The best strategy for chimney cleaning is to act quickly. They can use poles or brushes to remove the buildup. Creosote remover products are most effective when it is in the first or second degree stages. It is possible to remove hardened, glazed deposits with the help of a professional, but it may be difficult if they are very heavy.
Following are the main creosote remover types:
Creosote sweep logs: Similar to fire-starter logs but with heat-released chemicals, creosote logs reduce soot buildup on the chimney liner.. Sweeping logs can be used to dry out and dissolve any sticky residue that has built up during the first and second degrees of creosote. This will allow it to fall to your firebox. The wood ash can be used to sweep it up.
Liquids – Liquid Removers are often made with liquid manganese which helps to break down creosote. These liquids can be used on creosote deposits of the first and second degree. They are especially suitable for pellet stoves in which the pellets pass through a burner pan. The liquid is applied to the fuel (e.g. pellets, wood from a fireplace rack).
Powders-are used to clean fireplace logs. Powdered removers may be needed to soften and loosen glazed creosote in chimneys for professional cleaning.
It should be easy to use a good creosote removal product. The product should be able to remove the right amount of creosote and also help maintain a clean chimney.