It’s that time of year. The weather is warming up, the humidity is starting to rise, and people are nearly done using their fireplaces for the year.  It’s that time of year when we start to get calls that start out with, “My fireplace smells smoky.”  What is that smell and what can be done about it?

A variety of things can cause that smoky smell to emanate from your fireplace or woodstove.  The most common cause is warm, humid weather creating dampness in the creosote, or flammable residue, that wood burning leaves behind. That moist creosote can cause a smoky odor to invade your living space.  Is there a solution?  Yes! Sweeping will remove the excess creosote deposits to reduce the source of the odor. Sweeping in the spring or summer has the added benefit of making you ready to confidently light your first fire when those balmy summer nights are over.

The National Fire Protection Agency recommends an annual sweeping and inspection of the chimney system1. Schedule today to help minimize the odors that are a byproduct of burning wood and be prepared to light a fire when the chill of fall arrives.

1 NFPA 211 Standard for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents, and Solid Fuel Burning Appliances