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chimney sweeping damage

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by JCass, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. JCass

    JCass New Member

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    Is there any damage that can be done by sweeping your chimney?

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  2. PLAYS WITH FIRE

    PLAYS WITH FIRE Minister of Fire

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    If you push the brush too far and bust up you baffle.....mine has a bracket welded on to the collar so you can't and baffle is made of ceramic fiber.
  3. KaptJaq

    KaptJaq Minister of Fire

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    Aggressively using too stiff of a steel brush in a flexible stainless liner can cause rips or the seams to open. Maybe not the first or second time but eventually. Especially if the brush is too large for the liner.

    I use a nylon brush on my SS liners...

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  4. webby3650

    webby3650 Master of Fire

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    Yes you can cause some damage. Both the things mentioned above are probably the biggest concerns. We have a local chimney sweep we jokingly call Baffle Busters Chimney Service. I have had to replace a few, a few in Hearthstones and at least one Jotul.
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    pen There are some who call me...mod. Staff Member

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    Beer Belly Minister of Fire

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    uh oh....while cleaning mine this fall, I noticed about half way down my brush seemed to be a loose fit, and then tightened back up when I went down another foot or so.....I was thinking there may be a seperation somewhere in the middle, but thought ..."nah, how could that be"....and never shined a light down there to look due to all the ash filling the flue
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  8. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Short answer is yes. There are definitely several opportunities to mess up a chimney cleaning, and to mess up the house too. What type of chimney or liner do you have JCass?
  9. JCass

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    I have a ~15ft SS flex liner run down an exterior chimney. My main concern is separating the junctions within the SS liner.
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    Burn clean dry wood and use a poly brush. Should be ok.
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    bag of hammers Minister of Fire

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    poly brush - I also (now) make sure I remove the temp probe in the stove pipe first (don't laugh...)...
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    Sorry, couldn't help. Sounds like something I would do. ;lol

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