CHIMNEY SWEEP AND HEARTH PROFESSIONAL OF CT MA AND RI
Preventing chimney fires:
DON'T BE A STATISTIC!!!
Ways to reduce tar and soot build up in your chimney
1. Always connect a stove to an approved chimney (as per building code regulations) that means using double skin insulated flue pipe, insulated or non-insulated flexible chimney liner(depending on application), or poured chimney liner.
2. Regularly have the chimney swept - at least once a year, we recommend, at the end of the burning season.
3. If burning wood then a second sweeping in the middle of the burning season is advised.
5. Regularly have hot fires - once a day - this will help to dry out the tar that has built up. You can also occasionally burn dry untreated skip wood (or kiln-dried) as this has a very low moisture content.
6. Use co-mate additives - i.e. Soot Sweep® Soot Remover; Kwik-Shot® Soot Stopper; or Rutland® Creosote Remover; non-zinc based additives that help tar flake off the chimney; available from your local hearth shop.
7. Do not use salt or zinc based additives as they can corrode the chimney.
All these recommendations will help to reduce the amount of tar build-up in the chimney and therefore the risk of having a chimney fire. These recommendations should be used together; only implementing one of these recommendations is not enough.
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