Henriette Fireplace December 14th, 2017 - 12:02:42
Fireplace screens can serve as spark arrestors for the wood burning fireplace and as decorative items or they can help protect a hearth floor area from rolling logs moving around as flames burn off a wood stack in the case of sturdier types of screens. Most screens are made of metal such as brass or more commonly wrought iron or steel. Since fireplace screens are subjected to the full heat of the fireplace they must be made of durable materials. Perhaps the most common type of fireplace screen is the mesh spark arrestor made of finely wrought interlinked chains, which are hung from a rod suspended from the lintel inside the fireplace opening. The screens can be drawn shut like a curtain when needed or opened when the fireplace is not in use.
Once you have finished cleaning your chimney, the next step in cleaning your fireplace to prepare it for the coming warmer months, is to clean out the firebox. You will need to give your firebox walls a good brushing with a nice stiff brush. Knock down all the loose soot and ash that has gotten stuck to the brick walls and flue. Remove your fireplace grate and set it to the side on a newspaper. Keep it from touching your finished flooring, as it will leave a nice sooty footprint. You will clean this and your other fireplace tools in the next step. Using your fireplace shovel, you will need to scoop out as much of the completely cooled ash and the chunks of unburned wood as you can. Using your fireplace brush, sweep the remainder of the ash onto your shovel and into an ash bucket.
An alternative to using a fireplace brush to get the rest of the ash out would be to use a vacuum. Make sure you use a vacuum that has a good filter on it, as ash has very tiny particles. Ash vacuums are specially designed with extra fine filters, so this would be a great option. It is not as messy as sweeping up all that ash, either! Another advantage to using ash vacuums is that you do not have to wait until your ashes and embers are completely cooled before vacuuming them up. Make sure you carefully read all labels and instructions on your specific ash vacuum. If you really want to do a deep cleaning, you can use a damp rag and wipe down the walls and floor of your firebox. This is completely optional and only for those who like that "white glove" test.
If you have a sitting arrangement where you have made it possible for people to pretty much focus on one point, then you have a great place for a fireplace. Its just like arranging a room around a television. Only this time, its a different room where no fireplace exists. Its just a nice place to talk and enjoy each others company with a fireplace...in the middle of the room. Back Yard Thats right! Take it outside. Enjoy the fireplace experience in your backyard. Put it on the patio or your deck. Anywhere you think you would like to have some company, build yourself a nice fireplace. Of course, you can get a little more involved with the fireplace construction and build yourself a nice rock or brick structure to house your fireplace insert. Let it stand about six feet tall if you want. Its up to you. Learn how to build it and your company will come. Those are all great ideas. But, give your own home some thought. If you have an area, any area that you think would look nice with a fireplace, chances are you are right. The only stupid place for a fireplace, is that place where there isnt one yet.