Glazed Creosote Is Removed Quickly & Effectively & Safety Is Restored With Poultice Creosote Remover (PCR)

As a company run by career firefighters and built on the tradition of fire prevention, we do everything within our power to get rid of dangerous creosote deposits. Creosote is a natural byproduct that’s produced when wood burns incompletely, but it’s highly flammable and very dangerous — especially in large amounts. If it’s not removed through regular chimney sweepings, this deposit can actually build up and glaze over, getting harder, stickier, and even more difficult to remove over time.

The image is before PCR is applied to clean the creosote.

Before PCR

During PCR

During PCR

After PCR cleaning you can actually see the clay flue.

After PCR


What Are The Signs Of Creosote & What Should You Look For?

This black, tacky substance can be difficult to see without sticking your head up into the fireplace, but our team of Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified chimney professionals provide thorough chimney inspections and can let you know if creosote buildup is a problem in your chimney. Of course, sometimes creosote flakes off and falls down into your fireplace, so you may spot it that way.

Your nose may also alert you to a creosote problem. When temperatures are warm and humid, that heat and moisture mixes with creosote and can waft creosote odors down into your home through your fireplace. While chimney deodorizers, baking soda, and kitty litter can help with the smell, they don’t eliminate the problem or the danger. The best course of action is to have the creosote removed before it sparks a chimney fire or damages the interior of your chimney and fireplace.

Why Is PCR The Best Creosote Removal Product?

While there are many chemical options for removing creosote, we’re proud to use the safest and most effective product out there: Poultice Creosote Remover (PCR). This product is free of noxious odors (which means you can breathe easy in your home during removal) and effectively removes even 3rd degree glazed creosote, which is the toughest, tackiest creosote out there.

PCR works quickly, and once it’s applied, it starts breaking down the creosote and absorbing it into itself. The chemical process that occurs removes the sticky or tacky quality of the creosote, which makes it possible for the creosote to simply flake off with the PCR once the product dries. From there, we simply remove the creosote from your home and sweep the chimney to get rid of any remaining residue.

How To Keep Creosote From Building Up In Your Fireplace & Chimney

Wondering what you can do to prevent creosote in the future? Creosote is a result of incomplete combustion, so you can greatly reduce the amount of creosote deposited in your chimney and fireplace by:

  • only burning wood that’s been seasoned/dried for at least a year
  • warming up your flue before lighting a fire by sticking lit newspaper up into the chimney
  • making sure your chimney is free of blockages and that there’s adequate draft and makeup air
  • avoiding building fires that are too big for your fireplace

If you’d like more tips on creosote prevention or you need to schedule an appointment to have your chimney cleaned of this nasty and highly flammable deposit, call Traditions Chimney Sweeps at 240-801-5626 or request an appointment online. We’re here to make fire prevention simple and effective for you and your family!


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