Q&A chimney cleaning How Often?

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Nov 27, 2012

how often should a chimney be cleaned? the fireplace is brick and the chimney is galvanized metal. also, what is the average cost of cleaning? thank you for your response.


Open fireplaces should be looked at every year, or every 4 cords of wood or so....you can simply look at the flue from the bottom or top to see if there is a buildup of soot. The worse type of buildup is the shiny creosote (like a tar), which results when wood is burned without the presence of enough air. Older woodstoves need cleaning at least once a year, even if less than 4 cords are burned...newer woodstoves are cleaner, and the chimney may be quite clean when you check it. Average about $100.00 today.
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