damper and chimney cap to make sure they are in working order.  An inspection may result in the need for a chimney cleaning. A chimney cleaning reduces the amount of soot and creosote buildup in the flue (which is the leading cause of fireplace home fires).

Gas Fireplaces and Gas Logs

Gas-LogsAlthough gas fireplaces and gas logs do not entail the same amount of clean-up and physical maintenance of wood burning fireplaces, they do require a specific attention to detail to ensure safety and the longevity of your unit.

  • For a direct vent fireplace with an attached panel of glass in front of the opening, remove and clean the glass panel using hearth appliance glass cleaners only. If you have gas logs with a set of operable glass doors, you can clean the doors with the same product. Avoid using standard glass cleaning products, especially those that contain ammonia.
  • You can use a dry paintbrush to lightly brush off any soot that may have accumulated on the logs or interior of the fireplace.
  • Schedule your annual fireplace maintenance with a professional service technician.  Although creosote and soot are not as big an issue with a gas fireplace, the burner and other components of the unit still require detailed inspections.  Regular maintenance can add years of life to your gas fireplace, and reduce the amount spent on repairs and in-season service calls.
  • If your fireplace has a standing pilot, you may opt to turn it off during the spring and summer months. This can save some money in utilities, and reduce the chances of issues pertaining to gas in your home.  Before you do so, make sure you understand what is needed to relight the pilot of your unit.  If it’s something you can do, great; if it’s something a professional must do for you, then it is a good idea to make sure you do not plan to use the unit for the next couple of months, until you are ready to make that call.
  • Some people choose to leave the pilot light lit during the summer. This prevents spiders from building webs inside the pilot tube (a popular site for spider homes). It may wind up costing more money to schedule a service call to clean out the spider webs, than it does to keep the pilot running during the summer months.

Chadds Ford Fireside Shop can help you determine the best products for your situation and is centrally located between Glen Mills and Chadds Ford, PA. We are on Route 202 close to the Delaware/PA state line. We service the Main Line, Montgomery County, Delaware County, and Chester County. Call Chadds Ford Fireside at (610) 358-9355 or stop by today.

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