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FAQs ABOUT CHIMNEY CLEANING                                                   

The National Fire Protection Association recommends an annual cleaning and inspection of all woodburning appliances.

If there is 1/8 inch or more creosote build up in the chimney flue, there is potential for a chimney fire. However, creosote types vary and some types of creosote require even less to be a chimney fire danger. If you have any doubt, call a professional chimney sweep.

Once we determine that the chimney needs to be cleaned, we put a tarp down on the floor in front of your appliance. We use a wire brush to clean the chimney flue, as well as the smoke chamber/smoke shelf area in fireplaces and the stove pipe in wood burning stoves.

While cleaning, we always place tarps on the floor in front of the appliance. We use a high powered vacuum, made just for chimney cleaning, to control dust.

A chimney cap keeps out the rain and snow as well as critters who would like to get into your chimney. They also have the advantage of arresting sparks.

We are always glad to clean your chimney. But the best time to schedule a chimney cleaning is in the Spring or Summer, or as soon as you finish burning for the season. Fall is our busiest season and in the Winter we have to contend with snow and ice, which makes the roofs slick and often impossible to be on.

Creosote is a byproduct of the incomplete combustion of wood. It forms in the chimney by two methods. One is called the aerosol method in which the smoke comes in contact with condensation, where temperatures in the chimney fall below the condensation point of the smoke. Creosote initally forms as a liquid then dries to a tar or glaze type consistency.

A stinky fireplace is usually a sign that the chimney needs to be cleaned and probably needs a rain cap. The down draft and / or humidity often found in the summer months brings the smell of damp creosote into the house.

The best product we have found to clean glass doors is Speedy White Cleaner.

Yes we do. Everything your hearth desires in fireplaces and accessories is available for you to see at The Hearthside Shoppe. Drop in soon and look over our beautifully displayed selection of both standard and free-standing fireplaces. You will find attractive fireplaces that blend beautifully with the decore of any home. We also have a fine selection of gas logs, glass enclosures, grates, and tool sets to chose from. Store Hours are Thurs- Sat. 9-5 P.m. in season, Sept-Feb. During the rest of the time by appointment. (815)-998-2110 or E-mail hearth7@maxwire.net