A warm fireplace makes cold weather not only bearable, but romantic and intimate. And in your swooning state of seasonal hibernation chimney maintenance is the furthest thing from your mind.
We usually run our chimneys all winter long without a thought to the wear and tear happening behind the hearth. So in the summer, when the weather is warm and the AC is running full-blast, it is important to consider proper chimney maintenance. Otherwise a harmful substance known as creosote could ruin your rustic and romantic relaxation this winter.
This tar-like substance is formed from smoke, gases, vapor, minerals, volatile hydrocarbon, and other particles that are supposed to escape through the chimney flue; however, due to the cooler temperature of the chimney walls, condensation causes the particles to congeal into creosote. Instead of freely going out of the chimney, the particles stick to the chimney flue wall and form an extremely combustible compound.
Too much build-up of this in the chimney flue can easily start a chimney fire and can even explode in severe cases. But there is hope! You can clear your mind and relax freely this winter if you have your chimney inspected and cleaned during the warmer months.