It looks good on the outside
Most chimneys look fine on the outside, but there could be some hidden dangers hidden inside. Different fuels pose different risks. For instance, burning wood results in creosote build-up. But even fuels like natural gas can cause problems. Vented gases contain moisture that corrode a chimneys masonry lining. So as you can see there is potential for a problems inside your chimney. That is why it is extremely important to have it inspected regularly, your family’s safety is at risk.
Burning unseasoned wood
Whats wrong with burning unseasoned wood? Burning unseasoned wood produces an extremely high amount of creosote. It burns slow and produces much smoke. When this creosote gets in your chimney it will bond to the walls and get hard. Creosote is very flammable, and can ignite very easily. A chimney fire can be a very scary thing and can sound like an airplane landing on your roof.
You should burn seasoned hardwoods. They produce the most heat and last the longest. You should allow your wood to season or dry for at least one year. Seasoned wood still produces creosote, so just because you burn seasoned wood doesn’t mean you should neglect cleaning your chimney regularly.
Chimneys are made to vent
What about an open chimney? Did you ever wonder if things can get down your chimney? Well things can get in there, things like animals. Other debris can find its way into the chimney. A clogged chimney is not a good thing, even if its just partially clogged. You will not get the proper draft and you may soon find your house filling up with smoke. Another thing that is overlooked is water. It’s just water right? Well, when water sits on your chimney liner walls it can give the flue gases something extra to bond to increasing the rate of creosote build-up. The solution is simple. Just put a cap on your chimney.