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Chimney brush ?'s

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by suprz, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. Hogwildz

    Hogwildz Minister of Fire

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    After seeing the same question posted several times a year for the last 6 years, Some would think folks would actually do a search on the topic.
    When you been here a while, and actually contributed something other than trolling the pot, then we can talk.
    Some of us not only spend time on here reading, but try to read through real issues to help folks.
    Some even actually give their time to help others in the field.
    Others come for a few months, then move along.
    If you want to debate me about this, please PM me so I can privately tell you to go F yourself.


    Back on topic:
    Each has their own preference.
    Some manufacturers spec poly, others say either is fine.
    I called Simpson back when, before they merged, and the informative tech there said steel was perfectly acceptable.
    I have used both, and jumped on the poly kick a couple seasons ago, but will say, the poly does clean ok, but seems to me the steel cleans better. Maybe if they made the poly with more bristles like a steel brush has for more cleaning area.
    This year it was very damp out, and the crap inside was moist with dampness, the poly just does not have the brush to pipe surface coverage that the steel has. Spinning and brushing does help, but just seems the lesser surface contact the poly gives, does not get as much as the steel does.
    Of course this is in my set up. Everyone's mileage may vary.

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  2. Hogwildz

    Hogwildz Minister of Fire

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    Bag, if your remove the tubes, do yourself a favor and note where each one was, and how it was facing. Wouldn't hurt to take a few pics for reference before removing them.
  3. Wildo

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    Sometimes searching for something doesn't work for crap. It gets old quick when you get no results over and over or one half of the answer. I personally have very bad luck searching here and on the net. I guess I don't know how to word things backwards enough so a computer understands me.:( Note: Most of my next few upcoming threads will be repetitive since I couldn't find the desired info by searching. Any of you with a good memory that can link me up are always appreciated.
  4. Hogwildz

    Hogwildz Minister of Fire

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    Ask away, and ask as many times as you need. It took me a few times in the beginning to grasp some things(just me).
    There are a few topics that truly are beat to death.
    Cat vs non cat
    Steel vs poly being the top two.
    Seems to me, topics like these two, and maybe a few others, should be made sticky... HINT HINT Mods!
    And yes, the search has given me troubles at times.
    Poly vs steel is just not the end of the world decision.
    By all means, ask what you need to know or are curious to know as many times as you need.
    I did it when I first came around. Probably tooooo many times. But I eventually got what I was looking for or needed.
    Wildo likes this.
  5. etiger2007

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    Who cares dude, some noobs use these question to interact with the vets of this site, remember what you told me " If you dont like it dont read it".
  6. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Everybody rest.

    A lot of "pro" sweeps use steel brushes on flex liners and shouldn't do it. The problem with them is as you use them small pieces of the wire break off the ends and can stay in the liner setting up corrosion in the corrugations. I, like Hog who has a solid pipe, not flex have seen my steel brush do a better job in my flex liners. But don't do it anymore because I want them to be in my will.
  7. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Don't know about other stoves but that is really important with the Englanders. Each tube aims the holes at a different angle. They put them in the manual if you screw it up. But for the best burn put them right back the way they came out.

    Don't ask how I know. ;em
  8. bag of hammers

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    Thanks guys. Yes, I believe these tubes have different sized holes - probably be bad to mix things up. Good suggestions....
  9. bag of hammers

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    Thanks guys. Yes, I believe these tubes have different sized holes - probably be bad to mix things up. Good suggestions....
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    Me too.

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