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Chimney Brush Questions

Post in 'The Gear' started by hack, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. hack

    hack New Member

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    Hey guys,

    Looking to get the supplies to sweep my stove pipe for the first time.

    My setup has 2 45's to create about 8 inches of offset above the stove to connect to 17' of class A. Access to the top of the chimney is good.

    I'm hoping to be able to sweep from the top down and through the two 45's to the stove. Is this feasable? If so, should I get 1/4" rod instead of 3/8"? Would 20' of 1/4 rod be too flexible to run the brush up and down? Do I want a poly brush for my stainless class A?

    Thanks in advance!

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  2. MasterMech

    MasterMech Guest

    You could always pull the brush from the bottom up via a rope. Dunno how that'll work with the 45's however. Yes to the poly brush on stainless.
  3. jatoxico

    jatoxico Minister of Fire

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    Has anyone ever suggested the Sooteater brush to you? A quick search here will yield a bunch of threads with good info. Might be something your interested in.
  4. brokenknee

    brokenknee Burning Hunk

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    The house I had when I lived in the cities had the two 45* off sets. The chimney was only about 14', I had no problem sweeping with the brush and rods from the top down. There is a little resistance when you hit the off sets put nothing major.
  5. WES999

    WES999 Minister of Fire

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    My stove pipe looks like this:
    I sweep from the top down, the brush goes through 45's without too much problem.
    My rods are 5/16 dia, I think I got them from HD.
    Use poly for stainless.
    Picture 143.jpg
  6. hack

    hack New Member

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    Thanks guys, The pic above looks like the same amount of offset I have. I guess I'll go with the standard 3/8's rod and see how it makes the bend. Anybody tried the 1/4 rod? Is it like pushing a rope? ;)

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