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5.5" round Poly brush for titanium chimney - where to buy?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by NewtownPA, Sep 8, 2008.

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  1. NewtownPA

    NewtownPA New Member

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    I've been having a hard time finding a 5.5" round Poly chimney brush for a titanium chimney. Anyone know where to buy this unusual size? Would it be feasable to buy a 6" brush and use wire cutters to snip 1/4 inch off the ends of the poly bristles?

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  2. polaris

    polaris Feeling the Heat

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    Titanium? I learn new stuff here all the time. If you don't mind me asking......... just how much is a titanium chimney per ft.?
  3. Todd

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    I've looked high and far for a 5.5 brush with no luck. I ended up cutting down a 6" brush.
  4. woodconvert

    woodconvert Minister of Fire

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    Yeah...stainless is bad enough. I've never even seen titanium chimney sections.
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    Mmaul Minister of Fire

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    Very curious as well, Titanium?
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    bartlett920 New Member

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    Watch your chimney people have been stealing catalytic converters off of cars because titanium prices are so high! True Story!!! Where do you live again? :smirk:
  7. NewtownPA

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    It's standard 316Ti ("titanium-steel") chimney liner not solid titanium. 316Ti (UNS S31635) is a titanium stabilized version of Type 316 molybdenum-bearing austenitic stainless steel. The Type 316 alloys are more resistant to general corrosion and pitting/crevice corrosion than the conventional chromium-nickel austenitic stainless steels such as Type 304.


    Anyway, I bought it from Rockford as a kit:
    http://www.chimneylinerinc.com/

    So yeah, looks like I'm going to have to buy a 6" and cut it down to 5.5".
  8. Corey

    Corey Minister of Fire

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    Are you sure they didn't sneak you a '316 Ti" stainless liner and just call it 'titanium' (hope they didn't charge a bunch extra)

    http://www.azom.com/details.asp?ArticleID=2868

    With that said, even a 6" brush was tight in my 6" liner if you did get one to work, it might easily be a one way trip (you'd never get the bristles to reverse direction inside the flue) The thought of clipping all those bristles made me cringe - but I did have good success running it for a few seconds on a belt sander to shave a bit off the tips.

    -PS - fast typer! I see you've already got the Ti sorted out.
  9. struggle

    struggle Minister of Fire

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    Same boat as you last year. I bought a 6" poly brush and spent some time cutting it down to size with side dikes. It took some time but works fine. No way would a 6" brush worked for me.
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    What are "side dikes"?
  11. Hogwildz

    Hogwildz Minister of Fire

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    Dykes are a hand tool that cuts wires. etc. Can be had at any local hardware store or box store.
    Ignore the "click to enlarge".

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  12. Pine Knot

    Pine Knot Member

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    Short for Diaignal Cutting Pliers I think. My 6 inch S/S liner ended up a little oblong rather than round after installation which makes it diffucult to get a 6 inch wire brush through it. Do the poly brushes work easier?
  13. polaris

    polaris Feeling the Heat

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    I thought it was poor idea to use steel brushes on on ss chimneys to begin with.
  14. struggle

    struggle Minister of Fire

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    Thanks for covering that question for me Hog :p While I am at it you don't happen to have any towers laying around in pieces or some copper laying around from some work you might have done around your state in Pa. :vampire: Seems there is a radio tower missing in your state on the news I read.
  15. Hogwildz

    Hogwildz Minister of Fire

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    I have some copper slides left from my roofing days working on slate roofs.
    I have no tower, wish I did, steel is like $17.00 per 100 lbs here at the scrap yard.
  16. Hogwildz

    Hogwildz Minister of Fire

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    Ok fuggers, here ya go, don't say I never found something no one else has. ;)
    5-1/2" poly brushes, they will custom make anything you want.
    http://www.caseybrush.com/custom_polyclean.html

    And for the last GD time, steel or poly, both work fine, I'll stick with steel.
  17. Todd

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    Way to go Hog! :)
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    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    Indeed we are, especially during initial break-in fires.

    fugnoun. Stale air, esp. the humid, warm, ill-smelling air of a crowded room, kitchen, etc.

    Rick
  19. RedRanger

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    Last year when I went looking for a 5" poly brush I had no luck with the hardware stores. On the other hand both the Regency and the PE dealers had them. Have you tried a fireplace dealer near you?
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    Same here. Only took five minutes or so... probably shoulda cut a little more off, it's still a tight fit. But that liner comes out CLEAN!

    Eddy
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