HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CLEAN MY CHIMNEY?
All-American Chimney Sweeps recommends that you should have your chimney cleaned for every two cords of wood that you burn. ( a cord of wood is approximately a pile of wood that is 4′ deep by 4′ high by 8′ long) If you do not burn that much in a two year period, we recommend at least having it inspected every two years to check for any structural changes that may be out of the ordinary and to prevent chimney fires. Please click HERE for further details on fireplace/chimney safety.
WHY SHOULD I HAVE MY FIREPLACE CLEANED SO OFTEN?
Preventative maintenance is crucial when dealing with the safety of your fireplace and home. Creosote is the substance smoke produces that builds up on your chimney’s tile liners. Creosote is a highly flammable substance. When creosote creates a heavy glaze on your tile liners, it puffs up and chokes your flue opening. When this occurs, the creosote can catch fire then causing a fire within the chimney and possibly bursting the tile liners. The fire then spreads outside the chimney stack and catches anything flammable on fire that surrounds the stack, such as rafters and other wood structures, as it extends through your home and out of the roof. Over 405,000 structure fires were the cause of a chimney fire last year alone. Please click on HERE for more information.
WHAT IS THE BEST TYPE(S) OF WOOD TO BURN FOR AN INDOOR FIREPLACE?
The best kinds of wood to burn are seasoned hard woods such as oak, walnut, eucalyptus, madrone, hickory and fruit trees. The benefits of fruit trees are that they offer a slight fruity scent as they burn. A harder wood tends to burn longer and hotter.
The worst kinds of wood to burn are soft woods such as cottonwood, ash, pine, alder and willow. These types of wood may be easier to start a fire, but offer little heat for short periods of time and allow for creosote to build a heavier glaze.
WHY IS MY CHIMNEY SMOKING?
Many reason may be causing your chimney to smoke. The following are reasons that it may be occurring:
- Fireplace opening too tall compared to depth of firebox
- Chimney stack on exterior of establishment does not meet required height
- Chimney may need to be serviced with a cleaning or inspection
- Object(s) near stack may be obstructing flue opening.
HOW IS ALL-AMERICAN’S RATING WITH THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU?
Our rating stands at an “A+” and has been for over 25 years. We are fully insured and licensed and have been since we first opened our doors. To check the BBB website please click HERE