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Fireplace & Wood Burner Maintenance

It’s highly important that you are able to maintain your fireplace or wood burner. Wood burning stoves also require regular maintenance to ensure that everything is working effectively and as efficiently as possible. If you find that you have an older fireplace or wood burner then our team can also offer you impartial advice and support regarding this. You may find that an upgrade can make your fireplace or wood burner more efficient which is becoming more and more important in the current climate. This article discusses all things maintenance related and the situations in which you may want to consider purchasing an upgraded wood burner or fireplace unit.


At CALA Heating – we are one of the leading independent fireplace installers in Bristol as well as wood burners & wood-burning stove installers in Bristol and across the South West. We are proud of our dedication to our new and current clients. Whether you have a question about the installation process or want to find out more information about a fireplace or wood burner – we are available to help. Get in touch today by calling our team or by using an online contact form on our website.


Read on to find out more about our maintenance tips for fireplaces and wood burners. If you require any further information – get in touch now.


Fireplace Maintenance Tips



Your fireplace is a great way to heat your home and in the winter months, it’s highly likely to see a lot of use. With the cost of living and cost of fuel crisis – it’s a fantastic time to purchase your fireplace and it’s likely you are going to be using it more than ever. Here are some fantastic tips to carry out fireplace maintenance now. We’ve also included some tips that will let you know when it’s time to potentially think about purchasing a new fireplace or a replacement fireplace:


For Maintenence:

  • Ensure that you have a regular interior cleaning schedule. Your fireplace creates a wonderful ambience and warmth around your home so cleaning your fireplace should be a priority in your fireplace maintenance schedule. Not only does cleaning the interior of your fireplace regularly make your fireplace look great, but it will also run more efficiently too!

  • Be wary of creosote and soot. Creosote is a black or brown residue that is a harmful byproduct of burning wood. It can block your chimney or cause a fire hazard so it’s very important that you maintain your fireplace against creosote build-up. Soot also forms and they stick to a wider area. This is why you need to ensure you are cleaning regularly and if you fear creosote or soot build-up or you’ve inherited a fireplace that doesn’t look clean – it’s time to call in the professionals.

  • Not all woods are the same when burning! This is a key aspect when choosing the fuel for your fireplace! Wood should be dried for 6-12 months before burning and there are a number of types of wood that naturally hold moisture.

If your fireplace has experienced any of the issues above for extended periods of time or is having certain difficulties such as lighting, smoke is not being dispersed properly or other issues that feel as if something is wrong with your fireplace then it’s time to call in the experts – and you may require a fireplace upgrade or replacement. Modern fireplaces are more efficient so if you are concerned with current energy prices or want a more efficient heating source then we highly recommend you consider fireplace installation.


Wood Burner Maintenence Tips



Wood Burners have some similarities to fireplaces but some key differences. We’ve included some of the best tips for maintaining your wood burner below as well as when it might be time for a replacement:

  • A service schedule is recommended for wood-burning stoves to ensure peak efficiency and can be more frequent than for fireplaces.

  • Clean the internal elements of your wood burner or wood-burning stove. These elements lack the longevity of other components of the system. Cleaning the glass, checking for rust and checking the rope seals are vital tasks that you should undertake in your personal maintenance schedule.

  • In the summer months – leave the door slightly open. This ensures that your wood burner is not closed over the summer months. A lack of airflow can cause corrosion inside of the system so airflow can help to fight this risk of corrosion.


At CALA Heating – we are one of the leading independent fireplace installers in Bristol as well as wood burners & wood-burning stove installers in Bristol and across the South West.


If you have concerns about your current fireplace or wood burner/wood burning stove or you want to find out more about the benefits of installing one of these fantastic products – get in touch with our team today! You can get in touch using an online contact form on our website or call our team directly now.


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