How often should I clean my chimney in order to help prevent chimney fires? How often should I clean my chimney in order to help prevent chimney fires?
To prevent a chimney fire, you should be sure you have a clean chimney, free from built up creosote. Smoke condensing on your chimney flue, when a fire is initially built in the fireplace, creates the most creosote buildup. In chimneys where fires are built in fireplaces 3 times or more per week, you should clean your chimney at least 1 each year. If burning unseasoned wood, you should clean it every 6 months. A creosote chimney fire can easily spread to wood rafters in your attic. To be safe, you need to know how often to clean creosote from your chimney.