Fire safety tips for operating your fireplace

Chimney Soot Image - Hillsborough NH - Black Moose Chimney and StoveChimneys bring their owners warmth and coziness year-round, but if they’re neglected for long, they can have quite the opposite effect. The good news is that by following the following safety tips, any fireplace owner can make their investment safe for the long haul.

Tip #1: Check for Chimney Deposits

Chimney deposits are residue left over from the flames in your fireplace, although there are a variety of states, they appear most commonly as Soot, Creosote, and Glaze. Soot, a carbon-based texture that appears black or brown in color generally, is the most harmless of these deposits. Creosote usually begins as smoke, but ends up as a curly, flaky, and sometimes bubbly deposit. Finally, Glaze takes the form of a tarry substance that drips down chimneys, which make formations that look like black icicles. Due to the denseness of the substance, Glaze is the most difficult type of deposit to remove for fireplace owners.

Hiring a chimney sweep is the best prevention and solution for Chimney Deposits. Over the course of the chimney sweeping and inspection, a Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified professional will survey, document, and provide a report on the condition of your chimney.

Tip #2: Determine Your Best Level of Inspection

As a fireplace owner, you’re constantly in the know about your chimney’s appearance, but you may need an expert’s set of eyes to spot deeper issues that your fireplace faces. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has delegated three levels of chimney inspections. Each level has a specific purpose and it is important for fireplace owners to be aware of the options they have when they request the services of a professional chimney sweep.

A basic Level 1 inspection can be implemented if there are no major underlying issues suspected by chimney owners. Level 1 inspection consists of visual inspection of all easily accessible areas of the fireplace system. Level 2 inspections are recommended when there are changes in chimney ownership, system efficiency, or appliance. If a major weather event or chimney fire has affected your system, then a Level 2 inspection is the way to go, especially if you are considering selling or buying a property. Level 2 Inspections incorporate careful video and picture scanning, a 66-point inspection, and a formal report. Level 3 inspections are only performed if a Level 2 inspection is not enough to determine the full amount of damage to the chimney. During a Level 3 inspection, a technician may remove parts of the system in order to pinpoint the source of any chimney problems.

Tip #3: Enlist an Expert for Fireplace Restoration

Your fireplace may be damaged due to weather conditions or previous ownership, but that is by no means the end of the road for your system. It’s not too late to take action: contact a CSIA and NFPA-certified technician to restore your fireplace and rebuild your firebox.

According to the CSIA, you can avoid chimney fires, carbon monoxide poisoning, and other hazardous incidents by investing in a profession CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep. As a fireplace owner you can prepare for the worst when you: 1) Check for Chimney Deposits, 2) Determine Your Level of Inspection, and 3) Enlist an Expert for Fireplace Restoration. By taking these tips to heart, fireplace owners can make sure that their fireplace is operating at peak performance all-day, every day.

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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)