The entire time you’re using your fireplace, it is releasing byproducts such as toxic fumes, particles, carbon, and creosote into your chimney system. These materials are constantly rising with the heat of the fire and out of the chimney, but some of the materials linger, sticking to
You need a chimney sweep because your chimney is one of the biggest systems in your home—it may be the biggest! It works constantly to vent smoke and gases from your fireplace while it’s in use, and while it does, it becomes coated in microscopic particles from your fire. Creosote and
If you have a wood insert, stove, or open fireplace, you need to burn the right wood. Whether you burn a fire every now and then for ambiance or every single day for warmth, you need to burn the right wood. Why? The kind of wood you choose will determine how well your chimney system w
One of the leading causes of chimney fires, according to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), creosote build-up is a dangerous fact of life when you have a wood-burning fireplace or stove. Removing creosote deposits from your chimney walls plays a big role in your annual ch
You have routine maintenance done on many of the things you own so why should your chimney be any different? You want your fireplace to be to be both visually appealing and safe for you and your family. It is recommended that every year you have a chimney sweep and basic inspection.
The chimney odors associated with burning a healthy fire are quite different than those associated with some type of problem. It is important to take note if something smells different than the scent of typical burning logs and to address it immediately. It could lead to a significant
Creosote is a term that every homeowner with a fireplace should know. If one were to look up inside of their chimney, they would likely see creosote buildup, at least if it has not been cleaned in some time. That nasty, black, tar-like goo that is starting to buildup on the inside of