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If you heat your home without electricity

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Traditional fireplaces have been heating homes for centuries.  Most fireplaces are better suited as an ornamental piece than as a serious home heating solution long term.  A fireplace is better than having no heating solution at all but they are known to be as much as 70%.  This means that most of your heat is going up the chimney.

·         Try to limit the amount of firewood you use while the power is still operational, always prepare for the worst.

·         Keep all flammable objects/people/pets far from flames/heat

·         Childproof area with children in house

·         Make certain fireplace is secure and manageable before leaving unattended at night

·         Wood has small pockets of air and fluid in it. When it is burned, these pockets increase in pressure and pop and crackle as the pressure is released.  
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