a clean sweep

Timber Home Living - - The Welcome Home Series -

Con­duct an an­nual checkup of your fire­box, flue and chim­ney or ex­haust duct, ide­ally just be­fore you will start to use it for the sea­son. Look for block­ages, like birds’ nests or cre­osote (a highly flammable, gummy de­posit), on the in­te­rior of chim­ney walls and on the sur­face of the flue. Whether you see danger signs or not, it’s smart to have your chim­ney cleaned an­nu­ally — bian­nu­ally if burn more than two cords of wood per year (that’s the equiv­a­lent of two pick-up truck beds’ worth of wood).

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