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
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. Photo courtesy Melissa Stephens.
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 in this awesome rustic fireplace. Photo courtesy of Julesy10.
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 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. Photo courtesy of Rocky Rhodes.
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. Photo courtesy of Sara Willman.
Zelda contemplates the First Fire of the Season. Photo courtesy Jackie D. Fuller.
First Wood Stove Fires of the Season
Photo courtesy lululangran
Photo courtesy Hailey Deline
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. Photo courtesy PaigePender1.
First Wood-Burning Furnace Fire of the Season
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.