How often should I have my chimney cleaned?
Have your chimney checked every year, as recommended by the National Fire Protection Agency, to make sure the chimney can do its job to properly vent hot, toxic gases and carbon monoxide from the heating system to the outdoors. Temperatures inside the chimney often exceed 2,000 degrees.
What causes a chimney fire?
The cause of most chimney fires is creosote, which is a by-product resulting from the incomplete combustion of wood. It accumulates on the sides of your chimney as a liquid and later condenses into a solid. As it builds up it not only blocks the flue, but can ignite into a roaring fire. These fires can be prevented by making sure your flue is lined and in good repair by having it inspected and cleaned regularly by a professional and by learning how to build fires that reduce the build-up of creosote.
How can having a chimney cap protect my fireplace?
A chimney cap on top of your flue can save you money in the long run. They keep out moisture, which can damage and erode the masonry and steel chimneys. A long-lasting chimney cap also keeps out debris and helps prevent birds,
animals and insects from nesting in your chimney.
Why does my fireplace smell?
Rain, moisture or high humidity (not uncommon to our area) most often causes this. Having your chimney cleaned after the wood-burning season will help eliminate the smell your fireplace may emit during the humid and hot summer days.
What is the best wood to burn as firewood?
Burn only well-seasoned hardwoods, such as oak. This helps reduce creosote build-up in your wood-burning chimney system. You can burn other softer wood also, as long as it is split and dried long enough. The most important thing to remember is to burn dry wood.
How can I clean the brick around my fireplace?
Mix one ounce of soap and one ounce of table salt with enough water to make a cream. Rub the moisture into the brick surface with a cloth, allowing it to dry at least 10 minutes. Then complete your cleaning job by removing it with a stiff brush.
Why do I need to know what a freight train sounds like?
If it sounds like one is coming down your chimney, then you are probably experiencing a chimney fire! Not our idea of something to look forward to when you are all snuggled in bed on a cold winter's night.