While it’s best to let a pro inspect and clean the chimney, there are six things homeowners can do to Properly Maintain Your Chimney and Fireplace.
- Clean the ashes from the fireplace as they accumulate.
- Gather firewood a year in advance to properly season it. This results in less flammable material collecting in the chimney.
- Make sure the damper is fully open before lighting a fire in the fireplace.
- Burn nothing in the fireplace except dry firewood or CSIA-accepted manufactured logs. Never burn pressure-treated or painted wood.
- Burn fires that consume the fuel. Burning wet or poor quality fuel results in slow fires and more creosote buildup on the flue.
- Consider using a top-down burn method, which burns hotter, cleaner and produces less smoke than traditional fire-building methods. Place the largest logs on the bottom of the fireplace, then add a cross layer of smaller logs. Next, add some crushed newspaper and top it all with 1-inch of kindling. Light the newspaper, sit back and enjoy the fire.
Properly Maintain Your Chimney and Fireplace