Does a Gas Chimney Need Cleaning?

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[caption id="attachment_81" align="alignleft" width="300"] Chimney Safety Institute of America[/caption] Without a doubt! Although gas is generally a clean burning fuel, the chimney can become non-functional from bird nests or other debris blocking the flue. Modern furnaces can also cause many problems with the average flues intended to vent the older generation of furnaces. We suggest you check the areas on gas and carbon monoxide for more information. See more at: http://www.csia.org/about-csia/faq.aspx#5
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Annual Chimney Inspections

Annual Chimney Inspections

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Storks nesting in chimneys were once believed to bring good luck, according to European folklore. But, in fact, nests in chimneys - or blockages of any kind - are nothing short of bad news. They can cause smoking problems, chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. In 2005, there were 24,500 residential fires in the United States originating in chimneys, fireplaces and solid fuel appliances, according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. These fires resulted in 20 deaths and $126.1 million in property damage. (Click here for more stats.) Virtually all of these fires were preventable according to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), a non-profit institution dedicated to public and chimney professional education. Both CSIA and the National Fire Protection Association recommend yearly chimney inspections to help prevent…
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Chimney Mechanix Owner Interviewed by Green Bay Press Gazette

Chimney Mechanix Owner Interviewed by Green Bay Press Gazette

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[caption id="attachment_118" align="alignright" width="214"] Owner, Jasper Drengler[/caption] "Jasper Drengler, owner of Chimney Mechanix in Shawano, said a good rule of thumb is that a chimney needs cleaning if it is coated with more than an eighth of an inch of a creosote. One thing that causes thick creosote build-up is burning wet wood.... Owners of gas fire places are not out of the woods, though. Drengler said the most common misconception about gas fireplaces is that they do not produce creosote. "Over time, gas fireplaces can produce a beautiful yellow flame," Drengler said. "But this yellow flame is not efficient and burns dirtier than a blue flame." Animal nesting poses another hazard. It is not only flammable, but it also prevents smoke from  escaping from the top of the chimney..... Drengler, who is also vice president of the…
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