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Chances are pretty good that your fireplace wasn't used much during the summer, so give it a thorough maintenance check up before you light the season's first roaring fire. First, visually assess the chimney from the outside—chips, cracks, or corrosion are signs that you'll need to call a repairman. Inside, check the flue for soot buildup, and ensure the damper closes and opens with ease.
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