How to clean a fireplace? Prepare it for winter!

How to clean a fireplace? Prepare it for winter!


The cold is here and winter is just around the corner. That’s why we must prepare the chimney and get it ready to perform at its best.

The answer to the question “how to clean a chimney?” has a very important objective: to remove soot. Soot gives rise to creosote, a very toxic and polluting substance that, in addition to damaging your chimney and being highly polluting for the environment, is also harmful to your health. We recommend you read the post “What is chimney soot? Is it dangerous?“.

How to clean soot from the chimney

The ignition, key to its maintenance

The ignition of the fireplace is one of the most important parts to keep it in good condition. Using the correct firewood and knowing how to ignite it will prevent poor combustion and the generation of harmful particles.

  • The firewood must be dry (humidity less than 20%) and not resinous. Keep in mind that wood with 50% or 60% humidity does not heat, has a very bad combustion, creates a lot of tar, gives off excessive water vapor and produces excessive sediment in the appliance, glass and flue. You can also use pressed wood briquettes.
  • Use an ignition tablet and wood chips and place logs cut in the shape of a triangle. It is essential to leave space between the logs and chips to allow air to circulate.
  • Recharge the firewood once we have embers and we have spread them all over the chamber.
  • Control the air draft.
  • Do not light the fireplace with paper.
  • Follow the installation tips with the help of a professional.

In this video we show you how a wood stove or fireplace works and how to light it correctly.

How to clean a chimney

First of all, you must make sure that the chimney is completely cold. Secondly, we must sweep or vacuum the inside of the chimney, as well as remove the tray where the ashes are.

Vacuuming the inside of the chimney

Once we have done these steps, a chimney sweep should be performed, with a deep cleaning. In the post “How to sweep a chimney?” we explain the two types of chimney sweeping and how to perform each one.

Cleaning the combustion chamber of the chimney

The combustion chamber is the most important part of the chimney and we must treat it as such. Its maintenance and cleaning is essential.

You can use a stiff bristle brush (not wire) and scrub the chamber together with specialized products. To choose this product, we recommend that you consult a professional.

Simply leave the chosen product for 15 minutes, scrub with the brush and rinse with clean, warm water until it is clean. Leave the door of the chimney open so that it dries well.

Once we have finished cleaning, close the flue to prevent anything from getting inside and clean the glass well. To clean the chimney glass, use a specific product, we recommend you to buy “HG 0.5L stove glass cleaner” that you can find in any store or hardware store.

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3 responses to “How to clean a fireplace? Prepare it for winter!”

  1. It’s definitely important for us to keep our fireplace as safe as possible for the upcoming seasons. With how often we’re going to use that, it could be extremely crucial for us to avoid any kind of fire risk so that our house isn’t in danger. I’ll look around for a chimney cleaning service that can assist us with that kind of maintenance moving forward.

  2. Mia Evans says:

    It got me when you said that soot will cause creosote which is toxic and a pollutant that can damage the chimney and the environment. I should probably look for a chimney cleaning company to work on my property now that we will be using it a lot. Winter is almost coming and it definitely has to be ready for our safety and to keep us comfortable in our home.

  3. Steve Smith says:

    I like how you mentioned that a vacuum process for fireplace cleaning would be a safer process approach. My brother told me a few nights ago that he was planning to have their fireplace cleaned because of a lack of maintenance and to prevent debris build-up. He asked if I had any suggestions to resolve the issue. Thanks to this helpful fireplace guide article for the best planning approach. I’ll tell him it will be much better if he consults a trusted fireplace cleaning service as they can provide detailed information about the cleaning process.

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