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Need some help sweeping

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by emt1581, Oct 13, 2012.

  1. weatherguy

    weatherguy Minister of Fire

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    I never do, I only clean mine once a year, thats all thats needed if your burning dry, seasoned wood. I'll go up and clean my cap on a warm day in Jan or Ill do it at the end of Dec if its nice out, dont want to be on the roof when theres snow and ice up there, been there and done it before.

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  2. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Depends on what you consider burning . . . I sweep before reloading after a long overnight . . . chimney is warm, coals are in the firebox, but no active flames.
  3. emt1581

    emt1581 Minister of Fire

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    And this is what I was thinking of doing. But there is no risk that the falling powder of creosote is going to creep into the firebox and act as a fuse to ignite the rest of the creosote?

    Thanks

    -Emt1581
  4. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Not in my case . . . my stovepipe goes up, takes a 90 degree or so turn for a short run through the wall to outside where it connects to a T and then goes straight up. Any creosote that I take down just drops off on to the ground.
  5. emt1581

    emt1581 Minister of Fire

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    Same setup here. I just didn't know if a few grains or a cloud of this stuff could link the coals to the mass of creosote.

    Thanks

    -Emt1581
  6. emt1581

    emt1581 Minister of Fire

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    This afternoon I went up on the roof and tried to sweep the 4 feet that is above the curve going around the sophet on the side of the house. Only problem was I couldn't get the cap off. It had 3 bolts on it that appeared to be 4mm. But I didn't have a wrench with me and didn't want to monkey around too much.

    How do the caps come off?? Is it the little bolts or are there other things to look for?

    I was able to pull the cap off on the bottom and swept about 2 liters of creosote out. It was easy as pie! I still need to do the stove-pipe inside but I can't believe I was paying $120 for this!!

    -Emt1581
  7. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    How many cords of wood ended up making that 2 liters of dust? Was the wood less than ideally seasoned?
  8. emt1581

    emt1581 Minister of Fire

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    I'd say about 5-6 cords. All of my wood is seasoned well and tested prior to purchase/burning. My recent burn pile was totally gray. It sat out and baked all spring and summer...awesome stuff!!

    Why do you ask? Is two liters a lot? Btw, I didn't measure it, just guestimated from the looks of the bottom of the garbage can.

    -Emt1581
  9. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    For that amount of wood, no. If this was mostly ash dust (grey) then that sounds like a susuccessful season and cleaning.
  10. emt1581

    emt1581 Minister of Fire

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    Oh ok. Any idea about the cap up top? How do I get that off? Is it the tiny bolts or is there some twist/shimmy to it?

    Thanks

    -Emt1581
  11. emt1581

    emt1581 Minister of Fire

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    Any ideas on getting the top cap off? It looks like the SELKIRK one in the forum ad.

    Thanks

    -Emt1581

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