It’s important to have your wood burning fireplace serviced and cleaned regularly to ensure that any toxic and unhealthy fumes produced by burning wood or wood products are removed from your home. Annual cleaning and inspection of your wood burning fireplace is important for you and your family’s overall health and safety.
How to clean your wood burning fireplace:
- You can purchase chimney rods and brushes at your local hardware store.
- Before cleaning your fireplace you will want to change into old clothes and put on safety goggles and a dust mask. Lay a clean tarp in front of the fireplace and cover the fireplace opening with a plastic tarp. It might be helpful to attach it with duct tape.
- Open the fireplace damper. This is the metal door located just above the firebox.
- Carefully climb on the roof of your home.
- Remove the chimney cap and check for any weather damage.
- Assemble your chimney rods and brushes according to the manufacturer’s directions.
- Run the brush down the chimney using a short up and down motion. Some brushes might be designed to twist as well.
- After you have finished cleaning the top of your chimney, go back inside and use a short chimney brush to clean the flue. The flue is the pipe that runs between the fireplace and the chimney.
- Using a vacuum cleaner or small broom, remove the cold ashes and creosote from the fireplace and damper.
- Using a stiff, dry scrub brush, brush the floors and walls of the fireplace.
- Use the brush to clean the creosote that has built up behind the damper.
- Reach through the damper and use a vacuum hose to remove the creosote out of the smoke shelf cavity behind the fireplace.
- After cleaning your fireplace, vacuum up all of the dust and debris.
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