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Whether you built a new home or bought an existing one, having a place with a fireplace can add something extra to the space. Whether it’s wood-burning, gas, or electric, it can be intimidating to use a fireplace for the first time. Below are some tips that may help with the process.

Read the Manual

Hopefully, your new fireplace comes with a manual. This can be incredibly helpful in giving you insight on the best ways to use it and take care of it. For wood-burning fireplaces, it should give you an idea of how to light a fire. For electric and gas fireplaces, the manual should be able to answer all of your questions about how to use the item.

If you can’t find or don’t have a manual, do a search online. It’s amazing what can be found on there, and you may be able to find an electronic version of the manual. If you can’t, then talking to a professional and having them show you how to use the fireplace can be beneficial.

fireplaceLight the Fire

Once you’ve read the manual and are feeling comfortable about lighting a fire, then light the fire! Depending on what type of fireplace you have, this may require flipping a switch or it may require preparing the wood and kindling and finding a lighter and/or matches.

No matter which process you use, having a fire in your home can add a warmth and light that can’t be beat. There’s something comforting about a fire, and it adds a homey-ness to your space. It won’t take you long to discover how amazing a fireplace can be.

Keep it Clean

Again, depending on the type of fireplace you have, this process could be involved or it could be simple. If you have a wood-burning fireplace, there will be more to clean than if you have a gas fireplace. You’ll need to take care of the ash that is created with the wood is burned, as well as bring in wood from outside. This can leave debris in various places in your home.

When it comes to a gas or electric fireplace, the only maintenance you may need to do will include making sure the pilot light stays lit, replacing batteries if needed, and keeping the glass clean.

If you’re new to owning a fireplace and have questions, the experts at Hi-Tech Appliance can help with the answers.

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