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- Chimney Cleaning, fireplace, Safety, Tips
There’s nothing better than curling up next to a roaring fire while the snowflakes fall outside. The warmth and ambiance given off by a wood burning fireplace is hard to replicate. To ensure that you’re enjoying your wood burning fireplace, stove or insert safely, make sure you have regular chimney cleaning and inspections to prevent creosote buildup.
What is Creosote?
When wood is burned, a byproduct is produced — creosote. It will coat the inside of your chimney and continue to build up:
First Stage Creosote is soft, sooty and similar to wood ash.
Second Stage Creosote is soft and crumbly and often resembles a honeycomb.
Third Degree Creosote is black and tar-like buildup that requires a special piece of equipment to remove.
Creosote is extremely combustible and once it reaches the third degree, you can have a chimney fire if it’s not properly cleaned out.
Schedule Regular Chimney Cleanings
The best way to prevent creosote buildup is with yearly chimney cleaning and inspection. Just like you have to have regular maintenance on your car, you should also have regular service on your fireplace to ensure that it’s working as it should. In addition, you should always use dry, hardwood in your fireplace and refrain from burning cardboard, newspaper or wrapping paper.
There’s nothing like the roar of a wood burning fireplace. Just ensure that you’re taking the proper steps to keep your stove, fireplace or insert working safely and efficiently.
If you have any questions about maintenance for your wood burning fireplace — Contact one of our friendly sales representatives today.
Harding The Fireplace has over 4,500 square feet of retail showroom space devoted to fireplaces and BBQs. We take the time to understand our customers’ needs and are always prepared to schedule a home visit to help you decide which products are suited best for you.