Chimney Cleaning

For increased safety

Why is it important to clean a chimney regularly?

Before answering that question, let’s see what happens when wood is burnt in a fireplace.

When using your fireplace, the chimney allows by-products of a fire to exit your home. What are those by-products? They are smoke, unburned wood particles, gases, hydrocarbon, water vapor, to name a few. As they exit your fireplace through the chimney flue, the cooler air will create condensation which results in creosote, a tar-like substance, that sticks to the wall of your chimney.

To avoid that cooler air in the flue, burning high calorific value firewood will produce higher temperature and reduce the formation of creosote.

Low heat in a fireplace will favor the creation of creosote while high heat will prevent it. You have probably heard that burning soft wood such as pine tree or spruce has a low calorific value, hence why they produce more creosote. Furthermore, conifers will release their resin (gum) while burning which also creates creosote.

Another way to considerably reduce the formation of creosote is to upgrade your fireplace with a wood burning insert. Read more on this option in our wood burning insert section

Creosote is highly flammable.

As creosote has formed in your chimney overtime, it becomes a fire hazard. Cleaning your chimney involves brushing the interior of the flue to remove this high flammable material.

How often should it be done? It all depends how often you are using your fireplace. It also depends on the quality of the woods that you have used during the cold season.

As a general rule, at the very least once a year.

Because neglecting to clean your chimney can cause fire and put your safety and the one of your loved ones at risk, getting your chimney cleaned regularly is a very small investment to make to get the peace of mind while enjoying your fireplace.