Advice on cleaning stove pipe and chimney...

albert1029 Posted By albert1029, Oct 4, 2013 at 12:55 AM

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  1. albert1029

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    I have an new insert with ss ribbed pipe running through terra-cotta lined chimney with pipe exiting through plate sealed to top...there is a slight offset above the firebox so the pipe is touching at some point....Had it cleaned before install but I didn't inspect the work afterward, pretty sure it needed it badly...my question is: Do I have to worry about a fire in the chimney if they guy didn't do a good job sweeping? Also, do I have to consider cleaning this space after some time even if it were cleaned well? I heard someone reference cleaning the pipe and the chimney...thanks...
     
  2. EatenByLimestone

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    If the chimney wasn't cleaned well it is possible that a fire could start. They would have to do a really bad job of cleaning the chimney though.

    When talking about the pipe and chimney they would be talking about stand alone stoves where there is a section of singlewall pipe that connects the stove to the chimney.

    Matt
     
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    It's really unlikely that you have anything to worry about. With the old flue sealed at the top and and at the bottom there shouldn't be enough oxygen available to sustain a fire anyway. I've never heard of this happening before.
     
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    Thanks for your replies...I thought it was odd to have to clean the chimney if you had a good pipe and yeah, I figured there may not be enough air in there for fuel....thanks for that, I had a chimney fire once and just wanted to be certain...I'll be cleaning my pipe from now on as added precaution...
     
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    The best way to avoid creosote accumulation in the liner is to burn fully seasoned wood with a moisture content of 20% or lower. Fully seasoned can mean 2-3 years after it has been split in stacked for some species like oak and hickory.
     
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    Begreen stated what I would have. Albert, just burn good wood and you won't have any sleepless nights.
     
  7. Heatsource

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    i have. always insulate the pipe for this and many other reasons :)
    all you need is an un insulated pipe and some stubborn glazey soot left in the old brick or terra cotta. the glazey stuff is very hard to remove sometimes w/o a hammer and chisel.
    seemed to be pretty intense, the glazed soot swelled up to several inches of expanded soot, and torched the ss top plate.
     
  8. albert1029

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    Thanks for your most recent replies. Since being a member here I'm 2 yrs ahead and have only bone dry wood for this year....A1Stoves speaks to my concerns and believe that would be the worst case scenario, but I don't think that's my situation...I'll be keeping a close eye and cleaning that stove pipe regularly anyway....cheers....
     
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