Lurlene Diefenbach. chimney ideas. April 19th , 2018.
One of the most common issues in chimney flue maintenance is the buildup of creosote. Creosote is an oil that is emitted when woods and other solids are burned, which can solidify and build up on the inside of your chimney. If left untreated, creosote buildup can ignite and cause dangerous chimney fires.
Buy a pulley rope system to be used with your chimney brush. Two ropes are attached to the brush, one on the top and one on the bottom, and the brush is operated from both the roof and the fireplace. Assemble the pulley system with the brush. Have one person take it up a ladder to the roof. The person on the roof should hold one side of the rope, and drop the other side, with the brush in the middle, through the flue to the other person waiting below.
If you only clean your chimney once a year, do it in the fall, before the burning season begins. Otherwise, you risk sparking a chimney fire the first time you light up your fireplace in the winter.
Dress in appropriate clothing. Wear old clothes that you do not mind getting messy with soot. Cover your hair with a bandanna. You may want to wear work gloves to protect your hands. Use a dust mask and goggles to prevent soot from getting in your mouth and eyes.
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