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) which 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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