Where there is a chimney, there is creosote. This black, tar-like residue is an inevitable byproduct of wood burning. Creosote builds up in the chimney flue over time, so it is important that it be cleaned and removed regularly. The substance is highly combustible and could potentially lead to dangerous flue fires.

First and second-degree creosote is a powdery substance that can be brushed clean with a professional chimney sweep. However, third-degree creosote develops into a hard glaze that cannot be removed with even the highest quality brush. A rotary head with chains is capable of removing the creosote, but that method is dangerous and can damage the flue itself. In fact, when homeowners are faced with this problem, many opt to simply remove the flue liner rather than attempt to remove the glaze itself.

Poultice Creosote Remover is a fairly new product that helps get rid of the headaches of third-degree creosote. This chemical product produced by Saver Systems safely and effectively removes the glaze with little inconvenience. When applied, Poultice Creosote Remover dissolves and absorbs the creosote, breaking down its strict adhesion to the sides of the flue. Most of the creosote then falls down from the flue, and any remainder can easily be brushed off with a normal sweep.

This revolutionary product eliminates the necessity of other, more dangerous and destructive removal methods. It is certainly a great help to chimney owners and chimney sweeps. However, third-degree creosote build-up should be avoided, if possible, in the first place. Regular chimney maintenance and cleaning can help prevent extreme build-up and is critical for every chimney owner.

Chimney & Masonry Outfitter can provide regular maintenance for your fireplace and chimney. Our professionals can remove creosote build-up, of any degree, particularly with the help of Poultice Creosote Remover. Call today to set up a regular maintenance schedule.