A backyard fireplace from Stockinger LawnScape Solutions’ landscaping services can transform your backyard into the outdoor living space you and your guests will love! They add warmth and ambiance like no other landscape feature, but do need a certain amount of fireplace maintenance to function properly.
Fireplaces serve as focal points for cozy, outdoor living rooms where people can gather and relax even when there is a chill in the air. But they do require some upkeep. Let’s take a look at a few tips to keep your backyard fireplace providing warmth all year long.
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BACKYARD FIREPLACE MAINTENANCE TIPS
1. Clean It Properly
Sweep out debris from the bottom of your fireplace and use creosote cleaning logs to clean your wood-burning fireplace regularly. If you have a gas-burning fireplace, you will need to clean the burners and fake logs to get rid of the ash and soot.
2. Trim Back Plants
If you have bushes, trees or tall grass plants near your fireplace, make sure they remain trimmed back before use. Most plants are highly flammable and will be a fire hazard if they are too close to the fireplace.
3. Don’t Use It During Temperature Shifts
In Minnesota we have extremely cold winters. Temperatures may at times be too low for a fireplace to operate effectively in.
Also be aware that if the weather has recently warmed up, you should wait a few more days before using your fireplace. This gives the equipment, bricks, logs and/or burners a chance to warm up and thaw so they are less likely to crack from the heat of the fire.
4. Repair Backyard Fireplace Bricks Promptly
If you notice damage on your outdoor fireplace, get it taken care of right away. This also goes for any cracking you see on the exterior. Brick repair will protect the structural integrity of your fireplace so you don’t end up with a big repair bill later on. Give us a call for any backyard fireplace maintenance on our installations.