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Q&A Chimney Creosote Use/Disposal

Post in 'Questions and Answers' started by QandA, Nov 28, 2004.

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  1. QandA

    QandA New Member Staff Member

    Nov 27, 2012

    Is there any practical use for the "creosote" residue left from cleaning the chimney of my woostove? Is this residue similar in any way to the wood preservative creosote ? For example- can the chimney residue be dissolved in a liquid of any type and then be used as a wood preservative? If there is no practical use for chimney creosote- what is the proper way to dispose of it- and does it present any permanent environmental hazard?


    Good question.....Yes- there are similarities between it and the wood preserving creosote...However- in practical matters- there is no good "home" use for it. You should work hard toward reducing the amount you create- as opposed to figuring out what to do with it.Creosote does contain many tars and other chemicals. I am not familiar with disposal methods- but cannot imagine any danger from disposing of small amounts by burial or trash. You may get some more complete answers from some of the chimney sites listed at http://hearth.com/what/links.html

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