Bob Vila Radio: Quick Tips on Preventing Chimney Fires

Don't let the cozy fireplace be the place where the fire starts. Keep reading to learn the proper steps to avoiding a chimney fire.

A wood-burning stove or fireplace provides warmth and ambiance, but it also poses some risks. The most serious? Chimney fires. Here are a few tips on how to prevent them.

Preventing Chimney Fires




First, to avoid the buildup of flammable creosote in your chimney, try to build smaller, hotter fires. The reason is that larger, looser fires often burn less efficiently, producing more smoke and thus, creosote.

Second: Don’t ever toss wrapping paper, cardboard, or pruning debris into a fire, because any such highly combustible materials can spark a chimney fire if there’s enough creosote to support one.

Make it a habit to use only well-seasoned wood in your fireplace. That’s the most important thing, aside from remembering to call in the local chimney sweep every fall.

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