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Chimney FAQ's


Why do chimneys need to be cleaned? What dose a chimney cleaning consist of?
What causes this build-up of creosote? Do you clean ashpits?
What is unseasoned, wet, and soft firewood? Will cleaning my chimney get dust all over the house?
How can I tell when wood is properly "seasoned"? How often do I need to have my chimney cleaned?
What kind of wood is good to burn? Why dose an insert cleaning cost more then a regular cleaning?
What about the logs that are for sale at the supermarkets? What if my insert cannot be removed?
Is the chimney clogged if it smokes into my home? What is a direct connection?
How can I avoid this from happening? How long dose the cleaning usually take?
Is there anything else I can do to make sure I burn wood safely? Can repairs be completed at the time of the cleaning?
Are estimates free?


Q. Why do chimneys need to be cleaned?
When wood burns, it creates a substance called creosote. Creosote builds up on the walls of the chimney over time. Creosote is flammable and must be removed to avoid a chimney fire.
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Q. What causes this build-up of creosote?
The degree and severity of the creosote varies form a fine powder to a non-removable tar. All creosote is caused form the incomplete combustion of your firewood. The reason for incomplete combustion is that the fire is burning at too low a temperature. Low temperatures can be the result of unseasoned, wet or soft firewood, intentional burning at a low temperature, or closing down the fireplace before all of the wood is consumed.
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Q. What is unseasoned, wet, and soft firewood?
Unseasoned firewood is wood that has not had the opportunity for the natural moisture in the log to have evaporated. In order for this process to occur, the log needs to be split into halves or quarters and allowed to sit for six months to one year. Wet wood is simply logs which have sat outside and absorbed moisture from outside elements. Soft wood is a term used to describe certain types of wood that are not recommended for use in a fireplace.
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Q. How can I tell when wood is properly "seasoned"?
Properly seasoned wood will have a few easy to detect characteristics such as: the wood will appear discolored or gray, the log will have natural cracks coming from the center to the outside, the log will not have a fresh cut look.
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Q. What kind of wood is good to burn?
Wood such as oak, cherry, ash and other dense types are good to burn. Their moisture content is much lower than the softer types such as pine and cottonwood.
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Q. What about the logs that are for sale at the supermarkets?
The logs such as Duraflame, ect. can be burned without much creosote buildup. the logs are usually made from compresses sawdust, copper sulfate and paraffin wax. Although they do not generally cause buildup, some fireplace users dislike the odor that the wax creates.
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Q. Is the chimney clogged if it smokes into my home?

Generally speaking, no. Some of the most common causes for smoke backing up into the home are:

  • The damper is not locked in the open position

  • The wood is unseasoned, wet, or soft and cannot create enough heat to cause the smoke to rise properly into the chimney.

  • The walls of the chimney are cold, not allowing the smoke to rise properly.
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Q. How can I avoid this from happening?
Make sure the damper is locked open before starting the fire. Make sure that you are using seasoned firewood. If the chimney walls are cold, light a piece of loosely rolled newspaper and place it near the damper. This will push heat into the chimney, creating the proper draft.
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Q. Is there anything else I can do to make sure I burn wood safely?
Yes. There are many things to burning wood than just throwing anything into the fireplace and striking a match. First, many households items, when burned, can create toxic fumes. It is always best to burn only wood in your fireplace. You may wish to go to your local library and obtain information on the proper wood burning procedures. Second, always wear protective gloves when around the fireplace and never set anything on the hearth area - it may catch fire from radiated heat. Third, never use anything combustible to remove ashes from your fireplace.
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Q. Are estimates free?
Estimates are always free. Most of the time they can be done over the phone but sometimes it requires we come out to your home. An estimate involves the homeowner explaining to us what product or service you want or need and we will estimate the cost and time of completion. An estimate is not "Can you come to my house and tell me what i need?" or "Can you tell me whats wrong?". That would be an inspection for which there is a charge (call for current pricing). If you are having a chimney cleaning performed that does include a level I inspection.
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Q. What dose a chimney cleaning consist of?
We clean the entire system from the fireplace up, which includes the firebox, smoke chamber, smoke shelf, and flue. We then check the system for any visible problems.
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Q. Do you clean ashpits?
No.
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Q. Will cleaning my chimney get dust all over the house?
No, we use a vacuum system designed specifically for dust control, and we guarantee no dust.
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Q. How often do I need to have my chimney cleaned?
After 2 ricks of wood have been burned in the system. A rick of wood is 4ft. high x 8ft. long, and one log deep.
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Q. Why dose an insert cleaning cost more then a regular cleaning?
Because the insert, which may weigh over 600 lbs. must be removed from the firebox to properly clean the system.
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Q. What if my insert cannot be removed?
Unless the insert has a direct connection to the flue, it must be removed for proper cleaning.
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Q. What is a direct connection?
It is a flue pipe that is connected directly to the exhaust collar of the stove and extends to the base of the flue or all the way up to the top of the chimney.
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Q. How long dose the cleaning usually take?
A regular cleaning can take from about 20 minutes to an hour depending on the type of chimney and construction of the system.
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Q. Can repairs be completed at the time of the cleaning?
It depends on the type of repair needed and our technicians schedule for that day.
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