Chimneys can be a bit of mystery for people, so here are some basics:
- There are masonry chimneys built of brick, block, stone or a combination thereof. An open fireplace chimney built with cultured stone has a pre-fabricated fireplace system within it.
- There are free-standing stoves and stoves that can be inserted into existing fireplaces that are fueled by wood, gas or wood pellets.
- There are gas log sets that are placed into an existing open fireplace and are fueled with gas. These are fake logs.
Chimneys are cleaned with fiberglass rods and brushes that screw onto the rods. There a various sizes of brushes for various sizes of chimney flues and pipes. A chimney flue is the passage the smoke exits out of. Chimneys can be cleaned from the top down, or the bottom up, depending upon chimney configuration. A skilled chimney sweep knows how to set up the job in any given situation so that soot does not enter the room during sweep procedure. A skilled an knowledgeable chimney sweep will be able to detect and report any issues with the chimney system and submit a written safety inspection report. Missing rain caps, worn or missing damper, loose brick, worn mortar joints, missing or improperly installed chimney flashing, etc., are a few of the several items a sweep inspects to write up the 29-point safety inspection report.