Fireplaces, Wood Burning Stoves, Pellet Stoves
Majority of newer homes built today, often will have the O-Clearance fireplace. The O-Clearance fireplaces are a prefab unit built within 1-2” away from the wood members in the chimney chase. These fireplaces come in three ways, they will be set up for burning natural gas, propane or wood burning. If yours is set up for natural gas/propane it is virtually a maintenance free fireplace with the occasional soot removal. For your wood burners if used a lot during the winter it needs to be cleaned every year. With the exception of using the manufactured logs (saw dust and paraffin wax) the creosote build up is five times grater than wood, so the frequency of cleaning can be every six months to once a year.
WOOD BURNING STOVE
Wood burning stoves are one of the most efficient ways to heat your home. These stoves need to be cleaned every year, especially the stoves that have re burn capability.
Wood Pellets: Innovative Heat
Wood pellets are a new fuel option that has answered the need for clean-burning, renewable energy. Stoves and inserts burn pellets, made of compressed sawdust, that might otherwise end up in landfills. The fuel is consistent in size, moisture and density and comes in forty-pound bags. Simply pour the pellets into a hopper and they are automatically fed into the stove. A single load of fuel can burn for 24 hours or longer. Pellets are one of the cleanest, most convenient sources of home heating. These stoves should be cleaned every year if they are used a lot in a cold winter.
WOOD BURNING FIREPLACE
Masonry/brick fireplaces are found in older homes and upper end homes built today. Typical uses are wood burning, or an installed ceramic gas log set. For your wood burning fireplace, if you burn a cord of dry seasoned wood every year, you should clean every year. For your gas log set if it is used every night, clean every year, if used only on your colder winter nights, clean every 2 to 4 years.
(Rule of thumb on gas logs is, if there is a lot of soot build up on logs and back fire box wall it need’s to be cleaned)