There is nothing quite as nice as a roaring fire on a chilly winter's evening. To enjoy this little luxury, however, you'll have to at some stage tackle the problem of cleaning your chimney. If you don't maintain your chimney, you will have an increased risk of chimney fire.
Here's a list of essential tools:
Chimney rod and brushes
Follow these steps to clean your chimney:
(Step1) Put a dust sheet in front of your fireplace
(Step 2) Check if your fireplace's has a damper fitted is so open it.
(Step 3) After assembling your rod and brushes, place the rod up the chimney and clean the inner walls with an up and down motion. Continue until you have worked the entire inner walls of the chimney. Now go outside and check for visual evidence of the brush at the top of the chimney pot.
(Step 4) Now clean up all the debris with your vacuum cleaner.
Clean out your fireplace at the onset of winter before you start using it regularly. You only need to do this once per year. You should, however, clean out the fireplace at least every couple of weeks.
After you have completed this job, you should clean your tools, especially your chimney rod and brushes. Use kerosene to remove all the debris. Then store your rod and brushes in a clean place, ready to be pulled out for next year's chimney cleaning project.