How often should my chimney be cleaned?
It is recommended that chimneys be inspected once a year by a professional chimney sweep and cleaned if needed.
I have heard many "rules of thumb" that can help gauge how dirty a chimney probably is. Some are:
1. If you burn every day in the winter, sweep every year; if you burn every other day, sweep every other year, and so on.
2. Sweep after every two cords of oak firewood (every cord for a wood burning stove or insert).
3. Sweep every 200 fires (every 100 fires for a wood burning stove or insert).
Really, while these rules of thumb might help you have a feel for how dirty your chimney is, the correct rule is given above: inspect once a year by a professional chimney sweep and clean if needed.
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