Holy Smoke, Inc. Keeps Dunsmuir Homeowners Protected From Harmful Creosote

Creosote buildup is the leading cause of chimney fires, which is why regular chimney sweepings are such an important investment. We’ve swept chimneys in Dunsmuir, Shasta Retreat, Castle Crag, Mott, Contara, Dirigo, Azalea, Pierce, Castella, Sweetbriar, Signal Butte, Happy Camp, Grenada, Etna, McCloud, Conant, and more, and we’d be happy to tackle yours, too!

If you own a wood-burning fireplace, stove, or insert, then one thing to be aware of is creosote buildup. What is creosote? Well, as you burn wood, fumes and byproducts from your fires go up through your chimney, where they then cool and condense. The resulting residue that sticks to your inner walls is what we refer to as creosote.

Creosote is black or dark brown, and it can be light and flaky, sticky and tar-textured, or hard, glazed, and glossy (this is known as stage 3 creosote, and it’s the most difficult to remove). It’s also highly flammable, which means the more you have of it, the higher your chances are of experiencing a chimney fire – which is why sweeps urge homeowners to take care of it promptly.

What Are Chimney Fires?

What exactly is a chimney fire? Well, this is what happens when byproducts in the chimney ignite and flames snake their way up your flue, causing a lot of harmful damage along the way. Your masonry is strong and durable, but it’s simply not built to withstand the high temperatures created during a chimney fire (they’re typically around 2000 degrees F). That means your bricks will crack, your mortar will crumble, and your metal components will become warped and damaged.

What’s even more alarming is that the majority of chimney fires occur quietly, so homeowners won’t even know they’ve experienced one! As you can imagine, putting your system to use after an event of this nature is a big no-no, but some do so anyway, simply because they’re unaware they’re facing any risks.

This is a big reason why annual inspections are so encouraged in the chimney industry. You never know what hidden dangers might be present in your flue. And getting a trained professional on the job is imperative. Fortunately, for folks in Siskiyou County, our Certified Chimney Professionals would be happy to help.

We’ve been to homes on Gleaves Avenue, Isgrigg Street, Forest Lane, Deer Haven Drive, Simpson Avenue, Shasta Avenue, Needham Avenue, Hart Avenue, Gill Avenue, Filben Avenue, Taylor Avenue, Wells Avenue, Holly Street, Caldwell Avenue, Pinewood Road, Timber Drive, Scarlet Way, Cave Avenue, Siskiyou Avenue, River Avenue, Castle Avenue, Vista Street, Rose Avenue, and countless roads surrounding, ensuring families are getting the best chimney care possible. If you live nearby, make us your trusted team for it all!

Our Services Are Comprehensive

We strive to do everything we can to keep your fireplace and chimney running better. Be sure to turn to us for the following chimney & fireplace services, so you stay better protected with every season:

We also offer gutter cleaning and dryer vent services! Don’t waste time calling multiple companies – make us your one-stop shop for it all.

Our Reliable & Friendly Crew Is Ready for Your Call

If it’s time for your chimney sweeping, don’t wait to give us a call. Homeowners in Howard, Shasta Springs, Mount Shasta, Yreka, Fort Jones, Weed, Montague, and many areas close by have been relying on us for over four decades, and we’d love you to join them by trusting in us for all things chimney.

Reach out at 530-285-3841 now to get your next appointment on the books.


Do you live in Yreka? Then you can get all the professional services we offer throughout our service area, including dryer vent services and gutter cleaning.