Unburned particles from incomplete combustion coat the inside of the chimney. This is called “creosote”, or “glazed creosote” due to the glassy coating it may have. This can be caused by such factors as improper stove or insert installation, burning wet wood, or not allowing enough oxygen into a stove or insert.
During a Chimney Fire
The creosote ignites and burns. Some-times the fire remains contained within the chimney; sometimes it does not.
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After a Chimney Fire
The burned glazed creosote has puffed out during combustion like a “snake” firework if you have ever seen one of those.
Once the puffed out creosote is removed you can see the damage the fire has done to the interior of the chimney. This is dangerous and we must replace the broken pieces or install a stainless steel liner.