Ensure a Functional Cover or Grate: A non-flammable cover or grate is a necessity for fireplaces, as it protects your wood floors from fire damage. When purchasing one, bring the dimensions of your fireplace, so you're sure to get one that fits properly. Grates or covers should have air access to allow smoke to pass, but these openings must be small, or sparks will fly through onto your hardwood. Myrtle Beach homes with wood floors are particularly susceptible due to warmer temperatures.
Stick to Burning Wood: Whatever you do, don't burn anything in your fireplace other than wood. Combustible materials like plant matter, paper, and lighter fluids, cause erratic fires that burn much hotter, as well as sending out fiery scraps and sparks. When you don't stick to wood, you run the risk of causing damage to both your hearth and hardwood.
Limit Fireplace Use: Although home fireplaces are designed to withstand heat, they cannot handle overly large fires or overuse, which can result in damage to the structure. Consequently, these things would damage the flooring surrounding the fireplace. Furthermore, limit the time of a burning fire, as excessive burning times can cause extreme heat, leading to temperatures hot enough to melt metal.
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