Fireplace Equipment That Stops Build Up Fireplace Equipment That Stops Build Up

If you use your fireplace on regular basis you need to know the right kind of fireplace equipment that stops build up of creosote.  If you burn wood in your fireplace, there is creosote buildup in your chimney.  As much as 92% of all chimney fires are related to the build up of creosote. Here are some tips to prevent and remove creosote and ensure the safety of your home.

What is Creosote?

It is important to understand what creosote is so that you can prevent it from becoming a hazard to your home.  Creosote is a tarry buildup that occurs from burning wood. The wood that you burn releases gases that condensate on the walls of the chimney liner or flue tile.  When this stuff is allowed to sit there and accumulate, it becomes a fuel source for chimney fires.

Prevention is Key

One of the biggest things you can do to prevent this is to burn seasoned fire wood.  Do not burn wood that is green. Avoid using fire logs that contain any wax products when burning fires. This builds up faster on chimney walls.

Avoid burning mail, cardboard or other household items in your fireplace. This is one of the common causes of creosote build up.Be sure to have your chimney cleaned at least once per year.  This is best done by a professional who can inspect all areas of your fireplace.

Creosote Removal

If you know that you probably have creosote buildup, it’s time to figure out how it can be removed.  One of the main products to use and easily obtained are creosote burning logs.  These are relatively inexpensive too.  These can just be burned in the fireplace like a regular fire log.

You can also choose to use another type of chemical cleaning product such as, liquid sprays or powders.

Whatever you choose, it is best to find something that is appropriate for everyday use.  Sprays tend to be the least expensive, easiest to use and the most effective.  You can these products at your local hardware store or somewhere that specializes in fireplaces.

Unfortunately there is not a whole lot of equipment that actually stops build-up from occurring.  However, if you make sure you have a good quality chimney liner in place, the appropriate size of flue, and the length of your chimney is right for your home, you'll prevent or lessen creosote build up. 

Taking these steps will allow you to enjoy your fireplace with less worry and more comfort. 

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