There’s nothing more inviting on a cold winter’s night that sitting down in front of a crackling fire to warm you up. Whether it’s an open fireplace or a combustion stove heater the inviting warmth is an effective means of warming the room.
There is a downside to the use of a wood burning fire as a means of warmth and that’s the work required to keep it running. There’s wood to be chopped, carted into the house, stored and placed on the fire at regular intervals. Then there’s the polluting smoke, fumes and gases that are produced by the fire that is being funneled out into the air. But not all of the waste makes it out of the house. Soot-blackened bricks or glass lay testament to the act of burning a carbon based product. This leaves you with the task of cleaning up the fire damage.
The results of many fires are not only the soot and smoke damage that you can see on the outside of the fireplace. The chimney will also contain evidence of every semi-dried stick of wood that went up in smoke. The greener the wood the more smoke and other particulates that will be sent up the chimney. A good deal of that effluent winds up stuck to the inside of the chimney as creosote which will begin to affect the way the chimney draws. In severe cases the build up can result in a chimney fire which can have devastating results.
To avoid the prospect of having to fight a fire inside your chimney a chimney sweep should be called every year at the end of the cold season to thoroughly clean out the chimney. Even if there is little creosote coating the inside of the chimney it is better to have it cleaned than to be unsure.
Fires result in dirty residue that can be difficult to move. The best way to deal with the threat of chimney fires and soot removal is to call someone in who knows fireplaces, chimneys and fire damage cleaning methods and ensure that your fireplace is safe for next winter.