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Posted By Ronald,
Nov 23, 2009 at 9:36 PM
Has anyone ever heard of burning a soda can in stove to break up creosote in flue pipe?
There are all sorts of off the wall "recipes" of that sort, ranging from assorted home brew chemicals, to special "creosote eating logs" or "magic flue powders" that are supposed to attack creosote in a chimney and get rid of it. Very little evidence that any actually work, and some may be harmful... In the case of the soda can, I suspect the real benefit comes from the simple fact that a fire hot enough to burn a can will also be hot enough to burn off a lot of the creosote (at the risk of a chimney fire...)
It should definitely NOT be done in any stove with a catalytic element in it, unless you plan on buying a new cat...
Bottom line is, that while it may help, I wouldn't count on it... The ONLY known and proven way to get rid of creosote is the basic one of getting in with a brush and mechanically scrubbing it off...