Please take caution! We are all very eager to get rid of the extra wood that has been created from Hurricane Sandy. That wood must be seasoned. Freshly fallen firewood can contain as much as 50% water content and won’t burn in your fireplace.
What to do:
Clean your chimney at the beginning and at the end of the season! If you have to choose between the two, before the season is best in case animals have created nests inside the chimney. It is always best to hire a professional to avoid injuries and liability. Professional chimney cleaners have the right tools and experience to clean the deposits out and minimize injury (Make sure that they are licensed and insured!)
Before burning wood, make sure that the wood is seasoned -DRY!
Never burn painted or stained wood! This includes weatherproofed, and any other treated wood. It can be toxic and cancerous to your health and unsafe for the environment.
Did you know that gas logs also can cause a creosote buildup? It’s not as often but you still will need to check and clean your chimney.