Summer End Fireplace Checklist

End of Summer Fireplace Checklist

End of Summer Checklist for Fireplace Owners

As summer comes to an end, fireplace owners can avoid hassles and prepare for colder weather with this End of Summer Fireplace Checklist.


Clean out last year’s ashes from your fireplace.

Fireplace Checklist: Clean out last year's ashes.

If by chance ashes are still in your fireplace from last year, now’s the time to clean them out. Sprinkling moist, used coffee grounds onto the ashes before you start clean up can reduce the amount of ash dust.

Aren’t sure what to do with the ashes when you shovel them out of the fireplace? Here are gardening uses for ashes as well as some other clever uses for fireplace ashes.


Make an appointment now with your chimney sweep.

Fireplace Checklist: Make an appointment with a chimney sweep.

While the weather is still warm, chimney sweeps have plenty of room on their schedule. After the first cold night, you could find yourself waiting for weeks to get on their schedule.

Also, some chimney sweeps offer specials during the summer to encourage business during their slower season.

Not sure how to find a qualified chimney sweep? Check this out to find out how to avoid chimney sweep scams.


Check your firewood supply.

Fireplace Checklist: Check your firewood supply.

If you have a wood-burning fireplace or woodstove, this is an essential item on you fireplace checklist. Do you have a sufficient supply? Is your firewood properly seasoned?



Check out your roof and chimney.


Fireplace Checklist: Inspect the roof and chimney.

Check your roof for loose shingles and the flashing around the chimney for leaks. Check your chimney to confirm the chimney cap is securely affixed and that no animals or nests are inside the chimney.

Once snow or ice are on the roof, you will be glad you attended to this item on the fireplace checklist while the weather was still warm.



Spruce up your fireplace and accessories.

End of Summer Fireplace Checklist:  Spruce up the fireplace and accessories.

Does the area surrounding your fireplace suffer from soot marks? Does your mantel need a cleaning or a fresh coat of paint? Have your fireplace screen, fireplace tools, and firewood holder seen better days? Does your hearth look like it is the end of a long, hard fire season instead of looking ready for a new one? Now is the season to rejuvenate your fireplace.

Pre-set your first fire of the season.

End of Summer Fireplace Checklist: Pre-Set a Fire.

Your fireplace, fireplace accessories, chimney and roof are finally all ready for that first chilly day. But there is one last item on your end of summer fireplace checklist: Pre-set your first fire. That means pre-build your fire layer by layer so it has everything it needs to go except a match.

Once the fire is pre-set, not only will your fireplace avoid that empty black hole look, but also it will be instantly ready to go when someone says, “Hey! This would be a great time for a fire in the fireplace.”


Get ahead of the game by using the 6 points of this end-of-summer checklist for fireplace owners.


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Beach Inspired Fireplace

Beach inspired fireplaces

How to Bring the Seashore to Your Fireplace Mantel to Create a Beach Inspired Fireplace

Are you lucky enough to have a beach house with a fireplace? Or do you wish to bring mementos of your coastal holiday to your fireplace and hearth to extend the enjoyment of your lakeside or seaside vacation? Either way, creating a beach inspired fireplace is the solution.

Using Sand for a Beach Inspired Fireplace:

Sand and Shells in Jars on a Fireplace Mantel

These simple beach jars with sand and shells decorate a classic mantel.

Sand is in abundant supply just outside your beach house door. Or did you bring home some sand from your beach getaway? In Mason jarsbrandy snifters, at the base of hurricane globes, or in other attractive glassware, pour sand in around the base of a pillar candle. To continue the seaside theme, add small seashells in the sand. You can place the shells either on top of the sand or place them against the inside wall of the glassware before you pour in the sand.


Incorporating Coral and Shells for a Beach Inspired Fireplace:

beach Inspired fireplace with shells

Shells are included in the decorations for this Oyster Wedding.

These beauties of the seas are delightful decorative accessories for your mantel. Try lining up five or seven similar shells or coral pieces across your fireplace mantel; it is simple but dramatic. Another way to display them is to gather them in glass canisters, vases, or stemware, and cluster these containers on the fireplace mantel. Alternatively, treat your best seashells or pieces of coral as candles by placing them atop candlesticks. They can also be displaced on upturned vases, wooden cubes, or even a stemmed cake plate.

If you already have a plant or flower arrangement on your fireplace mantel, consider giving it a seaside flare by adding shells. Glue gun the shells onto one end of skewers, and stick the other end into your planter or vase. Delicate seahorses are among the shells that look great displayed this way.

Or decorate your fireplace mantel with a seashell garland. Click here for directions for making your own garland of shells.


Making a Beach Inspired Fireplace with Driftwood:

driftwood on fireplace mantel

A long piece of driftwood ties together the beach inspired elements on this mantel.

Creating a fireplace mantel from a piece of driftwood is a classic way to cap a fireplace in a coastal home.

If you brought home pieces of driftwood, your mantel or hearth may be the perfect place to display them. On your fireplace mantel, nestle shells, coral, framed vacation photos, or other summer vacation mementos around and atop the driftwood. In an unused fireplace, large pieces of driftwood are a dramatic way to fill the empty, black hole.


Using Vintage Sand Buckets:

A reproduction vintage child's sand bucket and shovel adorn this mantel.

A reproduction vintage child’s sand bucket and shovel adorn this beach inspired mantel.

A toy sand bucket can add a simple charm to your fireplace mantel or hearthside. Fill it with summer’s sea shells, prop the sand shovel by it, surround it with framed photos of the kids on vacation, and you have created a simple yet delightful display to remind everyone of the fun of summer.


