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cleaning lightweight s/s flex pipe liner for first time (newmember)

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by steffes, Oct 10, 2006.

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  1. steffes

    steffes New Member

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    hi, i live in ohio and purchased my pacific insert stove and s/s flexpipe kit in ontario and installed it myself a couple years ago and now need to clean it for the first time--i know, i prob should've done it last year but didn't. the store was out of the 6" poly brushes, which they recommend, so i still need to get a brush and possibly sectional rods, but have a few questions to those who may have already learned the best way to do this. first a little history about my setup:

    although the 20' roll of lightweight pipe only cost ~$300, i believe it might be 316ti--but not sure. at first i thought it was aluminum because it was so lightweight, but when they told me to try and crush it with my hands, i was convinced it must be s/s because i couldn't squish it at all! anyhow, i had to cut out an opening in the top of the steel heatilator (smoke shelf rusted through was part of the reason i decided to line my 13" x 13" clay tile flue) in order to fit the 6" flex pipe through the damper opening and remove the le mance damper mounted on top of the chimney. as you'd imagine, i had to curve the flex pipe a bit before i could connect it to the top of my stove after feeding it down about 15' from the top of the chimney and trimmed off the excess before capping it off.

    although the manufacturer says i should remove the stove and pipe from the fireplace to clean & inspect, it also says if this is not possible, i can remove the baffle assembly and insulation (around baffle) to gain access to the flue outlet--well, it's possible, but not convenient!. Enough history, now for the questions.

    1. i anticipate trouble pushing the 6" poly brush down from the roof past the curve near the stove--has anyone found it easier to drop a rope/weight down, then "pull" the brush back up from the top of the chimney?

    2. if i do get the rods and push brush down, should i get the 3/8" fiberglass ones -or- the 1/4" nylon ones which may be more flexible around curves?

    3. are all 6" round poly brushes about the same, or have any of you found one brand/type better than others?

    4. how about rods? are they all about the same too?

    any input/guidance is greatly appreciated--thanks in advance

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  2. steffes

    steffes New Member

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    please, any assistance about cleaning a flexible flue liner would be greatly appreciated!
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  4. elkimmeg

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    As I see it you have two choices one pull the stove and clean the liner a lot of work and not convient to do so or you definetly need a poly brush it is abit more flexible and forgiving when it comes to navigating an ark. I do nok know how flexible the rods are and if enough to traverse your bend. Most polly brushes have an eye loop to tie on a rope. Which seems to be the best solution I would tie a rope long enough for both directions should it get stuck and one needs to reverse directions to get it out. one can use the poles for you straight run and rope pull the last few feet. Good luck and lets know how you made out be carefull on the roof and ladders
  5. steffes

    steffes New Member

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    thanks warren and elkimmeg for your inputs.

    anyone out there have any tips/insight on what type/size/brand of rods or 6" poly brush to buy?
  6. elkimmeg

    elkimmeg Guest

    Tip the brushes have the eye loop only on one end Purchas a screw in eye loop in the shaft connector then you can have a rope attached on both sides of that brush. you can the pull it down and return pull the chimney can get brushed twice in that opperation.
    Plus if it gets stuck going one way you have the other rope attached as means to reverse it
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