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just cleaned the chimney

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Anthony, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. Anthony

    Anthony New Member

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    Been burning 24/7 for about 1.5 months. 2/3 cord so far. Got 2 shovels of fine black creosote how am I doing?

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  2. Pallet Pete

    Pallet Pete Guest

    Thats not bad in my book but keep an eye on it ! Clean the chimney every month if you need to in order to be safe. You will get better with time and dryer wood. I get about that in a season because we burn very dry wood. The dryer the wood the cleaner your chimney will be in my experience.

    Pete
  3. Pallet Pete

    Pallet Pete Guest

    I should also point out if you run your stove hot it will keep the flue much cleaner as well.

    Pete
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  4. pen

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

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    I'd say do it again after the next 2/3 to 1 cord of wood (especially if this is an easy chimney to clean safely). Keep that consistent schedule for a while and you'll be able to better compare what you are getting from the chimney after cleaning versus any changes in your habits / wood supply.

    As of right now, I'd say you are doing well. But having a bunch of similar cleanings to compare to will help you decide in the future when/if you want to extend your cleaning interval, and what to look for that may make you decide to clean things sooner / change your habits.

    Well done.

    pen
  5. Anthony

    Anthony New Member

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    Thanks for the replies. Last year the chimney sweeper said I was doing everything wrong so I credit these forums for setting me on the right path.
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  6. Pat57

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    If you still have that creosote, I would be happy to get it from you and compensate you for shipping and handling. Looking for creosote and my fireplace does not generate enough. Thanks
  7. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    What is with you and looking for creosote? What do you use the stuff for?
  8. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    You can get it in bulk at the local telephone pole or rr tie plant......

    Actually, the EPA made the stuff illegal for personal use.....but I think a mixture of tar and diesel is somewhat similar. Nothing you'd want to toke up on.
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    Lol. No thanks, really wanted to experiment on weeds in my garden. Old recipes call for Wood soot, not some cobbled up chemical product.
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    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    Hmm, that's strange because charcoal is considered a great thing to build up soil.....
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    pen There are some who call me...mod. Staff Member

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    If this is for keeping weeds down on food bearing plants, I'd want to reconsider. Creosote isn't exactly healthy for a person.

    pen
  12. wkpoor

    wkpoor Minister of Fire

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    People comment often on here about how much creosote they got from a sweeping. Without knowing the size and length of the chimney not sure what the relevance is.
  13. Anthony

    Anthony New Member

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    sorry didnt keep the soot.

    as for the chimney size, 6" x 20'.
  14. Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle

    Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle Minister of Fire

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    Don't mind them, Anthony *raises left eye brow* :p

    Keep an eye on it , like others have said, but your doing okey doke.

    Welcome to the forums, incase I missed you some where !

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