It’s important to keep your outdoor fireplace well-maintained for both aesthetic and safety reasons.
We suggest are some tasks that you could do every time you use your fire place, others less frequently.
For wood-burning fireplaces:
- Use a broom or outdoor wet-dry vacuum to clean debris, soot and leaves from the fireplace
- There is no set time as to when you should clean your chimney; the buildup of creosote is the residue of burning wood. If you only use your fireplace a few times a month you might not have to call in a professional cleaner as often as those who use it every week or more. After using your fireplace for a full year check with a professional for an assessment of the chimney’s condition.
- Inspect your fireplace’s screen for dents, scratches or other deterioration that may lead to rust from Atlanta’s changing seasons.
For gas-burning fireplaces:
- Always check that the gas is off before you leave.
- Clean the burners with a cloth or soft-bristle brush to keep them free of soot. Always check manufacturer instructions to ensure you don’t void your warranty.
If you see nearby vegetation beginning to overgrow, cut it back promptly. The fireplace bricks must be free of weeds and grass; plant roots can cause damage if they come up through any natural cracks in the stone.