Lighting a stove, campfire, or fireplace is an excellent way to stay warm in Parkton. However, homeowners need to make sure that they extinguish their fires safely every time they choose to light firewood. Even if your fireplace or campfire seems like it’s out, it only takes a single errant spark to cause significant damage. Follow these safety tips to extinguish your fires effectively in Parkton, and don’t forget to stock up on high-quality firewood from Lehnhoff’s Supply!
Firewood Basics: Putting out a Campfire
There are countless ways to stack firewood to create an easy-to-light campfire. However, believe it or not, there is a correct way to put out a campfire. Allow your fire to burn down, then use a stick or poker to spread out the remaining coals and fuel carefully. The increased airflow allows embers to cool faster. Next, use water, dirt, or sand to douse the embers and smother the remains. Be mindful of rising steam if you use water to extinguish the fire, and don’t apply too much sand or dirt. Only apply enough material to cut off oxygen; too much sand or dirt can simply insulate the burning embers and allow them to keep burning beneath the surface. Using your stick or poker, stir the ash and embers, looking for any remaining embers. Douse again, and repeat the stirring/smothering process until everything is cold.
Extinguishing Fires in a Firewood-Fueled Fireplace
If you’re using a fireplace, you must extinguish the fire entirely. Just one spark can start a fire in your home. Use a fireplace poker or tongs to spread out the firewood and any coals or embers. This should leave you with a pile of ash. Once the flames have died down, use your fireplace shovel to cover the remaining wood and embers with cool ash to extinguish all of the embers and flames. Next, apply a thin layer of baking soda over the wood, embers, and ash. Watch your fireplace for any activity. Once the fire has been out for a few hours (or overnight), scoop the ashes in a metal ash container for safe disposal.
Questions? Lehnhoff’s Supply is Here to Help
If you still have more questions about how to best prepare your landscape or garden for summer and fall, the trained professionals at Lehnhoff’s Supply are here to help you. Find us at 2708 Belair Road, Fallston, MD 21047 and give us a call at 410-510-7646. For tips, tricks, and to see what we have been up to, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
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