That was my original post from a few years ago. I was asking about a loose damper this time. But I appreciate the reply.
Generally speaking, fireplaces burn hot enough with a straight up chimney that they need little cleaning, but it wouldn't hurt since your a new owner. Like someone said before sometimes birds have a habit of building nests in top of chimneys. If you use good dry wood shouldn't have any problems.
The damper in my chimney is operated by a lever at the top of the firebox. I believe it's called a throat-style damper from what I've read on the interwebs. The damper has become loose so it's either closed or wide open. It won't hold in a partially closed position. Is there a way to tighten that up or do they just wear out? Figured I'd ask here before I start digging around and get covered in soot.
As an avid wood burner, I understand this sentiment. However, this should be modified to read "DO NOT burn pine if it isn't properly cured." Pine is fine to burn, as long as it is good and dry. All woods should be properly cured before burning, but wet pine is what will give you fits.
Seriously, I use my fireplace 2-3 times a week October through April and my chimney is clean. I know because I check it every year and in the 10 years we've been in the house, have yet to need a cleaning. I don't burn cardboard, limit newspaper for starting, and only burn popple, birch, oak, & walnut. DO NOT burn pine.
Depending on how cold the winter is, plus I can tell by the draw will dictate how many times I clean my stove pipe over the winter but I do clean it around the end of Sept every year to make sure nothing has made a nest in there.