News About Chimneys and Hearth Appliances:
Chimney Fire Weather.
Believe it or not a long cold winter usually has less chimney
fires than a warmer, or warm and cold alternating winter (like this one). When
the weather is not that cold most people think they don’t need to pay as much
attention to their chimneys, but the opposite is true.
When days are warm, but heat is still required, most wood
stoves are run “choked down” on a low temp, which builds up creosote faster
than a hot burn. When the stove is later “cranked up” it is hot enough to cause
the creosote buildup in the chimney, or pipe, to burn. On very cold winters the
stove is always burning hot, and therefore leaves less creosote in the chimney.
Chimneys are designed to contain a single incident chimney
fire. They are not designed to survive a fire with no damage. A common
misconception is that if you have a metal chimney or stainless steel flue liner
it doesn’t need to be cleaned. However,
while metal chimneys and stainless flue liners function better than masonry,
they can still accumulate creosote, and can still have chimney fires.
Chimney fires can be small, and unnoticed, or large enough
to destroy your home. Whenever you think
you are having a chimney fire call 911, for 2 reasons. 1. Because even a small
fire can spark on your roof and grow into a larger fire, 2. To document it for
your insurance agency. If the fire was
hot enough to crack flue tiles you will need liners and it may be covered under
your homeowner’s policy.
If you suspect you have had a chimney fire discontinue use
of the stove until the stove, pipe and chimney can be properly inspected by a
chimney professional, according to National Fire Code. If the chimney is
damaged in any way it is not safe to use.
We provide chimney flue cleanings and inspections all year
round, chimney fire investigation work, and reports and quotes for insurance
work, as well as upgrades to your current systems.
For more information, or to schedule a cleaning and
inspection please call us at 603-755-4835.