Chimney cleaning explained

  • Free-standing gas stove

    A free-standing gas stove. Can be vented up a masonry chimney or has its own insulated chimney system.
  • Free-standing pellet stove.

    A free-standing pellet stove. Can be vented up a masonry chimney or has its own insulated chimney system.
  • Free-standing wood stove.

    A free-standing wood stove. Can be vented up a masonry chimney or has its own insulated chimney system.
  • Gas fireplace insert.

    A fireplace that has fake logs that is fueled by natural gas. It is inserted into an existing masonry fireplace.
  • Gas log set.

    This is a set of fake logs that uses natural gas for flames. It is placed in an open masonry fireplace.
  • Pellet stove insert.

    This is a stove that is fueled by wood pellets. It is inserted into an existing masonry fireplace.
  • Wood stove insert.

    A wood stove that is inserted into an existing masonry fireplace.

Chimneys can be a bit of mystery for people, so here are some basics:

  • There are masonry chimneys built of brick, block, stone or a combination thereof.  An open fireplace chimney built with cultured stone has a pre-fabricated fireplace system within it.
  • There are free-standing stoves and stoves that can be inserted into existing fireplaces that are fueled by wood, gas or wood pellets.
  • There are gas log sets that are placed into an existing open fireplace and are fueled with gas. These are fake logs.
Chimney constructed with bricks.

Brick chimney

Class A chimney. All-fuel chimney system.

Insulated chimney

Cinderblock chimney.

Block chimney

Pre-fabricated fireplace chimney (Built with sheet metal)

Chimney constructed with real stones.

Stone chimney

Chimneys are cleaned with fiberglass rods and brushes that screw onto the rods. There a various sizes of brushes for various sizes of chimney flues and pipes. A chimney flue is the passage the smoke exits out of. Chimneys can be cleaned from the top down, or the bottom up, depending upon chimney configuration. A skilled chimney sweep knows how to set up the job in any given situation so that soot does not enter the room during sweep procedure. A skilled an knowledgeable chimney sweep will be able to detect and report any issues with the chimney system and submit a written safety inspection report. Missing rain caps, worn or missing damper, loose brick, worn mortar joints, missing or improperly installed chimney flashing, etc., are a few of the several items a sweep inspects to write up the 29-point safety inspection report.