Clean Creosote from Your Chimney: Wood vs. Coal

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    LESLIE: Greg in Utah needs some help finding about chimney cleaning and which fuel is more efficient. What can we do for you?

    GREG: I’m kind of out in the middle of nowhere …

    TOM: OK.

    GREG: … and we use coal and wood to heat our house and I was wondering which one is the worst on creosote.

    TOM: Oh, interesting question. I would think wood because there’s more moisture inside the wood when it burns and, hence, there’s going to be more condensation as a result of that and that’s what deposits the combustion materials on the outside of the chimney – or on the inside of the chimney, I should say. So I would think wood is going to burn dirtier than coal.

    GREG: OK, and then …

    TOM: In any event, Greg, you need to clean the chimney at least once a year if you’re going to make heavy use of it.

    GREG: Yeah, we use it everyday during the winter, so …

    TOM: Yeah, I think you definitely need to be looking at a chimney cleaning at least once a year. Probably at the start of the season is the best time to get it done and then maybe at least inspect it another month or two later.

    GREG: OK. Alright, appreciate it.

    TOM: Alright, Greg. Good luck with that problem. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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