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Soot/creosote buildup

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Swedishchef, Mar 25, 2013.

  1. Swedishchef

    Swedishchef Minister of Fire

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    Hey guys

    I just looked up my chimney and saw flakey black/brown stuff about 1/8th of an inch thick along the walls of my chimney.

    I believe that this would be normal and just want to confirm...it is an outdoor chimney and I usually start from a cold start on a daily basis.

    Thanks

    Andrew

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  2. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    If dry, fluffy flakey it is normal.
  3. Swedishchef

    Swedishchef Minister of Fire

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    Can that dry fluffy stuff ignite? Just curious. My soot was fluffy, wind was knocking some down as I looked up the chiney onto my face!
  4. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    No, you should be fine Andrew. Wear goggles!
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  5. bag of hammers

    bag of hammers Minister of Fire

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    Or if you're me, wear a hazmat suit...;lol
  6. chimneylinerjames

    chimneylinerjames Feeling the Heat

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    Once you get a 1/4" of creosote build up you need to clean the chimney, at this point you are at risk for a chimney fire.
  7. Swedishchef

    Swedishchef Minister of Fire

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    I think I learned the hard way Dennis! Lol

    Bag of hammers: if I had a suit I would wear it! I just want to wait to clean it out once I am totally done burning....

    Thanks for the heads up James...so that light and fluffy stuff can ignite? I will likely only burn another 1/4 cord this season......I should be good.
  8. wkpoor

    wkpoor Minister of Fire

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    I have tried to ignite the fluffy stuff in a pile with a propane torch after cleaning. It will burn down but will not sustain a fire itself.That tells me your chance of a chimney fire from it is nill.
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