Chimney fire threat grows with wet wood

From The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Thursday, February 4, 2010:

Check your chimney or have someone else do it.

Charlie Whitaker, who has cleaned chimneys for 25 years, sent me three photos of chimneys he cleaned this week.

During his career in Fairbanks, Whitaker has peered into 10,000 chimneys, but never has he seen a bigger problem with creosote. 

He believes this is largely a function of people burning wet wood and failing to check their chimneys. 

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