Tips for Keeping a Stove Pipe Clean
A wood burning stove can be a wonderfully nostalgic addition to your home and very romantic. Unfortunately, there is nothing romantic about cleaning the stove pipe, though it is the price you must pay as a dirty stove pipe is a dangerous stove pipe. To keep the creosote from building up too fast you need to follow a few simple rules.
Keep Flue Open
Fire needs to breath to burn correctly so keep the flue open wide enough. When air cannot flow, the smoke cannot escape as fast as it should; it will linger and build up in the chimney creating creosote.
Green wood is wetter than seasoned wood so it will not burn as clean. Only use seasoned wood in your fireplace.
A Cold Chimney
If your chimney is exposed to the elements you should burn smaller, hotter fires to heat it up. Creosote does not build up as fast in a hot chimney as it does in cold ones.
Use only Wood
Do not ever burn anything in your fireplace except wood. Plastic, for instance, will build creosote a lot quicker then wood will. Plastic will also let off a corrosive acid that can worsen the creosote that is already there.
Gas fireplace logs come in a wide variety of styles, realism, and designs. Depending on the type of system you have, there are questions you should ask yourself while selecting your logs.
Tips for Buying Gas Fireplace Logs
- Do you have a see-through fireplace? Make sure the set you buy looks good from either side, not just one.
- If realism is important to you, check the quality of the construction and details of the logs. Do they look real or fake?
- Ask to see the actual size of the flame. Cheaper systems have smaller, poorer burning flames.
- Will the log set you are considering fit inside your existing fireplace?
- Buy vented log sets for vented fireplaces, and unvented log sets for unvented fireplaces, unless you have an unvented fireplace but want heat. By combining an unvented fireplace with a vented log set and a gas log heater, you can get heat out of your unvented system as well as flames and ambiance.
- Don't buy the cheapest set of logs you can find. You get what you pay for, and paying a little bit more can buy you good looking and high performing logs.