Why wait until the busy season to start thinking about getting the most from your fireplace? Some simple ways to boost your fireplace efficiency include adding a fire grate inside, which holds logs and lifts them off the ground, forcing heat forward into your home. Another tip is to add a hearth reflector to woodburning fireplaces; it's a sheet of metal placed on the back wall to help radiate and reflect heat back into the room. And finally, having your chimney cleaned regularly helps keep your fireplace in tiptop shape.
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