Fire place accessories go hand and hand with owning a Fireplace.
We already know that there are three choices one can make when choosing a fireplace; masonry fireplaces, gas fireplaces, wood fireplaces.
If you have read through my blog, you already know my personal opinion is that nothing beats the warmth and ambience of a wood fireplace.
“Some fire place accessories can aid in the overall performance of the fireplace”
If you already have a fireplace installed in your home, it is equally important to accessorise it with some quality tools that help it to stay clean. Some fire place accessories can aid in the overall performance of the fireplace. But on top of that, they keep us safe from chimney fires and other potential hazards.
Some common fire place accessories are fireplace inserts, fireplace doors, chimney caps, chimney brushes, chimney pipe, grates, firewood racks and more. A lot of these fire place accessories are for convenience or decoration.
Fire place accessories are more than decoration!
The accumulation of creosote on the insides of the chimney is an unavoidable phenomenon. Creosote is a corrosive, foul smelling and highly combustible substance formed when volatile gases are released while burning. When the gases pass through the chimney, they get condensed and combine to form creosote. As the creosote develops, it restricts the flow of smoke through the chimney and can lead to chimney fires.
A creosote sweeping log is a product that is burned in the fireplace. While it burns, it releases active minerals that help dry out the creosote while you are enjoying a relaxing evening by the fire. A Creosote Sweeping Log not only decreases the creosote to a significant extent, but also prevents the creosote from becoming too solid. A creosote sweeping log burns for approximately 90 minutes. The creosote sweeping log treatment works for a period of 15 days, gradually making the creosote brittle and compels it to break away.
A Creosote Remover can also be used. A Creosote Remover is a cleansing agent that, if used regularly, eliminates the risk of fire due to clinging of flammable deposits. It can be a greasy job which turns tar-like creosote into a non-adhering, loose ash that can be brushed away easily. It comes in multiple forms such as granular, liquid, and easy to use toss-in-stick. Following the directions of the manufacturer, you will find that in no time you will have a fire that burns cleaner, with improved efficiency.
There are a lot of fire place accessories available. Remember that no matter the claims, these products are not a replacement for having your chimney swept.
A complete understanding of how a chimney works is also a great start to a complete understanding of fireplace safety.