Preparing Your Chimney for a Visit from Santa Claus

chimney swift removal & chimney sweep in Newbury NHThe chances of an actual Santa Claus visiting your home and sliding down your chimney on Christmas Eve this year are pretty slim. But if you take care of your chimney with the idea that Santa will, in fact, visit, you’ll be doing the exact things necessary to ensure a very safe and high-performing chimney.

Here’s how to get your chimney ready for Santa just in case.

Remove obstructions

Santa’s not getting any smaller as the decades pass, so give him a smooth path down the flue by having all obstructions removed. Nests made by birds, squirrels, snakes, rodents and similar varmints along with leaves and twigs from trees and other debris can stack up inside a chimney and hinder not only Santa but also the proper drafting of smoke and dangerous toxins out of your fireplace.

Clean the flue

If your fireplace burns wood, you’ll want to schedule service with a certified chimney sweep to clean creosote out of your chimney.

Creosote is formed every time a wood fire burns, and it doesn’t take long for a sufficient amount of this sticky substance to build up to a level that it could erupt into a serious chimney fire. Plus, Santa doesn’t need a bunch of gooey brown junk all over his snazzy outfit.

Chimney Masonry Repair in Concord NHInspections and Repairs

Santa is big, and chimneys are narrow. He may have to do a lot of squeezing and pushing to get down into your house, and that could cause damage to already compromised bricks and mortar. A certified chimney inspector will look closely at your masonry, and if there are cracks or crumbling areas, he or she will initiate repairs to strengthen the structure. Leaky chimneys are a big problem, but professional services can repair any kind of leak before significant water damage happens.

Go easy on the smoke

If you’ll be burning a low fire come Christmas Eve, you’ll want to make it as un-smoky as possible. It wouldn’t be nice to make Santa breathe huge billows of smoke as he shimmies down the chimney. (How Santa can go down a chimney with the fireplace burning is one of life’s mysteries that’s best to not try to figure out.)



Tips for burning fires safely and with less smoke:

  • Use only dry (seasoned) wood. Wet wood makes a lot of smoke.
  • Keep the chimney clean so there will be plenty of air for drafting.
  • Never burn anything except wood – don’t use lighter fluid, charcoal starter, cardboard, furnishings, plastic, packing material or anything else in your fireplace.
  • Make sure your fireplace damper works correctly and is fully open when burning a fire.

Here we talked about getting your chimney ready for a visit from Santa. But any time of year is the right time to perform smart chimney maintenance and service. Just think of Santa coming down your chimney, and you’ll keep your chimney clean and safe all year long.

Black Moose Chimney & Stove of Antrim, NH, is here to make sure you have a safe, Santa-friendly chimney. Call us at (603) 525-7905 for certified chimney sweep, chimney inspection and chimney repair services.


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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)