TOM: There’s nothing like the glow of a crackling fire on a cold night but only if the chimney that carries the smoke away is safe. Hi. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete with today’s Money Pit Home Improvement Minute.
TOM: A chimney that’s in bad shape can lead to a chimney fire, which is fueled by highly-flammable deposits of creosote that build up bit by bit as smoke condenses on the sides of the cold flue.
LESLIE: To keep creosote from building up, only burn wood that’s been seasoned for at least 12 months. It will be burn cleaner and its drier smoke won’t condense on the flue walls.
TOM: Maintaining a good draft is also key. If smoke billows back into a room, it could be a sign the chimney is blocked or needs other attention.
LESLIE: It’s also important to make sure that your chimney is professionally cleaned regularly and make sure that your sweep is licensed, insured, and a member of a reputable and recognized trade association. I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: And I’m Tom Kraeutler. For more Money Pit Home Improvement Tips, visit moneypit.com.