How often should my chimney be cleaned and inspected?
The National Fire Protection Association recommends an annual cleaning and inspection of all wood burning appliances. However, in our experience, it really all depends on the frequency of use, burning practices and the appliance type.
If you use your fireplace or wood stove as a heating appliance, an annual cleaning is the minimum. If you use your fireplace only at holidays, it may not need to be checked every year. The best idea is to contact a professional chimney sweep to evaluate your specific circumstances.