A working chimney and fireplace are great to have in your home. With a combination of regular maintenance and basic fire safety best practices, you’ll have no issues to speak of. But too many homeowners try to cut corners on chimney maintenance by using chimney cleaning logs. Today, we’ll give you the low-down on these products, answering two important questions: do they work, and are they safe?
Do They Work?
Let’s cut right to the chase: yes, these logs do work to a degree. But they should never be a replacement for regular chimney cleaning from a professional.
The purpose of chimney cleaning is to eliminate creosote. Creosote is a highly flammable substance that forms on the walls of your chimney. It is a natural byproduct of combustion. While there are things you can do to reduce the rate at which it builds up—such as using perfectly seasoned firewood and warming up the flue—cleaning will eventually become necessary.
Chimney cleaning logs will loosen up some creosote build-up, making it easier to clean. That is all they do. You should be highly suspicious of any product that claims to do more.
We want to reiterate chimney cleaning logs are not useless! Far from it. They’re a great tool for chimney cleaners to use, but they are in no way a substitute for a professional chimney cleaning service.
Are Chimney Cleaning Logs Safe?
There is nothing inherently unsafe about chimney cleaning logs. But they are only safe so long as the consumer has a thorough understanding of what they can and can’t do.
You don’t have to worry about them causing a chimney fire so long as you use them in the intended way.
We frequently get the question: are chimney cleaning logs safe? Because they’re so often misused, there’s no easy answer. When used as a substitute for professional chimney cleaning, you could easily end up battling a chimney fire. But when used in conjunction with sweeping from a professional, you may just end up with a deeper clean.
Call the Experts at Champion Chimneys for Chimney Cleaning Today!
Champion Chimneys, Inc. is a fully licensed, bonded, and insured chimney service company that has served customers in Baltimore County, Howard County, and Anne Arundel County, Maryland since 2001. Our team is trained and certified by Certified Chimney Professionals, Inc. (CCP, Inc.). Courteous service is our trademark, and our crews arrive on time in uniform, driving fully equipped trucks. We specialize in all aspects of your chimney system. Whether you need chimney and flue cleaning service or a full chimney rebuild or inspection, contact us at 443-Chimney today and let us fix all your chimney problems. Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.