Start a small Chimney Fire at the end of the season.

by Randy
(N.C.)

I was thinking that it would be beneficial to burn a very hot fire in the stove at the end of the season to burn off any creosote. I wasn't sure, but it seems like a good idea. I also wondered if burning a Creosote Sweeping Log is worth the effort? Thank you for any advice. Randy

Answer

Randy,

Purposefully starting a chimney fire isn't a good idea. I understand that this is a common practice for some people, but it's really not safe. For one thing, even a small chimney fire will cause damage to the chimney. Over time, these "end of the season" fires will cause enough damage that if you ever have a larger chimney fire, it could potentially damage both your house and your chimney. Your best bet is to clean out your chimney yourself or hire a certified chimney sweep.

In regards to the Chimney Sweeping Log, it works to some degree but it's not a substitute for a proper chimney cleaning. In my opinion, it is a good product for loosening up hardened creosote before a normal cleaning.

Hope this helps.

-Firewood Matt

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END OF SEASON FIRE FOR WOODSTOVES
by: Randy

Hello Matt. When I referred to the end of season fire, I didn't mean to suggest a chimney fire. I was talking about burning a hot fire at the end of season, for a woodstove, to burn off any excess cresote in the firebox. This would seem to be a good way to leave the stove box over the summer months. Sorry for the confusion, Randy

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