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The Ultimate Chimney Cleaning Quiz
by Staff
You should have your chimney cleaned regularly to prevent chimney fires and house fires. If you want to save on professional chimney cleaning costs, try cleaning your own chimney. It' important, however, that you clean your chimney using an appropriate method. Take this quiz and learn how you can clean your own chimney safely.

What substance needs to be removed when you clean a chimney?

  • soot and dust
  • creosote
  • both of the above

When should you clean a wood burning fireplace?

  • at the end of every season
  • at the beginning of every season
  • every month

What is creosote?

  • chimney dust
  • a flammable substance
  • a harmless by-product of burning wood

What is the spark arrestor on a chimney?

  • It prevents sparks from flying out of the chimney.
  • It prevents animals from getting into the chimney.
  • both of the above

How do you clean a gas fireplace?

  • Vacuum the fireplace.
  • Brush the burners and pilot.
  • both of the above

Why is it important that gas fire logs be placed in a certain position?

  • for esthetic appeal
  • to prevent carbon buildup
  • to prevent soot and dust

What is the most important tool needed for cleaning a chimney?

  • a chimney vacuum
  • a wire chimney brush
  • a chimney scrapper

Why do most people prefer the top down rod method for cleaning chimneys?

  • It's the easiest.
  • It results in the least amount of cleanup.
  • It does the best job.

Why should you consider the bottom up rod method for cleaning chimneys?

  • It does the best job.
  • It's safer than the top down method.
  • both of the above

Which of the following chimney cleaning methods is messy?

  • the bottom up rod method
  • the dual line method
  • both of the above