How to remove creosote from a fireplace

Creosote is a brown or black tar material adhering to the walls, the tube and the home of a fireplace. Over time, this can increase and become a fire hazard. Cleaning your fireplace at least once a year helps remove creosote and prevent sudden fires.

When cleaning your fireplace, it is important to remove as much of creosote as you can with brush for fireplaces. Chemicals cleaning, scanning the records creosote, help prevent this form is then adequate cleaning.


  1. Buy a brush that fits the chimney barrel. You can find them at most hardware stores and home improvement stores. Consult the fireplace manufacturer’s manual to determine the size of the barrel. You will also need a weight of 15 to 20 pounds (6, 08 to 9 kilograms) and rope. The weight should fit through the fireplace without cracking the tiles.
  2. Seal the home with a cloth and tape. Close the gate to catch the creosote and soot falling. Close all doors and windows to reduce airflow while cleaning. Wear protective gloves and an air mask when cleaning to avoid injury.
  3. Get on the roof. Adhere the brush and weight to the end of the rope. The weight helps to move the brush through the fireplace when cleaning. Move it up and down on each side of the fireplace. Lower the rope a bit more while removing the creosote. Use a flashlight to make sure the fireplace is clean. Return home to clean the remains of creosote and soot fallen.
  4. Remove the cloth and place it under the hatch. Open or remove the gate slowly. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove creosote and soot from home and surrounding areas. Wear protective gloves and an air mask when cleaning.
  5. Uses a chemical cleaner such as chimney sweep or liquid log, to reduce creosote buildup after cleaning. The chemicals cover the chimney walls with an acid that breaks down the creosote particles. Chemical cleaners remove small amounts of creosote and do not replace chimney cleaners. You can find these cleaners at most home improvement stores and in stores.

Tips & Warnings:

  • Fiberglass or metal cleaning rollers used by professional chimney cleaners are available to consumers as an alternative to rope. Clean your chimney at least once a year to avoid creosote buildup. Conducts weekly check-ups to determine the rapidity of creosote formation on the chimney walls. Clean it more often, depending on your use.
  • Hire a professional chimney cleaner if you cannot do it properly. Accumulation of creosote can cause a fire in your home and contaminate the air, which can cause illness.