Nothing beats the warm, ambient atmosphere that a fireplace can provide; however, the chimneys that provide ventilation for your fires need periodic maintenance and cleaning, much like most other things. Over time, chimneys gather creosote, a carbonaceous chemical. The sticky layer of creosote that resides on the inside walls of your chimney is highly flammable; because of this, it is important to have a regulated cleaning schedule for your chimney.
How do I know if my chimney needs cleaning?
- Fire burns too slowly or too dimly.
- When lit, the fire fills the room with smoke.
- The chimney emits a bad odor.
- If you look inside the chimney (while wearing goggles and a dust mask) and there is a layer of creosote at least 1/8 of an inch.