If you're relying on your fireplace to keep warm this winter, but aren't using one of the neat clean burning pellet units, it's very likely that you've got a lot of ash and creosote buildup in your chimney. To keep your fireplace running smooth and efficiently, it's best to clean the fireplace chimney annually at a minimum. Leave it to the home improvement gurus at Charles & Hudson to show you how!
While many folks might leave fireplace and chimney cleaning to the professionals, Charles & Hudson has developed a great tutorial to demonstrate how to tackle this task on your own. You'll need goggles, a dust mask, a chimney brush, a shop vac and a plastic sheet and tape to seal off the fireplace from your home during the process. The basic process is remove all the fireplace and chimney components, seal off the fireplace from the house and use the chimney brush to loosen and remove all the dirt and dust, and the shop vac will suck out any remaining debris — the entire cleaning will take about 1-2 hours.
Get the full step-by-step instructions at Charles & Hudson!
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