The firebox – The firebox is the area of your fireplace or wood stove that you put the wood in. As the name implies, it is where the fire happens. There is usually some ash and creosote in the firebox that needs to the brushed out to ensure a properly burning fireplace or woodstove.
The damper frame and blade – The damper is the part of the fireplace or wood stove that you open before starting a fire and close when no longer in use.
The smoke chamber – The smoke chamber is the area just above the damper of the fireplace. It is the part of the chimney that connects the firebox to the chimney flue. Sometimes, the damper blade must be removed to access the chamber for removal of the creosote.
Connector pipes (wood stoves/furnaces) – The connector pipes connect your wood stove or furnace to the chimney system. Soot or creosote often builds up in the connector pipes due to flue gas condensing as a result of the loss of heat through the pipe and/or elbows in the pipe.
The chimney flue – The flue is the main exhaust pipe for your chimney. It is usually made from clay lining tiles, brick, or corrugated or smooth stainless steel. This area of the fireplace or chimney collects much of the soot or creosote during the burning process due to cooling of the flue gases as they rise through the flue.
In addition to the sweeping of the chimney/fireplace, an inspection of the system is done to ensure there are no defects in the chimney that may cause you problems when burning your fireplace/wood stove.
Does sweeping my chimney make a mess?
NO. Smoke Stacks Inc. cares about your house and belongings. As a professional chimney sweeping company, we go out of our way to keep your house clean while we perform our chimney sweeping service. We lay down drop cloths and use above industry-standard vacuums to protect the surrounding areas of the fireplace or wood stove.