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  1. AppalachianStan

    AppalachianStan Minister of Fire

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    Just had my son-in-law over to take my top Class A 3' Chimney down so I can clean the cap. It was build up 2/16 of glazed creosote only in the last 3' of chimney and cap. Tried to clean it, but it's on there good. I run my 8" brush down the pipe got most of it clean. The cap I had to scrap it out the best I could but there is still a small amount there. I did not get any pics.

    1. What is the best way to clean it off?
    2. Will it be okay until spring?

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  2. milleo

    milleo Feeling the Heat

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    I would try to burn it off with a torch but I'm not sure that is the proper thing to do or not.....
  3. pen

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

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    I use a wire brush, one like you might use to remove loose paint.

    Sooooooo, you have next year's wood on hand yet ==c

    pen
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  4. AppalachianStan

    AppalachianStan Minister of Fire

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    Hope so. I have some cord of oak thats been on the ground for 2 years, but just got CSS about 2 weeks ago. Looking for a cord of ash too.
  5. Pallet Pete

    Pallet Pete Guest

    I know it's not strictly safe but I clean my cap with a little oven cleaner and it literally washes it clean.

    Pete
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  6. pen

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

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    I can't see that hurting anything.
  7. AppalachianStan

    AppalachianStan Minister of Fire

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    I try that when I take it down in spring.
  8. Pallet Pete

    Pallet Pete Guest

    It's just hard on the lungs is all if you get to close.

    Pete
  9. Pallet Pete

    Pallet Pete Guest

    I think I rubbed it down with a toothbrush last time however it isn't really necessary.

    Pete
  10. Beetle-Kill

    Beetle-Kill Minister of Fire

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    I am sooo gonna try that in a few months.
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  11. rideau

    rideau Minister of Fire

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    Warm ammonia cleans an oven really easily and well. Would probably work well on creosote as well, cheaper and probably safer than oven cleaner, andapt to be conveniently on hand.
  12. remkel

    remkel Minister of Fire

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    Inhaled oven cleaner once. Will never touch the stuff again.
  13. rkshed

    rkshed Feeling the Heat

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    Mapp gas for mine.
    Burns it off nicely.
  14. mellow

    mellow Resident Stove Connoisseur

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    I have heard that burning the CSL logs before doing a cleaning helps to make the creosote easier to remove, heck, some people even say burning aluminum cans in the fire before doing a cleaning helps.
  15. Heatsource

    Heatsource Minister of Fire

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  16. AppalachianStan

    AppalachianStan Minister of Fire

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    Thanks A1Stoves
  17. Heatsource

    Heatsource Minister of Fire

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    you can apply cre-away directly to the pipe from the cap, or spray it up into the chimney during burn cycle

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