CHIMNEYS, CHIMENEAS, WOOD STOVES
IS INSIDE MY CHIMNEY PIPE?
Creosote is a chemical substance that forms when wood burns. Some creosote
escapes in smoke, but part condenses and builds up within a chimney. Creosote
is a product of incomplete combustion.
most common form of creosote is DRY AND FLAKY; other types range from
a clear or
yellowish substance to a thick, tarry substance.
forms are FLAMMABLE,
have a low ignition temperature, and a high fuel content.
AND WOOD STOVES
PRODUCE SOME CREOSOTE.
wood slowly for long periods of time contributes to the soot and creosote
problem. By opening the air inlets or the wood stove door and allowing
the wood to burn freely ("hot burn") for 10-15 minutes several
times a week- the buildup of creosote can be reduced.
(NOTE: this should be started with new stoves)
IMPORTANT: (If this has not been done
with an older stove, the system should be CLEANED before "hot burning")
your chimney inspected and cleaned ANNUALLY (More frequently if you use
your stove or fireplace often).
* Burn only clean dry seasoned hardwoods (This means using wood that has
been cut and dried at least 12 months.) Green wood releases more moisture
and contributes to creosote formation.
* Keep your fires SMALL but burning at a steady, brisk rate.
* Add fuel often rather than piling too much on at one time. (You will
reduce chances of keeping smoke within the chimney for too long a time,
as well as possible creosote ignition due to high temperatures or "overfiring").
BURN PAPER OR TRASH IN YOUR STOVE OR FIREPLACE
MAKE SURE YOUR FIREPLACE OPENING IS COVERED WITH A STURDY METAL SCREEN
NEVER LEAVE A FIRE UNATTENDED !!!!!!
KEEP A FIRE EXTINGUISHER OR A SUPPLY OF SAND ON HAND TO CONTROL FLAMES
IF THE FIRE GETS TOO LARGE OR ESCAPES IT'S BOUNDARIES.
USE THE EXTINGUISHER ONLY IF YOU HAVE BEEN TRAINED AND KNOW HOW TO USE
AVOID APPLYING WATER TO A HOT STOVE OR CHIMNEY AS THERMAL SHOCK CAN CAUSE
KEEP THE WOODSTOVE FREE OF EXCESS ASH BUILD-UP. FOLLOW MANUFACTURER'S
INSTRUCTIONS. EXCESSIVE BUILD UP PREVENTS GOOD CIRCULATION OF AIR NEEDED
WHEN REMOVING ASHES, USE METAL CONTAINER WITH A TIGHT-FITTING COVER.
KEEP ASHES WELL AWAY FROM THE HOUSE AND OTHER COMBUSTIBLE MATERIAL WHILE
DON'T DUMP ASHES INTO OTHER CONTAINERS UNLESS COALS ARE COMPLETELY EXTINGUISHED.
-- Chimney questions
Use CAUTION when operating! Don't use on decks or near combustibles.
Follow manufacturer's instructions as to placement and installation.
-- National Chimney Sweep Guild