The dangers of chimney fires can’t be emphasized enough. They do happen – not very often – but when people encounter chimney fires it’s an experience they’ll never forget, and certainly won’t want repeated. Always use the best wood available. Buy it from a reputable supplier. Make sure it’s well seasoned, and good quality wood. Be sure that what you’re burning in your fireplace is safe, and isn’t going to damage your chimney or worse, burn your house down.
Here are some photos of chimney fires, kindly given to us by our friends at the Fire Department. Be warm, be safe!
Perfectly balanced Butterfly dampers can blow closed with a downdraft reversing the fire into your home. If your damper is loose and doesn’t stay open or closed, it’s dangerous and should be repaired.
With fire season upon us, take a good look at your Pinon and Juniper trees close to your home. There are hundreds of little dead branches that make excellent kindling for your fireplace or a forest fire!
Should a forest fire come through, removing the dead wood and lower branches would create a more defensable space and could save your home.
For a tight house with modern windows an exhaust fan in your bathroom or clothes dryer can pull enough air out of your house to cause your fireplace to smoke. Radon exhaust fans are notorious for causing fireplaces to smoke, often cracking a nearby window will balance out your air.
Does your kiva smoke into your home on occasion? Tear off a piece of aluminum foil and slide it between your plaster and screen creating a temporary dam at the top of your arch. Smoke pulls more smoke behind it, so redirecting it up your chimney makes for a more enjoyable fire!
Casey’s ‘Top Hat’
Santa Fe, NM 87505