Creosote is the substance that is leftover in the chimney when a fire is lit, though some fires result in more creosote buildup than others. But, it is an unavoidable part of using a fireplace. Creosote is a black, sooty, and tar-like material that can be dangerous in large quantities. Reducing the amount of creosote in your chimney is an important safety consideration. Too much creosote in your fireplace increases the risk of a chimney fire. Here are some tips to avoid creosote buildup in your chimney.
Only Burn Seasoned Firewood
Burning seasoned firewood is the best way to prevent excess creosote in your chimney. Fires made with seasoned firewood burn cleaner, keeping creosote deposits to a minimum. On the other hand, unseasoned logs can quickly add to the highly flammable buildup in your chimney. Choosing dry firewood will allow the wood to reach maximum combustion, reducing the amount of creosote left behind.
Reduce Moisture in the Chimney
The best way to reduce condensation in the chimney is to make sure the fire is much hotter to prevent the particles from reaching the chimney. Putting in a chimney liner is the best way to keep the gasses hotter inside the chimney to avoid excess condensation. Also, preventing the gas from carrying the dangerous creosote particles up the chimney is the best protection against condensing flue gases.
Make Sure the Fire Has Enough Oxygen
Another essential component for ensuring the wood reaches maximum combustion is ensuring the fire has the proper amount of oxygen. Install a fresh air intake in your chimney to ensure the stove is being consistently supplied with fresh air. This will ensure the fire is burning hot enough to combat any creosote buildup. A low burning fire and soot buildup are signs that the fresh air levels have dropped, and the fire is not burning hot enough to burn the smoke particles before reaching the chimney.
Schedule a Chimney Inspection
It is recommended that you schedule an annual chimney inspection and cleaning. Research has found that it is the most effective way to reduce the risk of a chimney fire. Professional chimney inspectors are trained to identify problems in your chimney that may pose a safety risk or increase creosote buildup. Reach out to us today to schedule an inspection and ensure that your chimney is functioning properly.
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