My wife and I are buying a home with a fireplace in it. Never had a fireplace before, so I am a bit unsure.
I know that we can't post DIY in open forums, but can you all give me a few ideas of what to look for and basically how to safely and effectively use a fireplace?
What type of inspections are needed at what frequency? What about a maintenance schedule?
You hear all the horror stories about creosote and chimney fires, but I know that people have heated with fireplaces safely for years, so it has to be safe given adequate precautions.
Thanks in advance.