With the sun setting earlier and temperatures falling, nothing feels better than warming up in front of a cozy fire.  A clean and functioning chimney is essential to get maximum enjoyment and proper performance out of your gas or wood stove or insert.  Signs of a properly working chimney include:

  • Easily lit fires
  • Smoke not filling the room when lighting a fire
  • No smoke spilling out when maintaining the fire
  • No odor or cold air from the hearth when not in use

The key reason to keep your chimney clean is to avoid house fires and the main way to avoid a risk is to avoid creosote build up.  Creosote build-up is the biggest concern with wood-burning stoves and inserts, while soot and combustion byproducts can lead to a damaged flue liner with gas stoves and inserts.

Chimney cleaning can be pretty complex, so we definitely recommend a pro if you’re unsure of what all is involved.  With that said, for regular upkeep with the right tools, we have some tips for DIY chimney maintenance.

  • Buy a chimney brush that fits your flue and enough extension rods to run the full length of your chimney.
  • Close the door to your stove or tape plastic across the fireplace opening.
  • Work from above, with the damper open and the chimney cap off, thread the first rod onto the brush.
  • Place the brush into the flue and scrub up and down as you go, all the way to the bottom, adding new sections of rod as needed.
  • After removing the brush, check the chimney to make sure you’ve removed all build-up.
  • Use a wet/dry vac to to remove all debris that has fallen during cleaning.

Our recommendations

Channellock 12 gallon wet dry vac

18 Ft. FIberglass Chimney Extension Rod Kit

Round 6 in. Chimney Brush