Time to Accessorize


Some people could spend all day accessorizing their homes, their outfits, their cars, or whatever else they may hold dear to them.  However, no one really thinks about what extra pizzazz they can add to their chimney, or how they can reuse products efficiently.  In an effort not to waste anything usable, always try to find a practical use for something before tossing it out.  Be careful though, as this could lead to a mild case of being a hoarder – and no one wants that!  If you are new to having a chimney or outdoor fireplace and need some expert advice, call the professionals at Top Hat Outdoor Living.

If you have any questions about getting the most of your outdoor fireplace, don't hesitate to call.

If you have any questions about getting the most of your outdoor fireplace, don’t hesitate to call.

 

Tools On Hand

You should always make sure that your fireplace has the appropriate cover.  One of the things you will need is a cover or glass door to prevent any type of spark, flame, or smoke from entering your home.  You will also need a fireplace blanket for non-burning hours to keep outdoor air from making its way in.  For matches and lighters, you can use whatever type you like.  Just make sure that you ask a pro before using something new so that you can check for safety.  Lastly, a mat outside of your fireplace will keep ash and other debris from being spread all over your home.  The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) also includes other accessories that they feel are important.  These include blowers, grates, dampers, and screens.  To learn more click here.

Companies also make a variety of firewood and ash holders to keep things tidy and safe.  Do not worry though, because they come in a variety of colors and sizes to best fit the space you are working with.  And remember, a fireplace is only as good as the way it is kept so be sure that you have all of the right tools to help with that.  Your kit should include a broom and scoop for cleaning purposes, and a poker and tongs for situating the fire logs.  Utility gloves are always important to wear when dealing with your fireplace and chimney because they will protect your skin from heat, ash, or creosote.

How can you change up the way you use your accessories?

  • Buy painted or decorative styles of covers
  • Use old firewood holders for garage organization
  • If the mat is not too soiled, use it for an outdoor rug
  • Use your old utility gloves for landscaping or gardening


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