Common Chimney Misconceptions As Explained By Our CSIA Chimney Sweep

June 18, 2018

Wood burning fireplaces are outdated and unconventional:

While many newer homes are being built with gas fireplaces there are still several advantages to owning a wood burning fireplace or stove.

  • Wood burning typically uses no electricity helping to lower your electric bill for heating as well as being able to be used for heat in the case of a power outage
  • You can’t get the same type of fire from gas logs, the sparks and crackle of the logs are just cozier with wood burning
  • If maintained properly can last for years

If I get a metal liner I do not need a regular inspection or cleaning:

No matter the type of liner creosote can build up regardless. As well as having other things block or damage the liner means that it is just as important to have your chimney inspected annually. Prevention is typically going to always be cheaper than actual repairs, and damaged liners can pose safety risks as well.

If I burn soft wood, I’ll build up creosote faster:

The type of wood you burn does not actually matter as much as how the wood is treated. Soft or hard woods will both burn will little creosote buildup as long as the wood has been properly seasoned. By doing so, water is not stored in the wood causing a fire with heavy smoke rate. Also making sure your burning a proper fire that doesn’t smolder will also help with reduction of creosote buildup.

If I don’t use my fireplace I don’t need an inspection:

Making sure you have chimney inspected regardless of usage is important. A masonry fireplace will deteriorate regardless of usage. And even with metal liners damage and issues can still occur. Because of damage, water can enter your system and fireplace, as well as to check for birds and other pests entering your chimney. Bird dropping can cause sickness and illness if came in contact with. Also any damage that is there can become worse and if you would decide to ever use the fireplace, costly repairs could be necessary before you could properly use the system.

Using DIY tools are just as effective as having a professional sweep your chimney:

Thanks to the internet, most people think you can get on any video or blog site and fix your problems on your own. While there are tools that are used to help with chimney maintenance, having a professional do the work will always be your best bet. Having your chimney swept is no easy task, not only is it dangerous to climb your roof untrained but not knowing what you’re doing can cause you to possibly damage the chimney during the cleaning as well as making a mess if you’re not sure what you’re doing. If there is any serious work that needs done an untrained also might miss that which could lead to performance issues or long term damage.

While there are many different myths about chimneys the truth is having your chimney inspected by a certified chimney sweep annually is recommended for the long term care of your chimney & safety of your home. If you would like to schedule an inspection feel free to contact us via phone or email anytime.