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This is a guide about cleaning your fireplace. A fireplace can provide not only heat but ambiance. Keeping it clean will improve its efficiency and safety. Whether you are removing ash and soot on the surround or creosote buildup from the chimney, a regular cleaning is necessary.
Keep your fireplace damper closed unless you're burning a fire to prevent up to 8% of your furnace heated air from going up your chimney.
By Terri H.
I take quart canning jars and fill them full of water and put inside my fireplace on either side of it. It helps keep moisture in the air. Before I start another fire I fill jars up again.