Published at Saturday, September 15th, 2018 - 21:51:44 PM. Fireplace. By Christiane Elssler.
Remember that a screen for the fireplace is both decorative and useful for the fireplace so it is necessary to examine the screen that you are going to purchase has a good quality but still economical. It may be best to consider the traditional and modern looks when choosing a fireplace screen. You have to make sure that the fireplace screen you choose has decorative and protective features. Before buying a screen for your fireplace, it is essential to know certain details about your fireplace. You should know about the measurements of your fireplace in order to know the dimension of the screen you need. A fireplace screen made of wrought iron can give your fireplace an attractive design.
This said however, in any wood burning fireplace it is vital to use the right kind of wood that is cut to a convenient size. Hardwoods such as oak or fruitwood are the best option as they give off the most heat. Softwoods such as birch give off a good heat but tend to be consumed pretty quickly, while pine contains a lot of spark forming resin that can spit all over your floor or rug. Ideally, logs should measure between 9 and 14 inches long although it doesn’t hurt to use a couple of larger logs on your fire to give it a bit of character. Only ever use seasoned wood in your fireplace. If you try to burn green wood the heat produced by combustion must dry the wood before it will burn and you risk a buildup of creosote in your chimney which creates an imminent fire hazard. In addition by using well seasoned wood you will you get a much hotter fire; thus creating more heat for your home. It is worth bearing in mind that all wood for burning should be seasoned for a minimum of six months and stored under cover, so it is best to buy and stack firewood well in advance of the coldest months.
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