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Cleaning stove - rookie

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by NYLife, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. NYLife

    NYLife Burning Hunk

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    Should I wait till their is no hot coal in order to clean it? Is it ok if I clean the pipe from the bottom up instead of climbing on the roof

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  2. My Oslo heats my home

    My Oslo heats my home Minister of Fire

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    No and yes. Coals are ok when cleaning the ash, it's what you do with it after you move it is what is cause for concern. Bottom up is much safer if you can do it, no need to climb up there if you don't have to. My only concern when my sweeper comes is what buildup I may have near the top of the flue, where it's the coolest.
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  3. pen

    pen There are some who call me...mod. Staff Member

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    Is this a masonry or stainless chimney? If you are using a poly brush, you certainly want nothing more than small coals left in the stove. If that chimney pipe is too hot, you'd be leaving your brush in it as you work.

    Cleaning from the bottom up is fine, but if it's not too difficult to clean from the roof, I do recommend from the top down. Reason is, the majority of the accumulations are generally on the cap and the top few feet of the chimney. Without getting up there and seeing exactly what is there, it's hard to tell how clean things really are.

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  4. NYLife

    NYLife Burning Hunk

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    It's stainless steel. I guess I'm going on the roof to clean it once the pipe gets nice and cool. What about the pipe that goes out the wall outside ? Should I clean that and how thanks for your feedback. I appreciate it
  5. webby3650

    webby3650 Master of Fire

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    So, it sounds like you have a T system? all the pipe needs cleaned, including the stove pipe inside. It will need to be taken apart and cleaned, at this time you can run the broom through the thimble. The only issue with cleaning it from the bottom up is that you might not get the cap cleaned, or worse yet, push all the junk up into the cap.

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