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Help With cleaning chimney?

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by homesteading 2014, Dec 12, 2013.

  1. homesteading 2014

    homesteading 2014 New Member

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    yes i would like to know when i clean my chimney, how do i know its clean
    i do it all by myself to thanks.;)

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  2. USMC80

    USMC80 Minister of Fire

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    liner or clay flu?
  3. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Welcome to the forum Jesus freak. Nice name!

    You know just by looking at the chimney. If you are up top, then just looking down will tell you. The worst spot will usually be right at the top but it still pays to look all the way if possible. One could always lower a video camera down and also tape or fasten a small flashlight to it for checking where you can't see well.
  4. midwestcoast

    midwestcoast Minister of Fire

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    Take a photo of the inside & post it here! ;) Just kidding, don't do that or you'll probably end-up re-building your whole chimney!
    You should be able to see the surface of the clay tiles or steel liner. No black glazing on them. It's a chimney so it's never really going to be "clean", but you want not accumulation of creosote in there at all.
  5. homesteading 2014

    homesteading 2014 New Member

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    Just Red Sender Block 1940's home lol.
  6. chimneylinerjames

    chimneylinerjames Feeling the Heat

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    Once you get 1/4" of creosote build up you are at a risk of a chimney fire.
    Swedishchef likes this.

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