Nothing gets you ready for the chill of winter like a log burning in the fireplace. But with all the months of warmer weather, it’s possible you weren’t keeping up with proper fireplace maintenance. From firewood storage to hearth accessories, here are some tips to keep your fireplace stocked and ready this season.
Seasoning Sheds for Efficiency and Safety
Well-seasoned wood is one of the most important keys to burning an efficient fire. ShelterLogic’s Firewood Seasoning Shed will provide drier wood, while giving it an extra barrier against pests. This shed is specially designed to create burnable wood 2 times faster than open air drying. The polyethylene fabric cover lets light in and retains the heat to properly season your wood. This option also includes:
- Heavy-duty steel frame
- ShelterLock stabilizers for extra strength
- Vapor barrier to block ground moisture and combat condensation
But one of the most important reasons to add a seasoning shed to your fireplace maintenance routine is to increase your safety. Unseasoned wood contains extra water, which could create build up in your chimney and cause a fire.
Leaving your firewood outside without any protection means it’s susceptible to ground moisture, pests, and of course rot. Why go through all the trouble of cutting your own firewood if it doesn’t burn properly? A simple choice with minimal footprint is to add a durable firewood rack to your back yard. This attractive choice features an onyx trim and protective cover. This will go great on your porch, deck, or patio. Another added bonus is easy assembly thanks to pre-cut and pre-drilled parts.
Pro Tip: Want to learn how to stack firewood? There are several ways to do it, and you can learn how here.
Accessories for Fireplace Maintenance
These hearth accessories will make your life easier when it comes time to burn a fire. And it helps to add a nice aesthetic touch to your home this season, too! Here are a few must-have tools for fireplace maintenance:
Rolling Firewood Cart: Who wants to lug around heavy firewood from outside all the way into the fireplace? This accessory is ready to roll, with a super sturdy frame and all terrain tires. The powder coat finish will stand up to the elements.
Fireplace Scrollwork Screen: This ornamental screen is style and function wrapped into one. It keeps you safer while burning a fire and adds a gorgeous touch to your hearth.
Classic Log Holder: This decorative piece will keep your logs easily accessible, while making your space look even more inviting! The all-steel square tube frame stores logs neatly and safely.
Fireplace Toolset: This 5-piece set includes a poker, tongs, shovel, brush, and stand. This is the perfect accent to your fireplace.
With a few fireplace maintenance tips, tools, and accessories, you’ll be ready for winter in no time. Now you’ll ensure efficient fires and your family’s safety at the same time.