Fireplace Maintenance

Our fireplace maintenance tips can help you keep your home cost efficient, safe & cozy.


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How to Get Your Chimney Ready for Use in Winter

Relaxing in front of a fire is an enjoyable experience as long as it’s safe. Read this guide to prevent hazards and ensure that your chimney is in good working condition this winter.

How to Make Common Chimney Repairs

Mason Mark McCullough shows host Kevin O’Connor some common issues with brick chimneys and how to repair them.

6 Simple Ways to Get Your Yard and Home Ready for Fall

As the fall season begins, there are a few maintenance tasks to pay attention to around the house. Here are six ways to prepare your yard and home for the cooler season.

Your Complete Fireplace Maintenance Checklist

Many homeowners see the fireplace as the heart of their home, especially in the fall and winter, when it’s hard to resist gathering around the warmth and glow emanating from a cozy fire. Read this guide to understand the steps for maintaining your fireplace to keep it functioning safely and properly for years to come.

All About Chimney Flues

To maintain the chimney flues that safely channel smoke and fumes from fuel-burning appliances to the outside, they should be inspected and cleaned on a regular basis.

How to Clean Fireplace Brick

If you’ve got soot stains on your fireplace’s hearth or brick facade, we’ll walk you through how to clean fireplace brick to get rid of unsightly black discoloration and the smell of smoke.

How to Prep a Fireplace for New Tile

Watch DIY Expert & House One Editor Jenn Largesse, as she covers phase one of her fireplace wall makeover and upgrades her mantel with new molding.

How to Tile a Fireplace

DIY Expert & House One editor Jenn Largesse installs tile on her fireplace and surround.
Splitting wood with an axe

Splitting Firewood by Hand vs. Machine

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and landscape contractor Jenn Nawada split firewood using a variety of techniques.

How to Clean Your Chimney

A clean, well-maintained chimney will save you money and prevent trouble—and, yes, there are parts of the job you can do yourself.

How to Build a Fire in a Fireplace

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough demonstrates the best way to build a fire in order to prevent smoke from filling up the room.

How to Restore a Historic Fireplace

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough delicately restores a damaged historic fireplace that is built with custom, nearly irreplaceable bricks.

17 Fireplace Remodel Ideas

We rounded up our favorite ideas to help you update your fireplace for a more modern look.