Why is creosote dangerous?

The reason you have to periodically clean out your chimney is because of the buildup of creosote. Creosote is the residue left behind when smoke rises up the narrow space in your chimney. The stages of creosote buildup are:

  • Stage 1: Creosote begins as a loose, flaky deposit that can be easily brushed away.
  • Stage 2: Creosote turns into a tar-like deposit which can be difficult to remove, often requiring specialized brushes or scrapers.
  • Stage 3: Creosote becomes hardened and is much more difficult to remove. It will also begin to drip like candle wax when it gets hot enough.
Creosote buildup is a danger to both you and your home. It has been known to cause irritated skin and eyes, as well as respiratory issues. It can even cause house fires.

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