Glass doors don't only add to the beauty of your fireplace; they add to the value of the fireplace as well. There are various types of glass doors, such as bi-folding, venetian and single pane doors. While these doors are elegant, they must be used properly in order to obtain optimal results. Glass fireplace doors should be checked for cracks periodically. Replace your glass doors immediately if you notice a chip or crack in them, as compromised glass could shatter from the heat.
Pull the glass doors forward and out to open them before lighting the firewood.
Keep the glass doors open the entire time that the fire is lit. Some people may like to keep the doors closed when the fire is low to keep the warm air in the home from escaping through the chimney. However, it is necessary to keep them open to ensure proper ventilation, according to stove and fireplace website Hearth.com.
Close the flue once the fire has died down and the embers have cooled. The flue runs from the opening of the fireplace to the top of the chimney. Once the flue is closed, carefully push the doors in and back to close them.
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