1. AppalachianStan

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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

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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.....
     
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  3. pen

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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

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  4. AppalachianStan

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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.
     
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  5. Pallet Pete

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

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

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

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

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    I am sooo gonna try that in a few months.
     
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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.
     
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    Inhaled oven cleaner once. Will never touch the stuff again.
     
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    Mapp gas for mine.
    Burns it off nicely.
     
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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.
     
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  16. AppalachianStan

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    Thanks A1Stoves
     
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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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