Why would anyone C clamp open all the fireplace flues?
When I tried to open the flue before lighting the fire, I noticed that the handle to open and close the flue didn't move. It was stuck in place.
I didn't realize there was a special C clamp on the flue plate until I went to the other fireplace, which looks like it has never been used.
There, I saw the same strange C clamp only without the black soot:
Why would anyone C clamp all the fireplace flues open? Should I just remove the clamps?