Many chimney owners are unfamiliar with the term "creosote". But this substance is actually quite hazardous.

Many chimney owners are unfamiliar with the term “creosote”. But this substance is actually quite hazardous.

Are you a chimney owner? Are you looking to get a chimney installed anytime soon? Well, if you’ve answered yes to either of the two questions then we’ve got some information that could be helpful. Our team here at Owens Chimney Systems, Inc. is ready and willing to help you out with your chimney and chimney related needs. Being certified with the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), we assure you that we can help get the best performance from your heating system. In our years of experience in the chimney industry, we have been approached with various questions from concerned homeowners. One of the most frequently inquired topics of concern is regarding creosote. So, here are a few important things every chimney owner should know about creosote.

What is creosote?

Until now, you may have never heard of the term creosote. So the first question that comes to mind is generally, “what is it?” Well, creosote is a tar like substance that is a result of the combination of the tars produced by the burning of wood, other organic vapors and moisture. So basically, that tarry substance that you find on your chimney is creosote. This is actually a major cause of chimney fires.

Is creosote avoidable?

Unfortunately, it’s not. Since creosote is basically a byproduct of the combustion or burning process, and since burning is commonplace in every chimney, it is generally unavoidable. There are, though, preventive measures developed and ways to lessen the gravity of the creosote accumulation in your chimney.

How can I get rid of creosote or prevent the build-up of creosote?

There are ways and certain preventive measures that have been developed and proven to prevent the major buildup of creosote in our chimneys. The following are a few of these tips:

  • Burn hardwood as opposed to soft wood.
  • Do not attempt to use wet wood in efforts to extend the burn time.
  • Seasoned wood that has been dried for at least a year is ideal.

Another thing that you can do to ensure the prevention of creosote buildup is to make an appointment with your nearest chimney professional and schedule regular sweeping and inspections. That way, you are sure that your chimney is well-maintained and working efficiently.