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Get your fireplace ready for winter

by Amen Sharma

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For many of us, our wood burners or open fires are no longer the primary source of heating in our homes. However, we’re sure you’ll agree, that there’s nothing nicer on a dark, icy winter’s night than seeing the flickering flames of a fire, as you sit and sip on a glass of warm mulled wine.

Before you reach for those onesies (maybe that’s just us?) and settle in on your sofa for an evening of cosiness, it’s a good idea to ensure that your fireplace (and chimney!) are ready for the winter ahead.

Have your chimney cleaned

It’s always advisable to have your chimney cleaned before winter. One of the most common causes of a chimney fire is the soot (or creosote) inside the chimney setting alight. This is why it’s so important to keep your chimney as clean as possible, by getting it swept regularly.

How many times you need to have your chimney swept throughout the burning season, burning good quality oak will help reduce the amount of cleans you need.

Give that glass a clean

If you have a wood burning stove, you’ll know that cleaning the glass can be one of the most taxing tasks.

One really simple tip to keep your glass gleaming is too wet a piece of old newspaper, dip it in ash and gently rub away the dirt.

This method is much better than any cleaner we’ve purchased and best of all, it’s free!

Consider a fireplace facelift with a floating oak beam

For many of us, our fireplace is the focal point of our living room. During the winter, having the fire lit draws, even more, attention to this area.

Installing an oak beam on your fireplace not only adds a new feature to your room, but it can also provide you with a place to display some or your pictures or ornaments, or, dare we say the ‘C’ word, a wonderful backdrop for your Christmas decorations.

Oak beams come in many different styles, so you should be able to find one that suits your taste, whether you prefer the rustic look or something more classic.

Oak fireplace beams are great for adding character to a room and, as oak is such a tough, durable wood, you can rest safe in the knowledge that you are investing in something that will last.

Want some advice about which oak beam to go for…

Here at Traditional Beams, we offer our customers free expert advice about our British-made oak fireplace beams.

Get in touch today to speak to one of our friendly team.

Why not take a look at some of our oak beams to see if there’s one you like?