Smokey Chimneys Cause Creosote

Smokey Chimneys Cause Creosote

What causes Creosote and what is it? Simply put, when you burn wood and you have a smoky fire, black creosote can form inside your wood burning appliance and chimney system. Tar particles in the smoke condense on a cool surface and cause creosote.

Why is Creosote a Concern?

Why should creosote accumulation be of concern to you and is Creosote flammable? Creosote stinks and is corrosive. Creosote can block your chimney. That blockage can cause smoke back-ups, Creosote is flammable and can cause a chimney fire. The Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends that creosote thicker than % inch be removed. The CSIA also recommends that a layer of creosote glaze (3rd degree creosote) as thin as 1/16th of an inch be removed. If you suspect that you have creosote accumulating in your chimney, please contact a CSIA certified chimney professional. Contact Black Goose at 218-721-3192 or at blackgoosechimney.com to learn about creosote prevention, creosote mitigation, and removal options for your New Jersey home.

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