Frequently Asked Questions
How frequently do I need to get my chimney cleaned and inspected?
The National Fire Protection Agency recommends that you have your chimney cleaned and checked once a year. This insures that the chimney performing properly by venting toxic gases and carbon monoxide from the fireplace and through the chimney.
What is the advantage to having a chimney cap?
A chimney cap on top of the flue will save you money and protect your fireplace from damage. It keeps out moisture, which damages and erodes masonry and steel chimneys. Chimney caps also keep out animals, insects and debris from entering your chimney.
What type of wood should be used in a fireplace?
Well-seasoned, dry, hardwoods, such as oak, maple, birch, walnut, etc... burn the best. This will reduce creosote build-up in your chimney. You burn softer wood, make sure it is split and well dried.
How can chimney fires be prevented?
The most common cause of chimney fires is creosote build-up. It is a by-product caused from the burning of wood. It spreads up your chimney in liquid form and accumulates inside the chimney then transforms into a solid as it cools. This build-up blocks the flue and can ignite into an uncontrollable fire. Prevention of this situation can occur by learning how to build fires correctly and having your flue inspected and cleaned regularly by a professional.
Why does my fireplace smell?
Rain, moisture and high humidity are the most common causes of fireplace odors. Cleaning the chimney at the end of the season helps eliminate smells from your fireplace during the hot, humid summer months.
What is the best way to clean the brick around the fireplace?
Mix one ounce equally of soap and table salt. Add water a little at a time until it is the consistency of a cream. Spread the cream into the brick surface with a cloth or sponge then wait 10 minutes. Remove the dried solution with a stiff brush.