The cold has officially crept in (in central Indiana, anyway) and before you head out to your local hardware store for fireplace and chimney supplies we thought it was a good time to talk to you for a minute about the chimney & fireplace products accepted by CSIA for home use. But first, I think it’s important to mention that earning the “CSIA Accepted” is not a meaningless designation or a deceitful marketing ploy by companies who happened to have a few extra dollars lying around. In fact, we are extremely picky about who gets to use the CSIA logo on their product packaging. To earn this designation, a product must meet all three of the following requirements:
- The product must be related to the Hearth, Sweeping, or Chimney industry. (this one is obvious)
- Where applicable, the product must be tested and listed to a nationally recognized performance standard, including, but not limited to applicable standards from organizations such as ANSI, ASTM, UL, CSA. (not so obvious, but very important)
- Product should meet nationally recognized standards for product safety. If the product has been the subject of a recall and/or public warning, the applicant must provide CSIA with sufficient documentation explaining the nature of the recall and/or warning and the corrective action taken by the manufacturer.
At this moment there are a total of three products that have been able to meet all three of these requirements! Like I said, we’re kind of picky about this sort of thing.
Here’s the current list of items you can feel safe adding to your shopping list this winter:
- CSL (Creosote Sweeping Log) – It’s safe to say that no inanimate object placed in your firebox can ever substitute for for an annual chimney inspected conducted by a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep, but, when used as instructed, we think this little guy works pretty well at helping to reduce the risk of a future chimney fire.
- Duraflame Firelogs – These have been around for a long time and you’ve likely seen them if you’ve ever been shopping for pre-packaged logs. You can feel comfortable firing up these bad boys in your fire place, maybe even after burning a Creosote Sweeping Log (and an annual inspection!) at the start of the season.
- ChimFex (chimney fire extinguisher) – So, lets say for some reason you haven’t followed any of our advice regarding chimney safety and your chimney catches fire (it happens); that’s where ChimFex steps in (you still want to call the fire department though, just to be safe!) Also, be sure to head to their website for instructions if you pick one of these up.
Happy Holidays (and burn safe!)