While the Chimney Sweep Log may help with breaking down creosote it does not take the place of a mechanical cleaning. It's like using mouthwash to clean your teeth instead of using a toothbrush. If you read the packaging it states to have the chimney checked and/or cleaned by a chimney professional.
How To Operate Your Fireplace
Have your chimney cleaned and inspected on a regular basis by a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep.
Before starting a fire, make sure the damper is completely opened.
Never use Petroleum products to start a fire in your fireplace. This includes charcoal lighter fluid, gasoline, or any other flammable liquid.
Never store any flammable materials or fire products near the fireplace.
Burn seasoned firewood. Do not burn scrap wood, cardboard, wrapping paper, Christmas trees or treated wood. These products burn hot and can be extremely dangerous! They can lead to cracked flue tiles which can result in flue fires.
Be sure to have fire detectors and Carbon Monoxide detectors in your home. Routinely check these devices for proper operation and replace batteries as necessary.
Have the proper chimney cap installed.
Never leave fires unattended.
Place ashes in a non-flammable container and store in area away from combustibles. Coals may remain hot for an extended period of time, even if you do not see smoke.
Burning only seasoned firewood will help your fireplace system burn cleaner and more efficiently. Burning green or wet wood causes excessive smoke and rapid creosote buildup.
At Abbey Road Chimney Sweep, we specialize in chimney and dryer vent cleaning, inspections, and repairs. We have been "Sweeping Since 1978" and have many satisfied customers.