Keep Your Fireplace Cleaned Out During the Winter

Keep Your Fireplace Cleaned Out During the Winter

You know the importance of keeping your fireplace and wood stove cleaned out, but how can you possibly manage it during the winter when you have it going around the clock? In order to prevent fires, a clean chimney is necessary. You want to get rid of the ashes that are piling up at the bottom of the burning area as well. They tend to make a huge mess every time you open the door. Greenwood Hardware has everything you need to keep your fireplace clean and in good, working condition throughout the winter.

Check out our tips below to learn more about keeping your fireplace clean all year!

  • Let the fire burn out overnight or when you are at work during the day. When you get home, use a metal bucket and a shovel from a fireplace set to scoop the ashes out. You only need to clean the ashes out when they are deep enough that they do spill out or interfere with you building a fire. Immediately take the metal can outside and place it away from your house. Ashes can stay hot and shoot out sparks for hours after a fire has burned out. Plastic or cardboard will melt with hot ashes. If you have an ash vacuum, you could use that as well.
  • If you have a wood stove or a fireplace with glass doors, the glass will become black with soot. A special high-temp cleaner can be used to remove the black soot. Put a dab of the cleaner on a crumbled up newspaper and scrub the glass. You can use a paper towel for minor smudges. A special brush may be used as well for heavy build up.
  • Use a special log about once a month that is designed to burn off creosote from inside the chimney. Follow manufacturer’s instructions on how to use the log. Fire departments recommend these logs, and they do work.
  • If you suspect your chimney is becoming clogged with creosote, do not burn in the fireplace. Call a professional company to inspect the chimney. Annual cleaning and maintenance are crucial to avoiding chimney fires that can destroy a home.

These quick, easy tips can save you from a chimney fire. Don’t get lax in your fireplace cleaning. Plan a day when the weather isn’t supposed to be too cold to take care of your chimney cleaning needs. Rely on backup heat while you maintenance your fireplace. Head into Greenwood Hardware to buy your fireplace cleaning supplies today. Come on in, or contact us today.

A New Seattle Law Bans Food in Garbage – Are You Prepared to Comply?

A New Seattle Law Bans Food in Garbage - Are You Prepared to Comply?

Seattle residents need to be aware of a new law that went into effect at the beginning of the year regarding what they put into their garbage. In effort to be greener, Seattle is forcing residents’ hands to recycle or pay a price. As of January 1st, food and food waste cannot be thrown in your trash can. Food waste includes things like pizza boxes, dirty napkins and used paper towels. Any single family home that has more than 10 percent of their trash filled with food, food waste and other recyclables will be assessed a $1 fine on their next garbage bill. To avoid this fee, homeowners can take advantage of the yard and food waste collection service or learn how to compost. Composting is environmentally safe and will help you avoid that fee while keeping Seattle green (can you tell that we’re huge fans of composting???). You will find a whole host of composting tools at Greenwood Hardware.

Some people are unaware of composting or have a very wrong idea about it. You don’t have to have big, stinky heaps of trash in your backyard all in the name of compost. There are plenty of options that are more suitable for city or suburb living. One option is the compost pail. It resembles a small trash can that can easily be stored in your kitchen or under the sink. It has a lid and will prevent any bad odors from wafting out. The stainless steel material is sleek and doesn’t look like a composter, which is important when you have it in your kitchen.

Another option is something called a compost bag that pops into a receptacle. The bag will keep your food scraps contained and out of sight. The bags are made with a breathable material that allows the food waste to dry quickly instead of sitting in the bucket, fermenting, molding and rotting, which creates the nasty odor.

You will easily be able to comply with the new law by using one of these options. The bins will encourage family members to scrape their plates into the proper trash can, which will help you avoid the fine. Be a good steward for Seattle and head into Greenwood Hardware today and pick up the tools you will need to properly dispose of your food waste! Come on in, or contact us today.

How to Spruce Up Your Seattle Bathroom this Winter

How to Spruce Up Your Seattle Bathroom this Winter - Greenwood Hardware

With the cold weather driving people indoors, it is a great time to get some projects done around the house. We tend to get a bit of cabin fever in January and February and get an itch to change things up inside our homes. A new coat of paint or rearranging the furniture is one way to help breathe new life into our surroundings. One room that is often neglected is our bathrooms. You can transform your boring old bathroom into a beautiful space with a few things from Greenwood Hardware.

  • Replace old cabinet hardware with pretty new designs. Try some shiny brass or bright white drawer pulls.
  • Add a fresh coat of paint in soft greens or blues for a soothing atmosphere. Add white trim around the door and window to make the room feel brighter.
  • Invest in a storage caddie to take care of all that clutter that seems to collect on the counter. Your bathroom will look clean, sleek and bigger when you put away the “stuff” on the counters.
  • Consider installing a towel warming bar for a luxurious shower experience every time! Grabbing a heated towel on a cold winter day is simply divine.
  • Add decals to your tiles to create a fun design that will help break up the boring monotony of your existing tiles.
  • Clean the grout with a brightening solution to make your tile floors and walls look brand new again.
  • Add a fresh coat of paint to your bathroom vanity or cupboards. Go bold with black or deep brown for a dramatic look.
  • Replace your old, boring light fixture with a pretty chandelier. Yes! You can put a chandelier in the bathroom complete with a dimmer switch. A bright light in the morning when you are getting ready and a low-light for those relaxing baths gives you the best of both worlds.
  • Replace your old shower head with a more efficient shower head that will make showering a real joy.

These are simple fixes that can go a long way to transforming the one room in your house that is often ignored. Head into Greenwood Hardware to pick up the things you need to make your bathroom like new this weekend! Come on in, or contact us online.

How to Keep Your Chickens Warm Over the Winter

How to Keep Your Chickens Warm Over the Winter

Many people assume that chickens will not lay eggs during the winter months because they are simply too cold. In many cases this is true. The chickens need the energy they would normally use to produce eggs to stay warm and alive. However, you can take the burden off your backyard chickens by keeping them warm so they can save their energy for egg production. Our team at Greenwood Hardware has everything you need to keep your chickens warm this winter!

One of the most popular methods of providing warmth is with a heat lamp in the coop. Go with an infrared heat lamp instead of the clear, bright bulbs. The red lamps are hotter and the light is not quite as intrusive. Your chickens need time to rest at night, but they also need heat. The light emitted from the red lamps is much easier on the chicken’s resting habits.

Use a timer to turn your light off and on. Chickens need about 14 hours of light to maintain an egg production cycle. During the winter months, you need to compensate with the short days by adding light. The red lamp will work fine. Set the lamp to turn on at dusk and stay on through the night until about 8 in the morning. If temperatures are below freezing, you may need to leave the light on 24 hours to keep the chickens warm and the water from freezing.

A deep litter method is another common way to keep chickens warm. You can use this in combination with your heat lamp. Add several layers of pine shavings to the floor of the coop. This will act as insulation. It also makes it much easier for cleaning the coop. You won’t have to do it as often when you use a deep litter method.

Make sure you have enough chickens for your coop size! If you have a large coop but only two chickens, you are doing your chickens a disservice. Chickens produce a lot of body heat. During the cold nights, they will roost close together to stay warm. If you have a large coop, consider blocking off a portion that will be used for the chickens to roost in at night.

You can keep your chickens happy and healthy and laying eggs all winter by ensuring they are nice and warm. If there is snow on the ground, try to shovel out an area where they can scratch for food. Scratching is crucial to egg production! Head on into Greenwood Hardware and pick up the supplies you need to keep your chickens warm this winter. Come on in, or contact us online.