It is an “And” rather than a Vs., folks – Chimney Sweeping Logs AND a Chimney Sweep.

Chimney Sweeping Logs are accepted by the CSIA, as stated on their website – but, only when used in accordance with the manufacturer’s direction (CSIA – CSL).

The purpose of the CSL is to reduce the amount of creosote within the fireplace flue system and ideally improve the efficiency of the heating a home, when utilizing the fireplace. While the packaging of the CSL will include the stamp of approval by the CSIA, you will also find the package states, “Regular chimney inspections are always recommended.” The stamp of approval from the CSIA, and the message that follows is an extension of the message which communicates the importance of the annual chimney sweep – knowledge is responsibility folks!

Furthermore, as anyone may conclude, and what seems quite obvious, is that those chimney sweep logs serve a great purpose, but are not a chimney sweep who will be informing you of the condition, functionality, and ultimately, the safety of your fireplace-chimney. The CSL does not replace the sweep, but is best utilized in addition to the chimney sweep.

Brick + Ember Outfitters ensures that their Chimney Sweeps are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America, so that you are being educated, equipped, and empowered to make the very best decisions regarding your chimney and the safety of those in your homes.

We’ll keep this one short and sweet, so in final – the CSL are a great additive to assist in the reduction of creosote and fireplace efficiency, but “these three elements are necessary to ensure a safe and properly functioning chimney:

  1. A complete chimney inspection by a qualified professional [at least once annually]
  2. Performance of necessary chimney repairs by a qualified professional
  3. The mechanical sweeping of the chimney of the chimney and the removal of creosote and other potentially hazardous material by a professional chimney sweep” (CSIA – Necessary Elements to Proper Chimney Function)

Brick + Ember Outfitters is committed to educating, equipping, and therefore empowering its homeowners toward a growing peace of mind, when it comes to the chimney and masonry needs of our cities. Any questions or concerns related to your chimney or masonry work, please do not hesitate to reach out!