How much do you really know about fireplaces and chimneys? Sometimes what we think we know isn't exactly true! Which of these commonly held opinions are correct and which ones are just myths?
Myth or Truth: Stay away from burning pine; it creates creosote buildup in your chimney.
While this myth may be as old as fire itself, several recent studies have concluded that while pine and other soft woods contain more sap than other types of wood, hardwoods like oak could create more creosote than pine and softwoods. The reason is that if the softwoods are dry, they create a hotter, more intense fire from the sap. The draft created by the hotter fire moves the air up and out the chimney more quickly.