First Fire of the Season

Warm toes by the First Fire of the Season


That first cool evening or chilly day is often celebrated with the first fire of the season.  The inaugural lighting of the fireplace, wood stove, or even wood-burning furnace is a definite marker of the seasonal change.

Tips for the Season’s First Fire:

  • It is best to wait until there is at least a 20 degree difference in the indoor and outdoor temperatures before lighting a fireplace fire.  For example, if the interior temperature is 70 degrees, wait until is is 50 degrees or cooler outside before starting a wood-burning fire.
  • When there is less than a 20 degree difference, more creosote can build-up in your flue.
  • Also, a less than 20 degree temperature difference can cause some fireplaces not to draft as well as they should, so smoke gets into the room from the fireplace.
  • Have a certified chimney sweep inspect your chimney,  chimney cap, flue and firebox before using it for the first time each season.  If necessary, have it cleaned.
  • Use well-season hardwoods to prevent creosote build-up.

Some FireplaceMall.com friends have kindly shared their photos of their First Fires of the Season.  Whether you have already lit this season’s first fire or are still contemplating it, enjoy the warm and cozy photos below.

First Fireplace Fires of the Season

Warm toes by the First Fire of the Season

Warming happy toes by the First Fire of the Season.  Photo courtesy of Danielle G. Parker

The white fireplace, dark walls and spot lighting create striking contrasts for this first fire of the season.

The white fireplace, dark walls and spot lighting create striking contrasts for this First Fire of the Season. Photo courtesy Melissa Stephens.

Monday Night Football, Malbec wine, and the First Fire of the Season.

Monday Night Football, Malbec wine, and the First Fire of the Season.  Photo courtesy of NPascale1.

Even the Hearth Hares Enjoy the First  Fire of the Season

Even the hearth hares enjoy the First Fire of the Season in this awesome rustic fireplace.  Photo courtesy of Julesy10.

Candles Accent the First Fire of the Season

LED lights within wicker hearts atop the mantel and candles accent the First Fire of the Season in this striking fireplace. Photo courtesy of Beccy Bryant.

Tucker Enjoys the First Fire of the Season...And Every Fire of the Season

Tucker enjoys not only the First Fire of the Season but also every fire of the season. Photo courtesy Valerie Horneij

Behind these fireplace doors Glows the First Fire of the Season.

Behind these fireplace doors glows the First Fire of the Season.  Photo courtesy of Rocky Rhodes.

A Warm, Rich Glow of This First Fire of the Season Suffuses This Room with Appeal.

The warm, rich radiance of this First Fire of the Season suffuses the room with appeal. Photo courtesy BobbiJ.

Tilly gives her approval to this First Fire of the Season in a fireplace just 20 minutes from Stonehenge in the UK.

Tilly gives her approval to this First Fire of the Season in a fireplace just 20 minutes from Stonehenge in the UK. Photo courtesy of Sara Willman.

Zelda contemplates the First Fire of the Season.

Zelda contemplates the First Fire of the Season. Photo courtesy Jackie D. Fuller.

 First Wood Stove Fires of the Season

First Wood Stove Fire of the Season

Photo courtesy lululangran

First Wood Stove Fire of the Season

Photo courtesy Hailey Deline

 

First Upstairs Fire of the Season at The Happy Pear in Ireland

First upstairs wood stove Fire of the Season at The Happy Pear in Ireland. Photo courtesy of The Happy Pear.

A Gracious Stone Hearth is the Setting for This First Wood Stove Fire of the Season.

A gracious stone hearth is the setting for this First Wood Stove Fire of the Season. Photo courtesy PaigePender1.

 

 First Wood-Burning Furnace Fire of the Season

First Fire of the Season in a Wood-Burning Furnace.

First Fire of the Season in a wood-burning furnace. Photo courtesy of Joel W. Smith.

 

For some, autumn commences when football and hockey seasons start or when the World Series begins.  For others, autumn comes when leaves start to turn colors, pine cones fall,  cool weather vegetables such as pumpkins and squash mature, and mums bloom in the garden.  In households with children, Fall has officially dawned when sweaters replace swimsuits and yellow school buses start the days.  But for some of us, autumn doesn’t truly kick off until the first fire of the season graces our fireplace or wood stove.

 

 

 

 

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Susan shares ways to make homes, especially those with fireplaces, renewing spaces for families. When not writing for FireplaceMall.com, she can often be found by a fireplace with a book in hand.

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