What makes creosote?

Answer Creosote is a thick, tarry substance frequently used for treating wood for railroad ties and utility poles. Creosote can also build up inside of wood-burning stoves and fireplaces, where it causes ... Read More »

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What is an alternative to creosote?

Creosote is the most widely used wood preservative in the U.S. Both the wood-tar and coal-tar varieties are useful but dangerous, which is why some people consider alternatives. Chromated copper ar... Read More »

How do I Remove Creosote?

Creosote is the combination of wood chips, flying ash and the gases let out by the wood when it is burned. If your chimney is not properly ventilated, you will have creosote buildup on the chimney ... Read More »

Does creosote contain arsenic?

Creosote does not contain arsenic; they are two separate chemicals. They are often associated with each another because they are both used in conjunction with the pressure treatment of wood. To avo... Read More »

Is creosote legal in the UK?

Creosote, a preservative derived from coal tar, was banned in the UK in 2003. As of April 2003, a store may not sell creosote to a general consumer and as of June 2003, the general public is not a... Read More »