Making The Most Of Your Fireplace This Summer

In winter, your wood burning fireplace is a cozy corner in your home, filled with a crackling fire and luxurious warmth. When the weather warms up, it can become a sooty dead zone, as it’s too hot to light a fire. Instead of letting your fireplace gather dust and go unused during the summer months, here are some ideas of what you can do with the space.

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Having trouble getting your fire to ignite? There are several factors that you need to consider when trying to start a fire. It can take a while to become a master fire starter, but until then make sure you’re not making any of these common errors, which could be the reasons for your fire’s failure.

  • Closed/ partially closed damper

For the best fire results, you need to make sure that your damper is open all the way so that your fire has enough airflow and oxygen to burn. A damper is the valve or plate that stops or regulates the flow of air inside of your fireplace.

  • Wood that�s too wet or green

The best type of wood to burn in a wood-burning stove or fireplace is wood that’s brown and dry. The type of wood you use is imperative to get a good fire going. If the wood is still green (young wood) or too wet, your fire may burn, but it will be extremely smoky. The chimney may be unable to carry out all of the smoke if too much is produced too quickly, and the fire may be smothered.

  • A cold chimney

If you’ve experienced very cold temperatures lately, this could be the reason why you’re battling to light your fire. The incoming cold air in your chimney may be spreading to your fireplace and making it difficult to light. You may also experience excess smoke as the cold air is not allowing the warm, smoky air to pass.

  • Too little tender

It’s very difficult to start a good fire with just big chunks of wood. You also need bits of small flammable twigs, known as tender to help you get your fire going. You can also use newspaper and resinous fatwood to assist in kindling your fire.

  • An old fireplace

If your fireplace is too old, it may not be effective in facilitating the lighting of a fire. Quadra-Fire fireplaces have a four-point burner system that allows for a fast lighting fire. The Precision Start Up feature send air quickly to the heart of the fire.

At Quadra-Fire, we’re passionate about teaching our customers to make the most of their fireplaces and stoves. Visit our website today to learn more about our products.

Why You Should Be Careful About Storing Your Firewood Inside

Creating a roaring fire is not only dependent on an efficient wood burning fireplace, but also on the type of firewood you use. You need to ensure that firewood is stored in an area away from the elements to keep it dry and ready for burning. You can create stylish firewood storage in your home that is an interior design feature in itself, but you need to be careful when storing your firewood inside.

Although it is more convenient than having to venture outdoors in the cold, keeping your firewood inside can actually allow a myriad of insects to make their way into your home.

  • Types of insects that live in firewood

Firewood can play host to a number on insects. Beetles love to live underneath bark or inside the wood where they lay their eggs, and the larvae can live inside the wood up to two years! The beetle larvae create tunnels underneath the bark of a newly cut tree and feed on the moisture and sap of the wood’s cells.

Dry firewood attracts bees and wasps while damp wood attracts termites, bark lice and centipedes to name a few. These insects may infest your home if you store the firewood inside so always dry out your wood as quickly as possible.

  • How to prevent insect infestation in firewood

You can do so by placing the wood in a space with abundant air and keep the firewood above ground and away from any moisture. The ideal time to cut down some wood or purchase it is from late Summer to late Autumn. Then let it season or dry for at least six months before it is scheduled to be used.

Don’t ever use pesticides to try and kill insects that may be living in your wood as it will just burn in your fireplace which isn’t good for the air. If you want to keep your firewood inside, make sure you only bring it in 1-2 days before you plan on burning it. Any longer and you could be letting these critters escape into your home.

Looking for an efficient wood burning fireplace for your home? Quadra-Fire has a range of freestanding and insert wood fireplaces. Browse our range online or contact your local store for more details.

5 Ways to Tell If Your Wood Burning Fireplace Is Efficient

A wood burning fireplace is a great way to keep your home warm, but can you tell if your fireplace is working efficiently? Sure, the house may feel warm but if your fireplace isn’t working efficiently, it can end up costing you money and cause excess pollution. Here are five way to tell if your wood burning fireplace is working efficiently.

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The Five Stages Of Installing A Fireplace

There are many reasons why you should install a wood fireplace in your home. Once you’ve made the decision to get one, here are the five stages that you will go through to get it up and running.

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How To Update Your Old Wood Fireplace

If you have an old wood fireplace in your home, you may think that the best thing to do would be to haul it out, brick in the space and instead use a conventional heater for warmth. However, there are several ways to give your old fireplace a makeover while still keeping its rustic character.

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Australian Fireplace Regulations – What You Should Know

Wood burning fireplaces can’t be rivalled when it comes to an authentic, multi-sensory experience. Choosing a fireplace for your home must be done carefully, though, because there are stringent regulations in place in Australia to ensure that safety and emission standards are met. Read more

Have You Checked Your Chimney For Creosote Build-Up?

You’ve probably been using your fireplace in the cold season and will continue to do so until the Australian summer arrives. There’s nothing like a slow-burning wood fire to bring radiant heat and life to your home, but the combustion process can leave a deposit behind in your chimney that must be cleaned out for the sake of your family’s health and safety. Read more

What Are The Environmental Effects Of A Wood Burning Fireplace?

For many people, the misconceptions of the environmental impacts of a wood burning fireplace prevent them from experiencing the true benefits of what a wood heater can offer.

More often than not, environmental concerns such as increasing air pollution are associated to wood-burning fireplaces; however, these outdated assumptions are often not entirely true.

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Questions To Ask Yourself Before Deciding On What Fireplace To Install

A wood burning fireplace is universally agreed to be the one feature in any home that creates both a centrepiece attraction for you and your guests, as well as great heating source during these cold winter months. The question is, what type of fireplace will suit your home the best?

Here are a series of questions you should ask yourself before deciding on what fireplace to install in your home:

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