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First Chimney cleaning

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

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  1. wg_bent

    wg_bent Minister of Fire

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    Well, today I decided to clean out my stoves chimney liner. The liner is roughly 23' long. I removed the cap which was pretty dirty, but it turned out to be 99% fly ash. a couple sprays with some Fireview cleaner and any creosote was gone.

    Next the liner. I dropped a utility light down and it was nothing but more fly ash, and not much of it either. All like fine powder.

    Next I removed all the burn tubes and pushed the upper bricks and insulation board aside (not too easy, but not all that bad either) and felt around a bit. All the refrectory cement I put in to seal the connection from stove to liner was intact, so no sense in messing with it.

    I dropped a rope down with the aid of a large socket. Tied the brush to the rope at the top and pulled the brush down the liner and into the stove a few times. There was a lot of dust, but with the help of my daughter holding the vacuum in the mouth of the stove, most was sucked up.

    Next I cleaned the dust out of the stove, inspected the liner with the light again...most of the ash was gone now. Put it all back together.

    I wish all weekend chores went that smooth. It's rare.

    Now I'm ready to burn again.

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  3. martel

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    thanks warren. this is a bit encouraging as I consider my first go at it. the worst part of my situation, being in the city, is that my house is 4' from the neighbors and the chimney is 30' up. in fact my installer charged extra due to the harrowing nature of the job. I have worked at heights a lot, so it shouldn't be too bad but makes for a steep ladder!
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    You be damned careful up there. And have somebody at the bottom of that ladder. If they can't hold it steady, at least they might break your fall.
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    yes, thanks BB, damned careful is right. I have actually worked for several years on trees, particularly building high ropes courses. My plan is to actually set an anchor and tie in with a harness. Better safe than flattened.
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    It's not the fall that gets you...it's that sudden stop. Be careful.

    I'm going to sweep my chimney today and see how much creosote the old smoker made last year.
  7. wg_bent

    wg_bent Minister of Fire

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    Your mean!! :coolgrin: :lol: :lol:
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    At least i didnt say it .................... This time .
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