Maintenance is expensive. Besides, how are you supposed to know, when the interior of the chimney needs cleansing? When the exact condition of a flue liner gets missed by your eyes and bending your neck to the required extent is too much to be done; then a stinking smell right from the fireplace will inarguably indicate the presence of creosote. Accumulation of combustion by-products is directly linked to the type of fuel you use and the efficiency of your heating system. Undoubtedly in case of a fireplace or woodstove, they will be frequently utilized in winters.
There isn’t any established rule for inspecting a chimney and accordingly performing the thorough cleaning. Generally, after a minimum count of 55 fires you should look towards getting the flue liner cleaned.
How is Creosote a Threat?
Creosote is formed when wood as the energy supplier is burned inefficiently. The smoke consists of tar and creosote, formed while the resins and oil in wood logs gets improperly burned. These volatile substances condense on the flue liner and over time get deposited into a thick black layer. Both tar and creosote are highly flammable and hence perilous to the safety of your family.
What Can Be Done?
- When the wood burns at a low temperature and the moisture in wood blocks are high, inevitably more amount of creosote will be produced. Thus, it is wise not to buy wood with high moisture content.
- Availing wood can be costly for you. In case, the idea of utilizing old pieces of wood seems to be an attempt worth saving money, avoid timber which are painted or treated with chemicals.
- The room where you make use of the fireplace should be properly ventilated. Keep putting timber at regular intervals. Above all make sure you save some budget to get your chimney cleaned on a yearly basis.
What Can Negligence Lead to?
- Soot from oil and gas be easily brushed away. Even creosote build-up in forms of flakes can be removed.
- Don’t delay in emptying away this initial stage of creosote as the flakes will hinder the entry of air from outside, required for combustion and ultimately lead to inadequate draft.
- A poor draft in turn causes inadequate burning of wood, trigger the dangerous cycle of creosote formation.
- When the matter is left unattended, creosote gets intensified and its combustibility increases rapidly.
- Oftentimes it becomes impossible to get rid of such stubborn creosote and the flue liner is required to be replaced.
- Your life and that of the ones you love are a lot more valuable than few bucks of cleaning a chimney yearly. If situation has already aggravated, then do consider investing in a new flue liner.
You can clean a flue liner all by yourself. But hiring chimney cleaning professionals is beneficial as they bring along experiences. With the high-performance vacuum and brush, they will clean the flue liner, the smoke chamber and firebox, in keeping with the standards established by Canadian government.