Creosote Problem? We’ll Take Care Of It Fast With PCR

We all want our fireplaces to work as efficiently and as safely as possible, but one thing that can significantly reduce the safety and efficiency of the system is the creosote. What is creosote? It’s a tar-like material that results when the smoke produced by the wood fuel in your fireplace or stove settles along the flue walls of the chimney system. As time goes on and you enjoy fire after fire, creosote continues to build up, layer upon layer, resulting in a thick, glazed, highly flammable form of creosote that can easily spark a raging chimney fire.

An 8" pipe filled with creosote It has a 3" opening that is not covered with creosote.

How Is Glazed Creosote Removed?

Because of its flammable and highly corrosive nature, creosote should be removed ASAP — but sometimes that’s easier said than done. Glazed creosote isn’t like other lighter creosote, in that it can’t simply be removed using sweeping tools and methods. Instead, this hardened creosote will need to be treated carefully with a creosote removal product that chemically breaks it down so it can be safely removed from the flue. Here at The Cinder Box, we use Poultice Creosote Remover (PCR), which is a product crafted for the sole purpose of breaking down third-degree creosote on chimney liners. Here’s how it works:

  • We apply the PCR to the creosote-covered surface and allow it to dry.
  • As the product dries, the creosote loses its adhesive properties and begins to flake and fall off.
  • We then go back through with our chimney sweeping tools and brush the surface, removing any remaining creosote and leaving the surface cleaner and safer.

Whether your creosote issues are in your smoke chamber or your chimney flue liner, with PCR, we can remove it quickly and effectively. And the best part is, PCR allows complete removal of even the toughest creosote, without compromising the safety of you and your family or the condition of the chimney system.

Call The Cinder Box Today For Fast & Effective Creosote Removal

Creosote is a dangerous and destructive substance, so don’t wait to have your system cleaned — call The Cinder Box at 317-442-8440 or use our online scheduling form to request your creosote removal service today! We’ll take care of it!


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