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Old 12-15-2008, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Kronenwetter, Wis
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Default Chimney Cleaning/Ashes

Minus 6 degrees here in WI tonight. Got the ole wood stove cranked up. How many of you guys/gals out there clean your own chimney? Heard a guy on radio the other day saying that if you have a metal chimney you shouldn't use a wire brush to clean it (like I have for years). The wire brush will scratch the chimney liner and rust will result. A Poly brush is best. I guess it makes sense. Also - you guys probably know this - I heard about it a couple years ago. Don't let your ashes pile up above grates - it will burn out and warp grates. Before I heard this I went thru at least 3 sets of grates, and they can be expensive. But accumulated ashes sure make a nice bed of coals.
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Old 12-15-2008, 07:32 PM
 
Location: some where maine
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every morning when you fill up your stove leter rore for a cpl min.it keeps it cleaned but this does not work with green wood.i have never cleand a chimney.if you dont let it build up you wont have a fire.
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Old 12-15-2008, 07:41 PM
 
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I clean mine. It's a tile lined masonry chimney I have a wire brush and a 25 foot fiberglass rod. It really never has much crap in it though. Like Ranger says just burn it hot once a day or so and you won't have a problem.
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Old 12-15-2008, 07:41 PM
 
Location: 43.55N 69.58W
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Open it up and let it fire up real good and hot.

My ex would clean it out in a rather peculiar way... he'd tie a rope around a piece of firewood and drop it down the chimney, swish it around - up and down. Then come in and clean up all the mess inside the stove.

I'm not sure how efficient that method was.
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Old 12-15-2008, 07:48 PM
 
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Open it up and let it fire up real good and hot.

My ex would clean it out in a rather peculiar way... he'd tie a rope around a piece of firewood and drop it down the chimney, swish it around - up and down. Then come in and clean up all the mess inside the stove.

I'm not sure how efficient that method was.
Old fashioned window weights on a rope work too. You just have to be careful you don't swing them and punch them through the liner.
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Old 12-15-2008, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I clean our stove pipe every summer.

I pull the stove pipe sections apart, take them outside and bang them on the ground.

Put them back together, and reapply stove black.

We burn green wood, peat or coal. Paper, cardboard, and woodchips soaked in WVO.
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Old 12-16-2008, 07:09 AM
 
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We have a stainless steel chimney that we clean with an 8'' round poly brush
and pushed up through the chimney with fiberglass rods. We do this every 2 years, and looking at the debris, it probably could go 3 or 4.
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Old 12-16-2008, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Virginia (soon Ellsworth)
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thank you guy on chimney cleaning, it would help chimney newbie to spend thire money wisely.
the recomendation have it clean before season start may be to exstream.
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Old 12-16-2008, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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I cleaned my chimney once when I bought the house 25 years ago. I have never cleaned it since. I just open the clean-out door, stick a mirror in there and look up at the sky. If you see a nice blue square your chimney is OK.
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Old 12-16-2008, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Virginia (soon Ellsworth)
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yankee engineuity, will suffer the least in this economic.

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I cleaned my chimney once when I bought the house 25 years ago. I have never cleaned it since. I just open the clean-out door, stick a mirror in there and look up at the sky. If you see a nice blue square your chimney is OK.
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