Clean your Fireplace and Safely Store Firewood
Check chimney for loose or missing mortar. Have your chimney professionally cleaned. Make sure the damper closes tightly. Ideally, position firewood 20 feet from the home, away from the side of the house and suspended on poles at least 5 inches from the ground, laid across concrete blocks. Pests will be prevented from moving along an avenue of moisture into the home and the air-dried wood will light more easily and burn more evenly.