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What is a Chimney Fire?

 

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What is a Chimney Fire?

Chimney fires are not every day occurrences in people’s lives.  In fact the less frequent the better! A chimney fire is a fire that burns up the inside walls of the flue, or chimney. It is very similar to what I imagine a jet engine to be like. There is lots of raw fuel lining a round chamber, an inlet and outlet, and heat from a wood-burning fireplace or woodstove down below. This really sets up a rather ideal scenario for high temperatures and out-of-control burning!

How do Chimney Fires Start?

Chimney Fires start when months of regular usage of a fireplace or woodstove results in build up along the inside walls of the flue, or the inside of the chimney. This deposit may be soft dry soot or tar-like or even glazed. Some forms of creosote will catch fire easier than others, and while I have never been inside of a chimney to witness it, I know that when it is swept out and clean it is hard to support a chimney fire. Some forms of creosote cannot be removed by conventional chimney sweep brushes. Instead a chimney creosote remover chemical is in order. Listen to your Certified Chimney Professional and decide what the best path of resolution is for the creosote in your chimney.

Are Chimney Fires Fun?

Conventional wisdom says this is not a wise question. First of all, Yes chimney fires are fun if it is a demonstration in a parking lot or if you are watching someone else’s chimney go up in smoke! Secondly, it is a dangerous activity and you should not use it as a method of chimney cleaning. that is right, we actually have people indicate that chimney fires are fairly regular occurrences for them and they rather enjoy the cathartic experience. Just hire a chimney sweep is what we say. Don’t take the risk if you can mitigate the risk.  Select a Level II Chimney Inspection from Midtown Chimney Sweeps if you have not done so in several years. This Level II Inspection will only cost a few dollars more than an annual sweep and inspection and will get you a more detailed and thorough understanding of your chimney or fireplace. We will run a live scan video camera up and down the flue and inspect for cracks and other potential safety hazards!
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In Conclusion, What is a Chimney Fire and How can I Prevent One?

A chimney fire is a high heat event inside a chimney that burns the creosote along the entire inside walls of the flue and may compromise the integrity of the venting system and passageway. One may reduce the risk of chimney fires by having the chimney inspected and cleaned annually!

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  • Customer Testimonials

    I can't stress enough how glad I am to have found these guys. Honest, reliable and affordable. Truly enjoyed working with them.

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    Had them come to do a chimney sweep and dryer vent clean for a condo I just purchased. They were efficient and amazingly helpful, performing the chimney sweep efficiently and going way above and beyond on the dryer vent clean! They found a bird's nest that had been lodged in the dryer vents and was a possible fire hazard - and took care of it and cleaned everything perfectly. I will definitely use them again for future annual chimney sweeps and would highly recommend the to anyone around! Thank you so much!

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    Awesome! I had Byron come service the chimney/fireplace of my new home before winter sets in. What incredible, friendly, and knowledgable service. I will definitely use them again. I hugely recommend them to anyone needing their chimney/fireplace services.

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    Tikar was really professional, punctual and got straight to work. He answered all of my questions and gave me some helpful info about the wood burning stove since I've never used one before. Thank you, Tikar!

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    I've used these guys twice and had an excellent experience both time. Scheduling is easy and communication with the company is very professional. They were very conscientious about putting down drop cloths and keeping everything clean. And they went way above and beyond providing excellent service. I had bought a remote for our propane fireplace a year before and never installed it for myself. When Midtown installed it and it didn't work right away, they personally took it back the place from whom I'd made the purchase to troubleshoot before returning to complete the installation. And spent a ton of extra time on the return trip because they discovered a gasket on that fireplace needed to be replaced and they did it right then and there. I can't say enough good things about these guys!

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  • Customer Testimonials

    The Midtown Chimney Sweep's representative that came to my home was very professional, knowledgable, and helpful! He answered all the questions I had and helped me fix a gas fireplace I had been having problems with for years! Best experience I've had with a chimney sweep service in years! I will be using this company again!

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  • Customer Testimonials

    Great customer service and really helpful!!

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  • Customer Testimonials

    My experience with Midtown Sweeps was primarily through their employee, Jason Allen, who was polite, efficient and knowledgeable. The top of one of my fireplace chimneys had blown off during a major windstorm which is common in Evergreen. I also had a problem with a woodpecker getting in the chimney and wood-pecking on it at all times of the day and night. Jason efficiently climbed on the roof and replaced the chimney top and we had a fun discussion about woodpeckers. If Jason represents Midtown Sweeps as a typical employee, then I recommend the company at a high level and would recommend the company to anyone who needs chimney support.

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    Glen was terrific. He got here on time, was curtious and cleaned up after himself both inside and out. Price was fair. I'd recommend Midtown without hesitation.

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    We found these guys to be very helpful, professional, and competent at a great price.

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