Fireplace Creosote Removal
With wood stove use on the rise there is something that every homeowner and dedicated wood burner should should be aware of. Burning wood to heat your home creates creosote, and if left untreated creosote can cause devastating chimney and house fires. Creosote build up can be minimized by burning well seasoned dry hardwoods and burning hot fires but in reality, creosote is unavoidable. The good news is however, it is fairly easy to get rid of.
Start with Chemicals
Anti-Creo-Soot attacks glazed creosote that has built up on the chimney walls over time, breaks it down, and reduces it into a powder that can easily be swept away. Anti-Creo-Soot and other Creosote Removers tend to be the least expensive per application and they're extremely easy to use. They are used with every burn, and are the most effective at reducing ongoing creosote buildup. After the creosote remover has prepped the chimney for cleaning, simply sweep it away.
Brush Creosote away
Chimney Brushes are designed to keep your chimney flue free from creosote buildup and safe from chimney fires. Chimney brushes come in various shapes, sizes, and materials specifically designed for the same purpose- to keep chimney flues free of dangerous creosote build-up and protect homes and families against chimney fires. Chimneys should be cleaned out from top to bottom adding extensions to the chimney brush as you go. This allows creosote to fall into the fireplace where it can be swept up and disposed of.
Keep in mind...
Most chimneys can be cleaned with a wire bristle brush
For metal chimneys and chimney liners, use a poly brush
Your chimney should be cleaned and inspected for creosote build up before and after every burning season and annually by a professional. Once the chimney has accumulated 1/8" or 1/4" of creosote build up, it is capable of becoming a fire hazard. For this reason, it is crucial to keep an eye on creosote build up in the chimney flue and clean it regularly. When cleaning your chimney flue, be sure to wear proper protection. Gloves, goggles, and a dust mask should be worn during creosote cleaning sessions and inspections.
Learn more about Creosote, what causes it and how to prevent it.