To-Do #5: Fireplace Maintenance
Once the fireplace has cooled down, take a look inside to locate the damper. The damper is a metal flap that closes over the opening to the chimney flue.
It will have a handle—with a metal loop, lever, or set of chains—usually located near the front of your fireplace opening to use to close it.
It may require a flashlight to see how to close the damper, and you may also want to wear work gloves to keep your hands from getting sooty.
Types of Dampers:
- Metal loop dampers can be closed by hand, or by inserting a poker into the loop and moving the flap closed.
- Lever dampers are closed by lifting slightly on the lever to disengage it, then pushing or pulling it closed.
- Chain dampers are closed by pulling on first the longer chain to disengage the mechanism, then the shorter chain to close the flap.