If possible, keep a window cracked open while the fire burns
Make sure the damper or flue is open before starting a fire. Do not close the damper until the embers have completely stopped burning.
Use dry and well-aged wood. Wet or green wood triggers more smoke and soot buildup in the chimney.
Clean out ashes before every fire. Ash at the base of the fireplace should be kept to 1 inch or less. A thicker layer restricts the air supply to logs,…