Chimney Sweep Questions and Answers
Chimney Cleaning Frequency
How often should I have my chimney cleaned?
The standard answer here is to clean a chimney as often as it needs it! However, to be a little more precise...
When a chimney has a buildup of 1/4 inch of soot or creosote, then it is time to clean it. If a fireplace or stove is used each year-even if only a few times at Thanksgiving or Christmas - then it should be checked each year. If it's dirty (1/4 inch thick fluffy, furry-looking smoke residue), clean it. If it is used only a couple of times a year, then it will not likely need cleaning for several years. However, doing at least an inspection of a chimney each year is recommended in order to keep up with maintaining a safe heating environment.