Fireplaces and wood-stoves 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 and creosote condensation occurs. If the combination of soot and creosote is allowed to accumulate, it may ignite and a chimney fire can occur. The temperature of this fire (up to 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 is necessary to ensure the safety and performance reasons. A1 Home Improvements provides the necessary services to keep your system in optimal condition at all times.