I just got done with the monthly cleaning of the stovepipe on our coal and wood burning stove. I take the stove pipe apart and vacuum the soot out of the pipe and the chimney to increase the airflow through the danged apparatus. It's a dirty job, and inevitably some soot flake wafts onto the carpet or a couch, then I vacuum it up gingerly and, of course, I smudge it into the couch or carpet. Sheesh.
Ah, but the fire will glow warmly tonight!