What does Creosote Smell Like?

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Richard Little asked 2 years ago

What does Creosote Smell Like?

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Fred Jackman Staff answered 2 years ago

Creosote is a natural byproduct of wood combustion. It’s made up of condensed tar and the chemicals that are released when wood burns. A musty, earthy smell can be common for your chimney if it hasn’t been cleaned in awhile or doesn’t have an effective cleaning system installed to prevent creosote buildup on a regular basis.

Creosote has a sweet, pungent smell. It’s very similar to the smell of burning wood in your fireplace or around your home when you are slow-cooking meats on a grill. If you’ve ever burned leaves outside and can still remember that distinct scent (or if it makes you nauseous), then chances are you are aware of the smell creosote can give off.