Don’t Burn Santa’s Coat: How to Properly Remove Ashes

Christmas is the most popular time of year for fireplaces across the country—in warm and cold climates. It’s the hearth’s time to shine, providing warmth and ambiance to holiday festivities, and becoming a beautiful backdrop for family photos. The fireplace can bring an element of joy to your Christmas, and it’s also the very entrance of Santa Claus himself! Take care to make sure the chimney and fireplace are ready for the big day and Santa.

Cleaning Ashes from the Fireplace

Fireplace ash removal in Keene NHIf your chimney is like most, it can become filled with ash, wood chips, and dust in no time at all. The best way to remove ashes is to do it when the fire is out. Use gloves and a shovel with a long handle because ashes and coals can stay warm for hours or days after the fire is extinguished. You should put the ashes into an appropriate metal bucket and remove from the house so that they don’t continue to smolder and you don’t breathe in the particles.

Your fireplace may have an ash dump. If this is the case, push the ashes through the door in the firebox and clean up the remaining ashes and dust using a vacuum cleaner. This system is easy for homeowners, and the ash dump can be professionally cleaned as needed.

Cleaning the Chimney

Homeowners often attempt to clean their chimney, but it isn’t recommended. The best use of your time and money is to hire a professional. Here at Black Moose Chimney & Stove, we strive to keep our customers safe and warm—and we do our best for Santa as well. When you schedule a chimney sweep with Black Moose [], your certified chimney sweep will:

  • -Use drop cloths and air filtration to keep everything clean
  • -Clean your flue from top to bottom (For masonry-lined flues, we will video scan your flue after cleaning)
  • -Remove and inspect your stove pipe connector
  • -Clean, service, and check your stove or insert
  • -Take multiple digital pictures to ensure everything is well documented
  • -Provide you with a report at the end of the condition of your chimney

We want our customers and neighbors in New Hampshire to stay safe, through the holidays and all winter long. If you aren’t experienced and with the appropriate tools, you may put your health and your home in danger by attempting to clean your own chimney system. Leave it up to the professionals. We won’t disappoint, and we won’t leave a dirty chimney for Santa’s big day.

Schedule routine services like chimney sweeps and annual inspections to improve the performance of your fireplace. Black Moose offers chimney sweeps, inspections, repairs, and installations year-round. For added safety this holiday season, remember safe fire practices. Call Black Moose for questions or concerns.

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John RantaJohn Ranta
17:01 22 Mar 24
They arrived on time, worked quickly and showed me the results. Prfessional throughout. jr
william greenwilliam green
23:21 14 Mar 24
Really helped me out can't say enough good things highly recommend!!!! The young man that came to my home was very knowledgeable and friendly great attitude all around answered all my questions and left me stress free best of all left no mess.🤙🏻🤙🏻
Michael Dell'OrtoMichael Dell'Orto
18:39 14 Mar 24
Jaime ConleyJaime Conley
17:13 14 Mar 24
Sarah GilliattSarah Gilliatt
01:46 13 Mar 24
A very thorough and careful job done! Thank you.
Larry CookLarry Cook
15:11 07 Mar 24
I wanted to give 5 stars but they are very busy which meant I had a good wait for both the inspection/cleaning, then for a quote on repairs and then for the repairs. Their prices seemed a little high to me but I have nothing to compare with as they were highly recommended by someone I trust and other companies had plenty of negatives reviews which kept me from getting additional quotes. I am happy with the work and they promptly returned to fix a mistake that had been made. Chris the inspector, Jennifer in the office, and Alex and his repair crew were all pleasant and took the time to answer all of my questions. Alex and his crew even took their shoes off (it was winter) before entering my house without even being asked! So if you are not in a rush and want to ensure you chimney is as safe as possible then I think you'll be happy with Black Moose.
Rebecca DeFuscoRebecca DeFusco
22:35 21 Feb 24
After a recent sweep of our chimney, it was discovered that our flue tiles were cracked. Black Moose techs were hard working, detail oriented and professional! Nice jobs guys! See you next year for my cleaning!
Karen CKaren C
14:52 14 Feb 24
Excellent I highly recommend Black Moose Chimney and Stove; Kelly and Liam are awesome, they did a great job. Extremely professional, arrived early, went through everything with a fine tooth comb ensuring pellet stove was thoroughly cleaned. They also were respectful of my home, conscientious and cleaned up after themselves. Made sure stove worked prior to leaving and told me to call promptly if anything came up afterward. Will definitely use them again.
Denise ClarkDenise Clark
16:32 31 Jan 24
We've had Black Moose clean our chimney for a number of years.But recently, we had an emergency situation at our home involving our chimney & oil furnace flue, which was caked full of soot from a malfunctioning furnace. They came & cleaned out both flues in no time, even going up on the roof with snow on it! They cleaned up after their work in the interior rooms where the oil furnace and the woodstove are located. Great work. Reasonable prices. Very nice people. You can't go wrong with Black Moose.
Joe GJoe G
18:30 24 Jan 24
Goods: The technicians know their business, very efficient in cleaning/inspection along with cleaning up after the 'dirty work'.Others: Communications could be more effective. Despite early coordination about scope of work (multiple flues within same chimney) the estimate provided did not reflect this and the final invoice was significantly more than the estimate provided.Quote for follow-on chimney relining was significantly more than that offered by other companies in the area (and far more than neighbors experienced for similar work accomplished by other companies)