Ways to Minimize Creosote Build-Up
Creosote is a natural by-product of burning wood that originates from condensed wood smoke. Because of this any wood burning fireplace will eventually have a buildup of creosote in there chimney. While creosote is unavoidable, there are several ways to slow and reduce buildup as quickly.
Making sure your burning the proper fire
A fire that is to slow or smolders because the right amount of combustion is not occurring causing excess smoke that goes up into the flue of the chimney and contributes to the creosote buildup. Making sure that you use the right amount of fuel (wood, pellets, etc) can help with making sure your fire burns properly.
Use seasoned wood instead of green or freshly cut to reduce moisture in the wood.
Burn a hot fire to help with combustion of fuel and reduce smoke
Making sure your chimney is properly insulated to prevent smoke from cooling before exiting the chimney.
By doing these things you can reduce creosote buildup and reduce the risk of a chimney fire in your home. Even with doing these things it does not prevent creosote from forming. For this reason it is recommended that you have your wood burning fireplace inspected annually to avoid a buildup of creosote. And your gas fireplace inspected annually to make sure your lines are clean and safe. If you wish to schedule a cleaning or inspection this year, feel free to call or use our website to schedule your next appointment.