Fireplaces and woodstoves are designed to provide heat while safely containing a wood-fueled fire. The chimney exhausts smoke, tar fog, gases, water vapor and other by-products of combustion. As smoke flows up the relatively cooler chimney, soot/creosote condensation occurs. If the combustible soot/ creosote is allowed to accumulate, it can ignite and start a chimney fire. The extremely high temperature (nearing 2000 degrees) can damage the chimney and provide a pathway for flames to reach the combustible wood frame of the house. Regular maintenance and needed repair are necessary for fire safety and performance reasons. NWA Chimney Service can provide a number of these services to keep your system in optimal condition at all times.