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Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by linnye, Jan 5, 2006.
Do these chimney sweeping logs work and can you use them in a woodstove with baffles or not?
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yes they work. but if you read the directions you use it and have small fires after for two weeks then clean the chimney as usual. not good if your a 24/7 burner. what to do is use it at the end of the season all by it self. make it the last fire you put in the stove fo the season. it will give about 1 to 1.5 hours of heat from the stove and then it will smoke for 1 to 3 hours. don't use it on a windy day or night if your stove tends to backpuff. the smell from these logs if it backpuffs you'll know it. it kind of smells like rotten eggs. did it once on a windy day. (yuck) what happens is the log only being by itself does not produce much heat so the chimney doesn't draft all that well and a wind comes by and blows it back into the house. before using it go up and look at your chimney. then use the log. after two or three weeks go look at the chimney again you'll see the difference. it dries up any creosote and makes it very easy to sweep.
This being the key. They do not replace sweeping, but can make it easier to sweep.