/ Actual cost of firewood #191
- Jan 18, 2015
- Central Ohio
- Gravely ZT HD 60, MF GC2400
Are you burning mostly Fir?
Well my neighbor just had a 'chimney fire'. He said that the wood was real dry but I know that it was all 'crap wood', like spruce or balsom.
Well he had so much creosote build up that the flue ignited and as a result the rafters caught fire and the damage is so extensive that I believe his house might be a total loss. All his exposed rafters are charred, the metal roofing was ripped up by the firefighters and the insulation totally soaked. Even the fireman's water ran down the walls and the siding is water bulged.
Naturally he never had the flue swept either.
The downside is as luck would have it the firefighters only took 20 mins to respond thus the building is still standing along with their carnage, (they love to chop and hack, don't they)
With winter totally set in and the fact that first thing they did was cut the hydro power his entire water system is now totally shot from plumbing to water tank and pumping system.
My comments to him was that hopefully the insurance would be able to declare it a total loss.
Sad as they really did a nice job to update a questionable DIY cottage.
(I know that cottage well as the previous owner asked me to do some additions which I refused to do as I honestly believed he would have thrown good $$ after a bad situation. (I could go on))
Moral is if you burn wood, know what you are doing. Sweep often or burn hot* but get rid of that creosote as it can cost you your house.
*occasional 'hot' can actually burn off creosote under controlled conditions. (been there done that LOL)