How to Clean Your Chimney if You Burn Artificial Logs
Many of us with wood-burning fireplaces have discovered the convenience and ease of artificial logs. They are easy, quick and relatively inexpensive, and the ashes are fairly easy to clean up. But, you should be diligent about an annual chimney cleaning to prevent a dangerous and highly flammable buildup of creosote. eHow.com says, "Cleaning a chimney is very important to home safety. Every chimney should be cleaned out regularly to avoid starting a fire at home. Cleaning a chimney is especially important when using artificial logs, because these logs are made from wood chips and other similar materials that burn very hot when compared to regular wood fires or gas fires. The buildup of creosote and soot should be similar to regular wood logs, but the hotter fire can create a fire hazard faster." Here are their step-by-step instructions for cleaning your chimney if you use artificial logs.