How do I know if my fireplace flue is open or closed?

Before lighting a fire, you can tell if the damper is open by placing your hand into the fireplace. If you feel a draft coming down the chimney, it is a good indicator that the damper is open. If you don’t feel any cold air coming down the chimney, it means that the damper is closed.

How do you open a fireplace vent?

How do you open and close a flue?

If there’s a lever, move it side to side or up and down to release it before sliding it horizontally. This motion will cause the damper to slowly lower in to the closed position, so the lever will remain loose. For pull chains, pull the longer one to extricate the damper and the shorter to close the flue.

How do you use a fireplace flue?

How to Operate a Flue in a Wood Burning Fireplace
  1. Locate the flue lever before starting a fire. Some fireplaces have a lever while others will have pulley system consisting of two chains with rings on the end.
  2. Determine the position of the flue damper.
  3. Open the flue damper for a fire.
  4. Close the flue damper when there is no fire.

What happens if you forget to open the flue?

People often forget to open their chimney dampers when they build a nice warm fire. Unfortunately this can cause serious problems, as it blocks the use of the chimney. Your room will soon fill up with smoke, and even worse, you can start a chimney fire.

Is it OK to leave the flue open?

The damper should be kept open until all embers are finished burning to prevent smoke from escaping into the home. When the fireplace is not in use, the damper should always be closed. An open damper is like an open window, allowing large amounts of heat from the home to escape.

Can I go to sleep with a fire in the fireplace?

Can I go to sleep with a fire in the fireplace? You should never go to sleep while a fire is in the fireplace. Before going to bed, make sure the fire is completely extinguished.

Does a fireplace really heat a room?

Can a Fireplace Really Heat Your Home? Absolutely! And many houses already have a fireplace. It’s just a matter of using it to bring some much-desired warmth into your home.

Should you open a window when you have a fire in the fireplace?

Open a window when using the fireplace to prevent the room from becoming smoky. The air coming in from the window will go up the chimney. Before making a fire, open the glass doors, pull aside the screen curtains, and place the kindling, newspaper and logs inside. The window needs to be open only a few inches.

How do you make a fire in a glass door in a fireplace?

First, open the flue. Build a fire with dry, seasoned firewood and kindling or fire starter bricks.Then close the metal mesh screen but leave the glass doors open. Make sure anything that can burn is at least 3 feet away from the fireplace. When the fire goes out, close the glass doors.

How do you start a fire in a fireplace?

Start off by stacking your large fuel logs on the bottom of the fire grate. Stack smaller logs on top. Add a kindling layer (small twigs about the size of your pinky) on top of the stack. Top off the stack with bunched up newspaper balls and other tinder.

How do you build a good fire in a fireplace?

Start by placing two pieces of firewood on the grate in your fireplace. Now crumple newspaper, which is your tinder, and place it between the firewood. Place the kindling on top. Add one or two more pieces of firewood on top of the other logs, and be sure to leave enough room for air to circulate around the logs.

Is it OK to burn cardboard in a fireplace?

Cardboard in all forms (including pizza, cereal, and shipping boxes) should never be burned in your fireplace. These materials are often treated with wax, plastic, ink, paint, and other materials which can release toxic fumes when burned.

How do you start a fire in a fireplace without smoke?

Below are a number of tips that can help you start a fire with less smoke every time.
  1. Use the right firewood.
  2. Open the damper.
  3. Avoid fires on windy days.
  4. Build a top down fire.
  5. Call a chimney sweep.

Is it OK to burn newspaper in fireplace?

Any paper that has a glossy coating, such as wrapping paper, magazines and newspaper inserts are inappropriate for burning in a fireplace. The processing of these types of paper involves toxic chemicals that are released when burning. Only use plain newspaper or uncoated paper in your fireplace, and use it sparingly.

Are Duraflame logs bad for your fireplace?

Duraflame firelogs (other than stax logs) should not be burned in wood stoves or fireplace inserts that have doors that will affect airflow.

Why are Duraflame logs bad?

Firestarter logs (commonly known by the brand, Duraflame) are readily available in the house. These logs are designed to start fires in fireplaces easily, as they are highly flammable. If ingested by dogs, the compressed sawdust and wax within these logs can result in a foreign body obstruction in the stomach.