Maintaining fireplace

raineygirlMarch 2, 2013

I know that it's suggested that you get a chimney sweep every year, but what about if you hardly ever use your fireplace? I hardly use mine and some winters, not even once. I only burn the artificial logs too. I can't imagine that there has even a lot of creosote buildup but I don't want to risk a fire either.

Any suggestions on a safe number?

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berlin

If you have a masonry fireplace (not a metal pre-fab), doing what you're doing, don't worry about it; once/ decade would be an abundance of caution.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2013 at 10:16PM
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raineygirl

Berlin,

I live in a condo so I'm pretty sure it's the metal pre fab you described. The person who lived here before me Never used it so its doubtful that there is any or much creosote buildup. I did have a chimney sweep done when I first moved here (almost 10 yrs ago). I just hate to waste my money!

    Bookmark   March 5, 2013 at 2:25PM
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royalsmith

Hi,
I can understand your problem.There is important to safe fireplace and energy conservation.Regular firebricks can't tolerate the higher temperatures.you should check chimney cap as regular habit. I Have one question
is it wood burning fireplace or gas fireplace?

    Bookmark   March 8, 2013 at 2:58AM
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berlin

With a pre-fab fireplace w/ good cap, have it inspected once every three to five years if occasionally used. With this type of fireplace creosote buildup isn't the main concern, the innermost liner in the triple wall stack is the concern - it's typically NOT made of stainless steel and has been known to rot out prematurely with significant consequence for the safety of the system; you want to make sure that this inner liner is intact and in good condition every few years.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2013 at 12:59PM
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raineygirl

Royalsmith, it is a wood burning fireplace. I only burn the fake firewood when I do use it. I guess it's time to have an inspection on it.
Berlin, how do I know if its a prefab or not? I live in a condo...does that make a difference?

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 10:18PM
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