As you likely know, ash piles are an unavoidable result of owning a wood-burning fireplace. While they aren’t the most fun thing to deal with, many find the ambiance and warmth of a crackling flame well worth any clean-up they have to deal with later. That being said, ash piles can often remain hot for days, hosting all kinds of sparks and embers that could trigger fires or cause serious burns. That’s why fireplace ash should always be handled with the utmost care.
Because ash can be dangerous to handle, many take advantage of their ash pit, ensuring their home and family stay safer throughout the burning season. Learn more about the ash pit below!
What Is An Ash Pit? What Is It Used For?
An ash pit is a hole in your firebox in which old ashes can be placed. Its convenient location allows you to sweep in any ashes and embers, then seal them in by closing a small door. Ash pits are designed to withstand the heat from your fireplace while being easily accessible for the homeowner.
Ash pits offer a great option for getting rid of a large ash pile, without putting yourself or your loved ones at risk. Removing ash that is still hot can be a process and appropriate steps must be taken to ensure no fires getting started outside of the fireplace. Homeowners must use metal tools and buckets for scooping and storing the ash, and it should be kept away from the home on a non-flammable surface.
This is a lot of hassle and forgetting one step can easily put your home and family in harm’s way. Avoid it all by simply dumping your ashes into your fireplace’s ash pit – easy, convenient, and safe!
Keep in mind, though, that the CSIA does recommend leaving behind a 1-inch layer of ash, as this makes lighting fires down the line a whole lot easier. It also helps to protect the firebox floor. It’s a useful tip that we suggest using throughout your burning season.
Does Your Ash Pit Need Cleaning?
In time, your ash pit will get full. Investing in a professional cleaning is always a great way to go, and the team here at Sweepnman, Inc. will be happy to help you out with that! If you’re due for this service, ask our team about adding it to your regular sweeping. There are additional charges for this task, but it is well worth the extra cost, and we’re certain you’ll be more than happy with the end result.
A clean fireplace, all around, guarantees a safer and more enjoyable winter season, so don’t wait any longer to schedule an appointment with our team. We’re excited to set our customers up right this fall, and we anticipate some great holiday memories ahead! If you’re eager to get your system up and running, then the time to call us now.