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6 week sweep of chimney

Post in 'Classic Wood Stove Forums (prior to approx. 1993)' started by BobUrban, Jan 22, 2012.

  1. BobUrban

    BobUrban Minister of Fire

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    Here is what I got out of my 18' of chimney after 6 weeks of rather steady burning. I would like less but I am not displeased considering the stove. My wood is 90+% great with a couple splits that sizzle a bit. Most has been seasoned two years or more. Stove is a VC Defiant.

    First year with the stove and I cleaned after 2, 4 and now 6 weeks. Looks worse in the photos than it really is but there is some crud build up. Most of the pipe is just grey/brown dusty stuff but at the cap I always get the black shiny bad stuff. I clean from the bottom up and bang on the cap a bit to shake some of the bad stuff loose before I pull the brush back down. Here are some photos of my cleanout.

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  2. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Not too bad Bob. Not too bad. The six week cycle seems about right with that accumulation.
  3. BobUrban

    BobUrban Minister of Fire

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    Thanks BB - I kept extending the interval to see how it was burning but due to the long shoulder we have had I really just began cranking her up. I was burning a lot at under 400 but now I get it past 4-500 cruising temps so I imagine I will do better on the next sweep at the end of February. I also throw a scoop of Rutlands in every week or so on a hot coal bed during a reload and let it burn free for a 1/2hr or so with a watchful eye. There are mixed reviews on the stuff but as cheap as it is I like the little peace of mind it affords. I do have more brown powder and less black and shiny since using it but that also could be attributed to hotter burning and better perfromance in the cold weather. Either way, I always feel safer after a sweep. I can actually go a week or two without wondering what is going on up in there.

    On the clean up note - is it common(especially with my style of stove) to have some black and shiny in the very top and cap area? I am guessing yes but would like to hear what others are experiencing? I use my binos and look up at the cap once a week or so and there is some blackness and a couple small stalagetites up there but never any serious build up regarding the openings or air flow. When I get to the top with the bruch and bonk the cap a few times I can hear it falling into the box I have taped at the bottom that my brush rod is going through.

    Bob Urban
  4. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Happens with any stove Bob. Cold air blowing over the cap makes the stuff stick.
  5. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Love the duct tape cuff Bob. "If the women don't find ya handsome, at least they'll find ya handy!"
  6. Vanskills

    Vanskills New Member

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    I clean my chimney every weekend, takes me all of 5 minutes, no big deal
  7. perchin

    perchin Member

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    Hmmpppfff... I only sweep mine out at the end of each season... I don't often have much more than that though. Its about 32ft of 8"
  8. Grannyknot

    Grannyknot New Member

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    Not too bad Bob. I clean a similar length system once a month and get around the same amount. Probably not as good of fuel as you have though.
    Mind telling us what sort of brushes you use? Looks very clean.

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