How To Put Out A Fireplace Fire?

Getting a fire started in a fireplace is only half the battle, it is also important to know how to correctly put the fire out. Let’s take a look at how to put out a fire correctly in the fireplace and what should you keep in mind while doing so.

Start off by spreading the embers and the logs inside the fireplace with a poking tool to cool down the fire. Don’t put any new firewood into the fire at least 45 minutes before ending the fire. Close the air vents completely to deprive the fire of any oxygen.

putting out a fireplace fire

How To Put Out A Fireplace?

Putting out a fire in the fireplace is quite simple if you keep in mind some things.

The first step is to spread out the logs and the embers inside the fireplace using a long stick. This will spread out the fuel within the fire and flatten it out which will help in cooling it off. If the fire was too strong while doing so, its effects will take more time to show up.

Stop putting any new pieces of firewood into the fire at least 1 hour before intending to put it out.

Once the active fire has stopped or slowed down, close down the vents completely to stop any airflow into the fireplace. This will slowly put off the fire.

How To Put Out A Fireplace Fire Quickly?

The fastest method of putting out the fire is to close off the vents, spread the logs and cover the embers with the cold ash or baking soda.

There are three components to any fire, fuel, heat, and oxygen. If you remove any of these variables then the fire won’t be able to last.

Can You Go To Bed With Embers In The Fireplace?

No, you should not! leftover embers can be a major source of house fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. Always wait to let the fire completely die out, including any embers before going to bed.

There are a few ways around that rule, which you can read more about here.

Can You Use Water To Put Out a Fire?

No, you should not, unless it is a matter of emergencies like saving someone’s life or property. Adding water to an ongoing fire can create a lot of steam which might lead to steam burns. Adding water also has a violent reaction and releases a lot of smoke which can fill your entire house.

If you do have to use water, put it into a sprayer and lightly spray on top of the fire or the embers to avoid any violent reactions.

How To Get Rid Of The Ashes From The Fireplace?

Once the fire has been completely put out, wait for at least 12 hours before removing the ash. Scoop the ash from the fireplace and put it into a metal container. Put this container in a well-ventilated room away from any flammable substances. After about 1-2 days, get rid of the ash by simply transferring it into your garbage bin.


Stop putting any new firewood into the fire at least 45 minutes before you want to put the fire out. Spread out the embers and the logs using a poking tool and close the air vents. This will cool the fire and stop any oxygen supply which will smother it. If you are in a hurry, pour some cold ash and baking soda on the existing embers and logs to completely extinguish them.

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