The most efficient way to use your wood burning stove and/or fireplace is to have a clean chimney. With that being said, regular use necessitates regular cleaning and service. Annual chimney cleanings are recommended as a national safety standard.
Ensuring that your stove / fireplace is properly maintained includes checking for proper venting. A proper venting system will allow for the proper draft reducing the amount of wood consumption, as well as produce a steady flow of heat.
Details of a chimney cleaning:
- A complete chimney cleaning include the cleaning of the firebox, smoke chamber, and flue, as well as a visual inspection.
- Creosote removal: Creosote is a dark brown, amber, or black residue that builds up in a wood burning flue. The removal of creosote is essential, as it is a common cause of chimney fires.
- Obstruction removal ~ Perhaps you don’t use your chimney regularly or even if you do, would you know if there is an obstruction? A chimney cleaning can help remove obstructions. This is especially critical if you do not have a chimney cap to protect your flue. You may also experience an obstruction from the deterioration of the chimney. Making sure the flue is free and clear of obstruction will help with the efficiency and safety of running your stove / fireplace.
Rule of thumb and best advice is to have your chimney cleaned and inspected prior to use. Please contact our office to schedule your cleaning and inspection at 410-782-3147 or fill out the form below.