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To understand the damage done to chimneys by smoke, fire, and
creosote, take science courses-particularly chemistry classes. In
chemistry class, you'll learn more about the chemical reactions
from fireplaces, such as carbon monoxide, that can cause illness
and death if not contained. You may also be working with some
chemicals to break down creosote glaze. With a clear understanding
of the chemistry involved, you can easily explain problems to
customers and stress the importance of chimney sweeping and
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