Welcome to our website. We have serviced the Matanuska-Susitna Valley and Anchorage areas since 2008. Our goal is to educate our clients about the use and care of their wood stoves, fireplaces and chimneys.
How often should I have my chimney cleaned or inspected?
"The variables leading to creosote formation are so many and so complex that generalizations are almost meaningless. However, here are some guidelines that should help you decide when and how often to clean your fireplace, stove or chimney.
Stoves: Chimneys should be cleaned once a year at the very minimum. Clean more frequently if the stove is primary source of heat, if the stove is large for the area it heats and is run at the low end of its performance range (produces more smoke and less heat), or if inspection of firebox shows any significant buildup.
Fireplaces: Generally, don't need cleaning every year, unless they get heavy use - four or five fires a week for example.
How to avoid creosote buildup?
1) Burn dry wood
2) Have a straight stovepipe. Elbows reduce effective draft and add turbulence.
3) Select proper size stove. If the stove is too large, it must be run at the low end of its output range. This means low damper settings,, slow smoldering burns, and fast creosote buildup. Better to have a smaller stove that can be run at higher temperatures.
4) Burn small, hot fires. Build only fire the size you need. Don't make too large of a fire that must be controlled by shutting the draft.
5) Add fuel often. It is better to add fuel to the fire in small amounts and often than in large loads."*
Call us today for a free quote:
Valley Chimney Sweeps
Sutton, Alaska 99674
State of Alaska License #979423
* Christopher Curtis and Donald Post - Be Your Own Chimney Sweep, Garden Way Publishing