The key to clean burning fire is making sure your wood is well seasoned. Keeping the rain and snow off stored wood by covering only the top will allow the sun and wind to help with the drying process. If your chimney has wire mesh around the rain cap it will need to be checked periodically for soot buildup which could contribute to poor draft and high levels of carbon monoxide. At Chemong Chimney we recommend cleaning your chimney and black smoke pipe at least once a year to help maintain a healthy chimney system. Carbon Monoxide detectors are recommended on every level of your home, clogged chimneys will set off carbon monoxide detectors before smoke alarms. New and old chimney systems should be inspected by certified WETT installers for signs of damage. Stove and FirePlace door gasket materials; loose or non existent will lead to uncontrolled burns which can then result in chimney fires. Chemong Chimney Ltd. can assist by providing you with the knowledge, experience and service to ensure years of enjoyment out of your wood burning appliances.