It's Flue Season
Agents, have you ever listed a home with fireplaces that do not show signs of much use?
How can you determine if the fireplaces will work properly without lighting fires?
You need to ensure that the fireplace will draw properly. If a fireplace draws properly, chances are that it will work properly. Here's a quick way to check it out:
FLUE PLACEMENT - Ensure that the chimney flue is two feet or more above any structure, such as a roof or building, within ten feet of the chimney.
FLUE SIZE - The flue must be at least one-twelfth the size of the firebox. For example, if the firebox is 30" high and 36" wide (1,080 sq. in.), a good flue size is 8" by 12" (96 sq. in.).
The flue-to-firebox proportions can be improved by reducing the firebox size. An easy cure for this problem is to install glass doors. If these items are in order, the fireplace should draw properly and be safe to use.