Avoiding Creosote Buildup

| 10/10/2012 3:31:00 PM

Editor in Chief Hank Will, in his International.Even with today's high-efficiency wood burning appliances, creosote buildup in the chimney is still an issue — in fact it may be even more of a problem because so much heat is extracted from the fuel's combustion that creosote deposits can form on the chimney's liner. And that's not good because creosote buildup can lead to potentially life threatening chimney fires down the road. Here are some hints to help minimize the risk:

1. Have your chimney inspected at least once per year and cleaned if necessary.

2. Allow sufficient inlet air into your stove to let the combustion temperature to reach about 1,100 degrees at least a couple of times a day so that creosote forming gases are burned.

3. Give the stove a 10- to 15-minute hot burn each day to consume any thin coating of creosote that may have formed yesterday — don't do this if you are unsure just how much creosote buildup is in your chimney.

4. When starting your daily fire, open the air inlet at least half way to help get the combustion chamber up to temperature — turn it back once the stove is well warmed.

5. Avoid overfeeding the stove — loading smaller logs or splits, more often will help keep the combustion temperature up.

Natalie Gould
10/11/2012 12:48:41 PM

Hey Nebraska Dave! You can watch them here: http://www.toughgrit.com/. There are thumbnails below the featured episode, and these are the old episodes.See you in a few hours!

10/11/2012 12:08:02 AM

Hank, is there some place on the GRIT website that all the tough GRIT episodes are archived? I've seen three and would like to see them all. I don't have the RFDTV channel on my cable network. Have a great tough Grit day.

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