Fireplace and chimney care is serious business, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun now and then. We’ve got some fireplace and chimney riddles you can use to quiz your friends when you’re reminding them to book their annual inspection.

Can You Guess the Answer?

woman questioning with lightbulb and question marks around herI can keep you warm, but I’m not a scarf
I’m often made of brick or stone, but I’m not a wall
I contain logs, but I’m not a forest
I’m found beneath a chimney, but I’m not Santa

Answer: Fireplace

As experts in chimneys and fireplaces, Ashbusters Chimney Service is here to help you solve any riddles your fireplace or chimney might throw at you.

I must eat to live
I must breathe to live
The more I eat, the stronger I get
The more oxygen I get, the stronger I am
But if I drink I will die
What am I?

Answer: Fire

Fire is a powerful thing that can provide warmth, light, and comfort when it is properly burned in a well-maintained fireplace. Fire is also capable of destroying property and even taking life if it is mishandled. Ashbusters Chimney Service wants you to enjoy the many benefits that fire can bring to a family by providing all the services you need to keep your system well-maintained.

When wood is burned, smoke rises up the flue
But to the inside walls I cling – a sooty residue
If not cleaned out, I gather ever higher
I’m flammable and dangerous – act quick or I’ll catch on fire

Answer: Creosote

Creosote is a byproduct of wood-burning that collects on the inside of your chimney, and if not regularly removed, it can become a dangerous risk to your home. How? Creosote is a combustible substance that can easily cause chimney fires. Ashbusters Chimney Service is fully equipped to sweep and inspect your chimney allowing you peace of mind to enjoy your fireplace to the fullest.

I act like a hat, but I’m not on a head
I don’t let things in, but out instead
I guard against rain, leaves, wind, and snow
I give free passage to rising smoke

Answer: Chimney Cap

The chimney cap is an important part of your chimney. It keeps out critters, rain, snow, downdrafts, and debris, while letting smoke naturally rise up and outside where it belongs. Let Ashbusters Chimney Service make sure your chimney cap is in good shape and doing its job the way it’s supposed to.

Some believe I guard against flying witches
To most I’m hidden and unseen
And to some I don’t exist at all

Answer: Witches Crook

Many chimneys have a slight bend in them known as a witches crook. This bend is typically put there because the fireplace is in a part of the house that isn’t directly below the ideal place to put the chimney. It’s called a witches crook because of old legends – they claimed the bend was a way to keep witches from being able to fly down your chimney.

masonry chimney viewed from the ground upI reside in the throat, but have no voice
I can help fuel your fires or make them die instead
What am I?

Answer: Throat Damper

A throat damper sits above the firebox in your fireplace and is able to open and close. When the fireplace is in use, the damper is open allowing the fire to breathe and smoke to escape. When the fireplace is not in use the damper is closed blocking outside drafts and sealing in warmth.

It is important to make sure that your damper is in good working order. A damper that is stuck in one position or another can be dangerous, restricting airflow and causing inefficiencies in your home’s heating and cooling.

What can go up a chimney down, but can’t go down a chimney up?

Answer: An Umbrella

Think about it… If an umbrella is all folded up it could go up (or down, really) a chimney pretty easily. But open that umbrella up and you’ll find the task a lot more challenging. We haven’t come across any umbrellas stuck in chimneys (not yet, at least), but if your flue is filled with dirt, soot, birds’ nests, creosote deposits, and the like, be sure to book a sweeping and inspection with us.

I am an expert in my field
I am clean and professional
I am always safe
I’m expertly trained and highly qualified

Answer: An Ashbusters Chimney Services’ chimney sweep

At Ashbusters, we are client-obsessed. Your home matters to us. Your comfort and well being matters to us. Your ability to enjoy your fireplace matters to us. That is why we are Milwaukee’s go-to team for premier chimney and venting care.

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Certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), Ashbusters provides our customers with clean and professional workmanship at all times. If you need care, we want to be there for you, so don’t hesitate to call us whenever your fireplace or chimney throws a difficult riddle your way.

Call 414-377-7450 or request an appointment online today.