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Does Creosote destroyer work

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by EMSrusty24, Mar 17, 2014.

  1. EMSrusty24

    EMSrusty24 New Member

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    Hey guys been using the quad IR for a couple months now and I'm approaching the first chimney cleaning I've been using Meecos red devil creosote destroyer at least once per day and am wondering if you guys have used it and think it works at preventing or destroying buildup or if I'm just throwing money away buying it.

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  2. pen

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

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    If your wood is well seasoned, and you have a modern chimney setup (SS liner or Class A chimney) then I don't see the need for the stuff so long as you aren't forcing things to smoulder.

    In general, most reports I've read on the stuff have people claim that it makes tough to clean creosote (the bad kind that won't easily sweep out of a chimney, especially a masonry one) dry up and become easier to remove.

    In all, if your chimney cleans up well w/out using it, I don't see the need. Since it sounds like you've been using it all along, you won't be able to do a comparison w/out it.

    Let us know (pics of the dirty stuff are best) what you get out of that chimney sweeping, and what sort of chimney setup you have, how much wood and what species it is, how long it's been cut / split / stacked, and folks here can give you a good opinion on how your setup is stacking up against others in terms of what "normal" is.

    If things look good now, I think I'd run the next while w/out the stuff and then have a comparison.

    pen
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    bholler Minister of Fire

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    From what I have been told they are safe to use as long as they are not chloride or salt based products. The phosphate based ones are safe to use with stainless but if you have good wood and burn right there should be no need for them.
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    Cool good info I have about an 14' of double wall pipe and around 10' of SS chimney up top. I burn mainly poplar and oak both seasoned a year the oak about a 18 months.
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    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Just to fill in the gaps...the stuff is designed to chemically alter the gooey, yucky stuff into something more manageable. Basically it "dries" it up. It is NOT a replacement for brushing your stack - just an aid and only if you have the gooey stuff.
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    Thanks guys !
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    smokedragon Minister of Fire

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    I've never even looked at these products......does it say on the package if they have chlorides or salts in them?

    A stiff brush and 5 sections of carbon fiber rod (with the cool locking mechanisms on them so that they can't come apart in the chimney) are all I have ever used.......would love to know.
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    pen There are some who call me...mod. Staff Member

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    Sounds like a great check-up. If you really want a follow up, give us a pic of what you take out of that chimney when cleaning so we can see it and an estimation of the volume of accumulation and we might be able to give you a bit more piece of mind or info if needed.
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    If someone's burning practices are creating "the gooey stuff" then I think they need to change (correct) their habits instead of just treating the symptom.

    Would be best to burn clean and NOT get the gooey stuff in the first place.
    True, it is NOT a replacement for brushing your stack either.;)
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    pen There are some who call me...mod. Staff Member

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    Sure, but once they have the "gooey stuff" or "glazed stuff" or anything that is hard to sweep, if this stuff can help to safely remove it, then it's a good thing IMO.

    Hopefully needing the stuff would mean a reconsideration of practices would occur. But in many cases, probably not..... that's where hearth.com comes in ==c
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    Also might be an aid to those beginning the path of the "3 year plan" untill they get ahead, or those who are falling behind in vortexsnowmageddon. :) Definitely gooing it up a bit now , robbing Peter to pay Paul.
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    All very true, but not everyone is a seasoned vet and well informed member of hearth.com.;) Stuff happens.
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    smokedragon Minister of Fire

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    I can't decide if this makes me ;lol or :mad:

    When will the combining of words end.......
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    I am in the process of discovering that a learning curve on a new stove can create creosote. In trying not to over fire it I have under fired it. A little messy but recoverable. And it can happen with well seasoned wood.

    I do appreciate this forum.:cool:

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