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Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Johnpolk, Aug 7, 2013.

  1. Johnpolk

    Johnpolk Member

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    Hello, I lurk here a lot and enjoy the banter. I'm wondering what other people do when they sweep their chimney. I have an isle royale with a top flue. I've been brushing the chimney from above and letting the junk fall into the stove. Is this typical? Can that junk cause any problems? Reading other people's posts it sounded like there were places you don't want that stuff to fall into. Or is that different stove designs? Thanks

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  2. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Different stove and insert designs warrant different techniques. Some stoves have an easily removed baffle and others can be a bit of a hassle. And some, swing away.
  3. Beer Belly

    Beer Belly Minister of Fire

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    I do from the top down....give it a good scrub while turning the rods and brush right to make sure they don't unscrew. A lot here rave about "the Soot Eater", but I found out too late, and the Wife won't let me get one until I wear out the brush I have<>

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