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Installing a cleanout in the lower part of the flue?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Woodrow, Feb 6, 2012.

  1. Woodrow

    Woodrow New Member

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    I'm having a new ZC fireplace installed in my house. It will have about 25 feet of chimney/flue height. Chimney is separate from roof, a tall ladder is the only way to access it. Not easy to get to the top with a good margin of safety. So I'm thinking I'd like a "cleanout" (or whatever you guys call it) at the base close to the fireplace unit. Is that possible or practical? I've seen some stove guys talk about it but not for a ZC fireplace. I'd like to be able to open an access panel on the rear of the wood framed (with siding) chimney, inspect the rear part of the fireplace unit and then disconnect a section of pipe and sweep the chimney from the ground instead of using a ladder every time. Is that feasible and practical? I know it can also be done from inside the fireplace unit, but that seems like it would bring a lot of the mess inside and would be harder to do. What do you guys think?

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