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Do you need to sweep chimney for yearly cleaning?

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by md2002, May 11, 2013.

  1. md2002

    md2002 Member

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    Hello,

    I was going to buy a chimney sweeper and sweep the steel chimney for the pellet stove. My father in law tells me with a pellet stove there is no creosote so no need to sweep. I do everything else, but should I bother doing a chimney sweep?

    Thanks
    Mike

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  2. Hoot23

    Hoot23 Minister of Fire

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    Should clean the vent pipe at least once a year. Over time, ash and creosote can slowly build up blocking the vent which will lead to a whole mess of problems for you and your stove.
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  3. Cincinnati Kid

    Cincinnati Kid Feeling the Heat

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    If you are talking about your pipe, yes, you need to clean it every year. I just had my dealer come out and clean both my pipes at a cost of $232.00
  4. will711

    will711 Minister of Fire

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    There shouldn't be any creosote, but there will be some ash clean it out, the stove will be happier:)
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  5. Defiant

    Defiant Vermont Castings Geek

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    Absolutely clean it, should be done after every season, some of us do it a couple of times:cool:
  6. mainegeek

    mainegeek Member

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    I brush the pipe after every ton (when cleaning the burn area). I break down everything, sweep, and leaf blow in the spring when closing the stove. In between I just empty the ash pan

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