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Fireplace Maintenance

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Nothing is more relaxing than warming up next to your fireplace after a day on the slopes at Taos Ski Valley, Angel Fire Resort, Red River or Sipapu.  With ski season just around the corner, making sure your fireplace is maintained and ready for the season should be a top priority. 

Wood Burning Stove or Fireplace

If you have a wood burning stove or fireplace, be aware that these are more likely to start unwanted fires than gas fireplaces.  With that in mind, your fireplace and chimney should be inspected and cleaned once per year.  Using your wood burning stove or fireplace can leave deposits, or creosote, on the inside of your chimney that can reduce airflow and become flammable.  Some people purchase creosote logs.  These inexpensive logs can remove creosote from the inside of your chimney as they burn.  However, it is best to hire a local professional to inspect and clean both your fireplace and chimney with the most appropriate and efficient equipment.  Here are a few local companies that can provide these services. 

Ridge Riders Chimney Sweep | 575-741-0225

Terry Chimney Services | 575-758-1825

Bailey’s Chimney | 575-770-7769

Gas Fireplace

Gas fireplaces are also common and requires a little difference approach.  Inspecting your gas lines for damage or leaks is the most important step in maintaining your gas fireplace.  If you suspect a gas leak, evacuate immediately and call either your local fire department or propane provider. They’ll be able to sniff out the leak and most propane providers can also fix the leak on the spot. Gas lines are dangerous and should be fixed by a licensed professional.

Regardless of what type of fireplace you have and whether or not it is maintained, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are critical.  You should have one smoke and carbon monoxide detector centrally located on every level and in every bedroom in your home.  Detectors should be tested monthly and batteries changed twice per year.  For more winter safety recommendations from the Angel Fire Fire Department, please view this document.

Have a warm and safe winter!

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4 Responses to “Fireplace Maintenance”

  • premierairmt
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    Once you’ve had a fireplace in your home, you won’t want to give it up. Whether you have a traditional fireplace or opt for a modern firebox or electric fireplace there are many benefits to having a fireplace in your home.

  • Henry Killingsworth
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    It was helpful when you mentioned that a fireplace and chimney should be inspected and cleaned at least once a year. My wife and I are thinking of having a wood-burning fireplace installed in the custom cabin that we are designing. I would imagine that it would be a good idea to have the fireplace inspected more often if we use it frequently.

    • Tara Chisum
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      Hi Henry, thanks for the comment. Yes, if you use it A LOT or if you burn wood that is a little green, having your fireplace and chimney inspected/cleaned more often is a great idea.

  • Burnice
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    Great tips! I never realized that having a dirty fireplace could lead to a chimney fire. I will definitely make sure to keep my fireplace clean and have it inspected annually to prevent any potential hazards. Thanks for sharing this valuable information!

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