Your home’s fireplace is the perfect place to cozy up at night, especially when there’s cooler weather in the forecast. However, there are some things you need to understand when it comes to choosing the right material to burn. Unfortunately, not everything is meant to be burnt in your fireplace, including charcoal. However, some people do, and it’s obvious during sweeps. So Chimney Champions feels it necessary to revisit four reasons why you shouldn’t burn charcoal in your fireplace.

Why You Shouldn't Burn Charcoal in Your Fireplace

1. Toxic Emissions

Charcoal is known to release high levels of carbon monoxide, which can be fatal. Your fireplace might be properly ventilated, but the air filters in your home won’t remove all of the toxic emissions. Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, so you won’t even know if you’re inhaling it. It’s simply not worth the risk.

2. Creosote Buildup

Burning charcoal in your fireplace can also lead to excessive creosote buildup. When creosote accumulates, it can cause a chimney fire. This is extremely dangerous and can cause significant damage to your home. A clean chimney is a safe chimney, so it’s best to avoid burning any materials that can lead to creosote buildup.

3. Acidic Ash

Charcoal produces acidic ash, which can be harmful to the mortar and brick in your fireplace. If you burn charcoal, it can cause your fireplace to deteriorate quickly, which can damage other parts of your home. While it may not cause immediate damage, the long-term effects of burning charcoal in your fireplace can be costly and difficult to repair.

4. Inefficient Heating

Charcoal is not an efficient fuel source for heating your home. It doesn’t produce enough heat to make a difference in your home’s overall temperature, and most of its heat goes straight up the chimney. If you aim to heat your home efficiently, you’re better off burning wood, which is a much more efficient fuel source.

Burn the Right Materials to Keep Your Fireplace Clean

Burning charcoal in your fireplace might seem like a good idea, but the reality is that it’s a bad choice. That’s why your chimney sweeps from Chimney Champions recommend burning dry, hard woods like hickory or maple. Does your chimney need an inspection or repair? Schedule your appointment with our team in Jacksonville, FL, today at (904) 268-7200. Our goal is to make sure your fireplace keeps you safe and warm!