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First cleaning of the year

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by lopiliberty, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. lopiliberty

    lopiliberty Minister of Fire

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    Well finally decided to clean the flue and remove the cap for the winter. I ended up a small coffee can with about an inch of flour like powder in it then just tossed it back in the stove to burn when I start a fire. I don't think thats bad at all considering it hasn't been cleaned since last november with it burning 24/7 in the winter. Didn't get to get the flue cleaned until around 5:00 this evening then split some of 2014-2015 white oak and didn't get a fire going until 6:30 and it was only 66 in here. Got her cranking again at 700 and house is warming up fast almost 80 in here now. Everyone please remember to clean/check your flue on a regular basis. It only take a couple of seconds to check the flue. I rather lose a few seconds of my time than my house due to a flue fire

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  2. webby3650

    webby3650 Master of Fire

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    It sounds like you are burning well! Lopi makes some great products! Do you leave the cap off all winter?
  3. lopiliberty

    lopiliberty Minister of Fire

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    Yep I leave the cap off all winter because it will get black shiny creosote on it and will eventually start dripping down the SS pipe and I will not stand for that. I'm mister neat and tidy I don't even want a leaf in my yard
  4. DexterDay

    DexterDay Guest

    If the pipe was that clean? Why is the cap that cruddy? What do you do about rain? It just comes down the Class A and washes the ash to the bottom?

    My cap gets a little dark, but most do because of reload/cold start smoke and wind direction. Also why the.vent has a stain on one side more than other sides (wind).

    Only thing I have seen around here that runs without a cap, is OWB. They have GOBS of Sote on the top of the flue. But there fuel supply is very large chunks of Very questionable wood.

    My buddy has a Liberty and they are a mean stove. He runs his cap? He also has the same Quad pellet stove that I do (mean stove :))
  5. lopiliberty

    lopiliberty Minister of Fire

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    That is what I want to know. As far as the rain, when the stove is running 24/7 in the winter very little if any makes its way down the pipe

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