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Broke Pellet/Lint Brush in My Chimney

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by The Other One, Feb 22, 2013.

  1. The Other One

    The Other One New Member

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    I just broke my pellet/lint brush in my exhaust pipe. Luckily, enough of it was sticking out to remove. Something to keep in mind. It never occurred to me that this would happen.

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  2. PoolGuyinCT

    PoolGuyinCT Feeling the Heat

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    I understand the lint eater is preferred over the soot eater amongst the masses.

    I see that the soot eater is less likely to sheer, as the surface area is far less than the liner eater brush.

    I was going to pop on the lint eater brush, but I will stick with the soot eater for OP's experience.
  3. Xena

    Xena Minister of Fire

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    I use three sections connected together to clean my 15 ft vertical run.
    If it ever snapped inside I'd prob have to ask my brother to pull the
    chimney cap and push something (another brush) down the stack to
    get the brush out. Hoping it never happens. Glad you got it out.
  4. Lake Girl

    Lake Girl Minister of Fire

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    The advantage of a short horizontal run. Glad you recovered the brush...
  5. VTrider

    VTrider Member

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    This has been one of my worst case scenarios anxieties. My stove is located in the basement and although running the pellet brush through the exhaust pipe is basically a piece of cake (only around 4 or 5 feet with a couple of elbows) - it connects to my 6" 25 foot liner through the chimney. I annually clean my chimney myself using a 6" poly brush and about 8 sections of 3' fiberglass rods from the top of the roof - pushing down.

    Now I know anyone here who sweeps their own chimney has had that thought of 'how would I get the brush out if one of the rods snapped half way down?'. Luckily for me, this hasn't happen (yet) in the 8 seasons i've been doing this, but as Xena pointed out - I guess pushing another brush down from above would do the trick? Since this thread brought the topic up, i'm just curious as to how other members would (or have) dealt with this type of situation?
  6. Xena

    Xena Minister of Fire

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    It might be a good idea to connect a safety line to the brush since
    that is what most likely would get stuck.
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  7. teetah222

    teetah222 Feeling the Heat

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    For my once a year usage, I'll stick with my lint eater. I only have one short section of 45 degree angled piping, the rest is all vertical. Only reason I'd anticipate losing any of my brush is if I got stupid and unscrewed it halfway up inside the pipe. :)
  8. stoveguy2esw

    stoveguy2esw Minister of Fire

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    yep, i did that;em accidentally reversed my cordless (absent minded as i can be sometimes) and te brush unscrewed while in the pipe. had to take a few sections apart to get it out, my arm wouldn't fit in the pipe to pull it out

    love my "lint eater" though, i recommend it to people every time someone asks about brushes. great product!
  9. whlago

    whlago Feeling the Heat

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    Ouch! !!! I could see how this could easily happen...not even an abesentminded thing....
  10. gbreda

    gbreda Minister of Fire

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    I use the lint eater but I dont attach to a drill. Just run it repeatedly through the piping from the cleanout T and then from the short horizontal starting from outside. This way, I can start it from inside at the T and attach a few lengths as needed. No worries of snapping or unscrewing.
  11. Wooden Head

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    I have 2, 90 degree elbows in my pipe. My lint brush won't pass by the first elbow. Have tried turning with a drill, still won't pass. Seems the flex plastic rod won't make the turn. Any Ideas?
  12. ekarlis

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    Hey Guys:
    Just some info. I clean my flue in mid season (Jan). While cleaning with 5 foot rods that screw together, one came apart
    & droped to the bottom of my 25ft - 4" flue. I took a string with a nail & droped it down the flue. Went in the basement &
    reached thru the tee & tied the string. I was able to pull it up. Now I tape each connection w/aluminum tape.
    Stay Warm
  13. Evan_J

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    I second the tape idea. Our insert liner is 26 feet long and I clean it with a soot eater. One of my fears has always been getting distracted by one of the kids, dogs or whatever and reversing the drill and unscrewing parts inside the liner. I use strips of duct tape on each of the screw joints on the soot eater. It probably adds 5 to 10 minutes to the process, but the peace of mind is worth it.
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  14. DirtyDave

    DirtyDave Feeling the Heat

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    I buy the cheap lint brush thats 20' thru amazon, has a flexable shaft thats sorta pastic/nylon but very weak. If I get carried away in a hurry I snap the junky thing at the 12' mark normally. Gonna oreder a real vent brush and rods next time.
  15. SwineFlue

    SwineFlue Minister of Fire

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    Lowe's has an "Imperial" pellet stove pipe brush with a very flexible shaft, unlike the straight semi-rigid Linteater rods. In fact the 48" shaft comes coiled up in a small plastic bag. It should easily make 90 bends, but it might be too floppy to daisy-chain several together.
  16. Ejectr

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    What I would do in your case is tie an adequate length of clothesline rope to the end of the brush to reach the bottom when the brush is just at the top of the chimney.. Drop the rope down the chimney and then push the brush through. If it ever breaks off the poles, you can always pull it through with the rope at the other end.

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