Are you prepared?
One of the most important considerations is making sure your chimney is in working order. It’s designed to handle a certain amount of heat – the temperatures of flue gasses. What it’s not designed for is having fires like a chimney fire. So make sure it’s cleaned and inspected before use.
Dried and baked on creosote is actually a fuel. All it takes is a spark to ignite the creosote causing a chimney fire to ignite. Having your chimney cleaned minimizes the chance of having a chimney fire.
source: chimney safety institute of america