Wood burning fireplaces are awesome and they require the highest level of attention. Creosote, a tar-like substance often found in wood burning fireplace chimney flues, is a bi-product of burning wood. Creosote can itself catch fire and cause a flue fire. Creosote buildup can also affect the proper venting of the chimney flue. Here is a great “What you need to know when burning wood” list that I found on the Chimney Safety Institute of America’s website:
- Get an annual chimney check. Have chimneys inspected annually, and cleaned as necessary, by a qualified professional chimney service technician. This reduces the risk of fires and carbon monoxide poisonings due to creosote buildup or obstructions in the chimneys. Keep it clear.
- Keep tree branches and leaves at least 15 feet away from the top of the chimney.
- Install a chimney cap to keep debris and animals out of the chimney.
Read more fireplace safety tips here.
An important aspect of starting a fire in a fireplace is to use seasoned wood and make sure you place the wood in the rear. Avoid using flammable liquid and instead, use kindling to help get the fire going. You should always also have a screen for your fireplace to protect from flying embers.
The team at Apple Valley Eagan Appliance also provides fireplace maintenance and service. Call us at 952-953-0080 to learn more about this type of heating service.