Utilizing Mariners’ Tools on the Fireplace:

rope in class containers on mantel

Boat rope placed inside glass containers adds a nautical feel to a coastal inspired fireplace.

Did you find fishing nets, ropes from ships, or buoys washed onto the shore during your vacation? Do you collect seaworthy equipment such as sextants or compasses? In an informal room, you can create a striking fireplace mantel display by turning fishing nets or ropes into a mantel garland. At the corners, attach buoys, seashells, or even summer swim toys such as goggles and swim fins. Add summer photos in driftwood frames to the mantel, and you have not only an eye-catching fireplace display but also a terrific reminder of your summer adventures.


Including Beach Inspired Candles on the Mantel or In the Fireplace:

candles on beachy mantel

The sea blue candles as well as the tea candles are important components of this summer mantel.

Many summer tourists bring home from their travels coastal-themed candles such as candles with shells. Also popular are tea light holders in the shape of seashells such as sea urchins. Such candles are a lovely addition to a fireplace mantel decorated with a coastal theme.

Another way to display such candles from your vacation (or candles in the seaside hues of sand, water, and sky) is with fireplace candelabra. Fireplace candelabra are designed to hold an array of candles in your fireplace, taking the place of either gas or wood logs. They are especially popular during warm weather as fireplace candelabra provide the flickering flames of a fire without the heat of burning logs.

candelabra for fireplace inspired by the beach

This candelabra is inspired by glass fishing ball floats.


A Word of Caution:

A beach themed fireplace mantel can run the risk of being too much, too busy, too crowded. After you decorate your beach inspired fireplace, step back and take a look. If your eye does not know where to land, consider subtracting some of the elements.


Adding the keepsakes of summer to your fireplace mantel or hearth extends your enjoyment of your vacation, creates a beach inspired decor, and provides your home with a unique decorative display.



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Fireplace Candelabra as Table Candelabra

table candelabra

Fireplace candelabra are known for their versatility. They can be used inside the firebox in lieu of a wood or gas fire, on the fireplace mantel, or on the hearth. They can be used outdoors. But they can also be used as table candelabra on dining tables, buffets, library tables and side tables.

When cold weather arrives and you decide to light the first fire of the season, transition your fireplace candelabra to a table candelabra.  Or select a fireplace candelabra for year round use on a table.

From classic black to bronzes, silver tones, and gold, fireplace candelabra come in metal finishes to complement any decor. Their styles range from modern sleek lines to rustic wooden varieties.

As Table Candelabra for Narrow Tables

A fireplace candelabra narrow enough for the fireplace mantel is also ideally proportioned for narrow surfaces such as a buffet, bookcase or a behind-the-sofa table. The Adala Candelabra, seen above, the the Kra Candelabra, below, both work well as table candelabra on narrow tables.


As Centerpieces

The striking qualities of design that make a fireplace candelabra such a focal point of a fireplace serve them well when they are used as table candelabra: They provide the drama one needs for a table centerpiece. The Sammy Candelabra, for example, is a real statement piece.


As Dining Table Candelabra

For dining tables, use fireplace candelabra people can see over or through when seated, so your guests can easily converse with diners on the other side of the table.  The Arboretum candelabra is an example of one diners can see through.

The Ribbon Candelabra and Lamya Candelabra are examples of low profile fireplace candelabra that work well as a dining table candelabra:

Even without their candles lit, these candelabra are beautiful decorative art pieces. But to bring them to their full glory, light the candles!

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Install Outside Mount Chimney Cap

How to Install Outside Mount Chimney Cap

How to Install Outside Mount Chimney Cap or Caps

Band-Around Outside Mount Chimney Caps and Custom Outside Mount Chimney Caps attach differently.

how to install chimney cap - outside mount cap that attaches to vertical sides of chimney

How to install an outside mount chimney cap

How to Install Outside Mount Chimney Cap of the Band-Around Style

Follow the Hy-C_Band-Around_Assembly Instructions for assembling and installing Band-Around Outside Mount Chimney Caps. Band-Around Chimney Caps are available in both standard sized chimneys (16″ x 16″, 17″ x 17″,  17″ x 21″, and 21″ x 21″) and custom-made sizes.

How to Install Outside Mount Chimney Cap of the Custom Made Style

Other Outside Mount Chimney Caps will arrive completely assembled. First, set your outside mount chimney cap on your chimney just like you would put a lid on a shoe box.

Then you have your choice of attaching your Outside Mount Chimney Cap with Tapcon masonry fasteners or with adhesive.

You can install an Outside Mount Chimney Cap with Adhesive.

Chimney Cap or Construction Adhesive

If using the Tapcon masonry screw system, drill through the vertical skirt of your chimney cap and into the chimney approximately every 12 inches using a Tapcon drill bit. Then insert and tighten each Tapcon Masonry Fastener.

how to install chimney cap - outside mount cap that attaches to vertical sides of chimney

If you prefer using adhesive, apply a discontinuous zigzag bead of adhesive to affix the vertical skirt of the chimney cap to the vertical sides of the chimney. The discontinuous bead allows any accumulated water to drain.  That way, water does not accumulate on your chimney crown and degrade it. Position the chimney cap over the chimney, like the lid on the shoe box.

Both Band-Around chimney caps and custom outside mount chimney caps have removable lids, so the lids can be removed to clean your flues without removing the whole outside mount chimney cap.

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