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Posted By JCass,
Nov 22, 2012 at 5:24 PM
Is there any damage that can be done by sweeping your chimney?
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.
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...
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.
What about your installation makes you worry about doing damage? Does it appear to be a difficult chimney to sweep? Ovalized liner? Bends?
If it's a tough situation or you are uncomfortable with a standard brush and rods, maybe a soot eater would be something that could work for you.
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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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?
I have a ~15ft SS flex liner run down an exterior chimney. My main concern is separating the junctions within the SS liner.
Burn clean dry wood and use a poly brush. Should be ok.
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.