A wood-burning Fireplace is a traditional fireplace which may, or may not, have glass doors.
Chimney fires can occur when creosote builds up on the inside of the chimney flue. Creosote is a black or brown residue which comes from the smoke of burning logs in the fireplace. Creosote is highly flammable and, if allowed to build up, can catch fire and burn at temperatures approaching 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit. These temperatures can crack flue liners and allow heat to ignite nearby wood or other combustible materials.
A wood-burning Fireplace is different than a gas Fireplace, which uses either natural gas or propane as the fuel source, and whose ‘logs’ are fake.
And a wood-burning Fireplace is also different than a Wood Stove, which is closed metal box that burns wood logs. It is also different than a Pellet Stove, which is a closed metal box that burns special pieces of formed wood material called ‘pellets.’
Routine Care Task
Chimney fires can be very dangerous. This task will help prevent them.
How To Prevent
Typically a professional chimney sweep will thoroughly clean your fireplace and chimney and check for defects. Or you can do the work yourself if you have the proper brushes and vacuums and don’t mind the mess or hassle.
The tasks include:
•Inspect for creosote deposits in the flue. If greater than 1/8″ in thickness, then the chimney flue should be cleaned.
•Check the firebox for damaged brick or mortar.
•Check the damper for operation and snug fit. Also inspect for cracks, pitting or rusted-out sections.
•Check the flue for broken or damaged bricks on the flue liner. Cracking is a sign that there has been a flue fire and is a potentially serious problem.
- Health & Safety
- Avoiding Unscheduled Repairs
- Allergy Control
The benefits of this task are high, as it helps prevent dangerous and costly chimney fires.
The cost of this task is moderate, and requires the scheduling of a qualified chimney sweep.
To schedule a chimney inspection, cleaning, repair & build out, or dryer vent cleaning & repair and duct cleaning & repair, contact Sweep Dreams Chimney & Ducts today at (320) 252-6242.
Re-posted by: Home Wizard