If your chimney is caked in creosote, this can be a potential fire hazard, possibly putting you and your family in danger. Since creosote can be tough to clean, soap and water may not be enough. For this reason, many homeowners use creosote sweeping logs to deal with this chimney issue.
Batts’ Chimney Services, your trusted chimney repair experts, shares everything you need to know about creosote sweeping logs.
What Do Creosote Sweeping Logs Do?
You might have experienced soot and other compounds building up in your burner’s chimney. Regardless of what you use to make the fire, these compounds will eventually accumulate. Take note that when the smoke condenses, it can stick to the insides of the chimney and produce a sticky residue called creosote.
Creosote sweeping logs are designed to loosen the creosote caked inside your chimney and make your fireplace cleaner and safer. When burning a creosote log as you would with natural wood, your chimney’s deposit can be cleared easily, which prevents creosote accumulation. Additionally, these logs are not only easy to use but also reduce your chances of having a chimney fire.
How Can Creosote Sweeping Logs Get Rid of Creosote?
As previously mentioned, when the compounds produced by burning wood hit cool chimney walls, they condense into creosote. It happens in all fireplaces, but poor chimney draft and improper burning of seasoned wood can make it worse. Creosote typically starts off light or crusty, but over time, it can turn into a thick substance that may take time for a chimney sweep to eliminate.
Creosote sweeping logs contain chemical additives that rise up through your chimney and stick to the creosote deposits. These chemicals dry out the creosote and turn it into a substance that’s less flammable and easier to remove. Once the cleaning log burns out and you continue to burn regular firewood, the chemicals from the chimney clean log can still work on the creosote for about two weeks.
Even though these creosote sweeping logs loosen the soot and creosote in your chimney, you will still need to have a professional perform regular chimney cleaning. Soot and creosote are not the only things that can get inside your chimney. During your regular chimney inspection, a professional chimney sweeper can spot any issues and prevent them from getting worse.
Are you searching online for a professional chimney maintenance company? Look no further than Batts’ Chimney Services. For Jefferson County homeowners, call us at (205) 956-8207, while Northeast Alabama homeowners can contact us at (256) 660-1338. You can also fill out our online contact form to request an appointment.