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Fireplace & Guitar

Post by heyjc011 » Wed Jan 30, 2019 1:11 pm

Am I correct saying I should NOT leave my classical guitar in the same room that has a fireplace? With this recent, frigid cold weather, we find ourselves having a fire more frequently than ever. I keep my classical guitar in the same room as the fireplace since that is where I practice. While I do occasionally put my humidifier in the sound hole, is this sufficient to allow me to keep the guitar in the fireplace room or must I relegate it to the other colder rooms?
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Re: Fireplace & Guitar

Post by Michael.N. » Wed Jan 30, 2019 1:25 pm

Get an accurate hygrometer it will tell you all that you need to know. A hard guitar case is also a way of creating a micro climate. A soundhole humidifier will be no way as effective if the guitar is left in an open room as it is when stored in a guitar case.
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Re: Fireplace & Guitar

Post by bear » Wed Jan 30, 2019 1:59 pm

Sounds like your room is akin to a kiln, so, kiln dried wood?

I'd move it to another rooom. Guitars are like Goldilocks... not too hot, not too cold, not too humid, not too dry,
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Re: Fireplace & Guitar

Post by OldPotter » Wed Jan 30, 2019 2:05 pm

Very low humidity occurs when the surrounding outside air is cold and dry, when you heat up the air in a closed space, the Relative Humidity drops. If you have a chimney then the room is vented to the surrounding air and is not well sealed. When you light a fire then the air is heated and will be drier. But probably not as dry as a fairly well sealed room warmed by radiators or hot air. The only way to check is to get a reasonably good hygrometer. Something like the Caliber IV.
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Re: Fireplace & Guitar

Post by Jason » Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:30 pm

I would keep your guitar in another room if I were you. Woodstove/fireplace heat is very dry, not to mention searing hot if you get too close. Guitars don't like either :)
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Re: Fireplace & Guitar

Post by heyjc011 » Fri Feb 01, 2019 5:42 pm

Thanks for the feedback; I will purchase a hygrometer. Apologies if it was provided, but what is the level of relative humidity I am looking to achieve in the room to ensure the guitar isn't damaged?

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Re: Fireplace & Guitar

Post by robin loops » Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:19 pm

Smoke (if the flue malfunctions and even the little bit that escaped the fire place) might be a problem, as well as hot ashes when you tend the fire and one escapes and floats across the room then settles on the guitar.
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Re: Fireplace & Guitar

Post by OldPotter » Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:48 pm

but what is the level of relative humidity
40-60% is good, I can go a little higher as I live in a maritime climate and I don't use a dehumidifier. I do notice that my RH is low at the moment and I do like the sound of my guitar today. Or at least I think I do, its very hard to be truly objective.
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Re: Fireplace & Guitar

Post by David Gutowski » Sat Feb 02, 2019 6:34 am

robin loops wrote:
Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:19 pm
one escapes and floats across the room then settles on the guitar.

Love it...always good to have a sense of humor. :lol:
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Re: Fireplace & Guitar

Post by robin loops » Sat Feb 02, 2019 7:13 am

Just make sure you grab your guitars on the way out. I keep mine (guitars) right next to my go-bag.
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Re: Fireplace & Guitar

Post by CarbonElitist » Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:55 pm

I keep my guitar in its case about 6 feet from the fireplace. It doesn’t get too hot nor too cold. I should mention my fireplace is a closed fireplace and it heats softly via the soapstone in which the heat is stored. I wouldn’t leave it this close to an open fireplace.
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Re: Fireplace & Guitar

Post by Dave Stott » Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:04 pm

I keep my guitar in the case & on the other side of the room when I'm running my wood stove. Simply because the wood stove sucks the moisture out of the room.

With just my humidifier running, I can easily maintain 40% humidity in the room. But when the wood stove is fired up, I'm lucky if the humidity is above 30%
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Re: Fireplace & Guitar

Post by guitareleven » Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:42 pm

Of course, another consideration of keeping a guitar near a fireplace is how good is your impulse control, given the close proximity of an easy option for rash action if you are apt to get frustrated in your practice.

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Re: Fireplace & Guitar

Post by dory » Sat Feb 23, 2019 2:11 am

I don’t see the fireplace per se as a problem as long as you keep you guitar away from sparks and extreme heat (very close to the fire.) I would worry about humidity too. We don’t a.l have perfect practice spaces with no other uses. You are reminding me I have been bad with my humidifier.
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