When you live in Worcester, Massachusetts, you know what it’s like to live through a snowy, cold winter. It can be cold and miserable, but it can be exhilarating and refreshing as well. After spending a day out in the cold, or even just getting to and from your car in the cold, a good way to get all warm and snuggly is by lighting up a fire and cozying in. If deep down you’re really looking forward to those comfy, cozy nights of warming up in front of the fire, there are some things that you should take care of so that you can enjoy those nights knowing that everything is safe and ready to use.
Get Rid of That Creosote
One thing is certain, you’ll need to get rid of creosote buildup. First, though, you may be wondering what creosote is. When you use your fireplace to burn wood, moisture is released. No matter how well-cured your wood is, there will still be a certain level of moisture, and that moisture, along with chemicals, is released through the process of combustion in the form of smoke. As the smoke rises and hits the cooler area at the top of your chimney, it condenses and forms a substance called creosote. This can be either black or brown, crusty and flaky, drippy and sticky, tar-like, or shiny and hardened. It doesn’t matter what form your creosote is in because all forms are extremely flammable. As little as an eighth of an inch of creosote buildup is enough to catch a spark or ember that is floating into your chimney and cause a chimney fire.
There are three stages of creosote buildup. The first form is soot. Soot is a fine, dusty substance that contains unburned carbon particles. It can also contain ash. Although ash isn’t combustible, the unburned carbon particles are, so the flammability of soot depends on the amount of carbon there is in soot.
During the second stage of creosote buildup, it is actually identified as creosote. It is porous and crunchy and combustible. Creosote is formed because of the incomplete combustion process of burning, which is incomplete because of the moisture content of the wood.
The third stage of creosote is when the creosote becomes glazed. It can appear in the form of puddles or in the form of icicles. It is a dense deposit, and because of its density, it adds a large amount of fuel in the case of a chimney fire. At this stage of the creosote game, it becomes very difficult to remove.
Call Us Soon to Get Rid of the Creosote
It’s important to get to the creosote before it gets to Stage 3, where it gets difficult to remove. That’s one reason that it’s so important to have your chimney cleaned every year, and that’s why you should give Firesafe Chimney Service a call. We’ll get you on our calendar soon and have your creosote cleared out of your chimney before it’s time to use it again for the cold winter months.