Author – Todd Woofenden
If you have never used the fireplace before, or if it has been over a year since you have had it checked by a professional, have your chimney professional check the fireplace and chimney before you use it.
Ask him/her about how the damper works, and for any observations that might point to potential problems with the fireplace. Chimney professionals are trained to check the venting system and spot possible hazards that a layman would miss. Essentially, using the fireplace is a matter of opening the damper, setting the fire, and lighting it – there’s not much to it! A day or so later, when the fire is completely out, including the coal bed, you should close the damper again, to prevent heat loss up the flue.
But before you start your first fire, read the articles on Fire Safety and How to Build a Fire.
~ Todd Woofenden