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Throw some salt on it?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Nokoni, Dec 12, 2005.

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  1. Nokoni

    Nokoni New Member

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    My inspector suggested that I occasionally throw a handful of regular rock salt onto a burning fire. He said this will crystalize any creosote in my chimney liner. Is this safe? I'm asking because the first inspector from my city who came to my house passed a bad install. This inspector, actually both of them, came to inspect my install without a ladder! I thought that was very weird!

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  2. wg_bent

    wg_bent Minister of Fire

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    I would not put any salt in my wood stove. That's the reason all manufacturers tell you not to burn drift wood. It will cause your stove to rust.
  3. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    Very quick way to destroy your chimney liner and also corrode your stove.

    Elk must shudder when he hears stuff like this from "inspectors".

    Craig
  4. elkimmeg

    elkimmeg Guest

    To set the record straight city inspectors are not required to supply ladders nor are they required to climb 30' up to do an inspection The cities do not cary insurance for that risk. That's why we require a licenced certified chimney sweep"s condition report and cleanning before issuing the permit. The system is what it is. I do the best I can and anticipate potential problems.
    from experience. Rock salt = rocks in the head, bogus advice. If one does not know what they are doing. don't open your mouth and expose your ignorance. Now they have left little doubt they are clueless
  5. Nokoni

    Nokoni New Member

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    Thanks for the info. about the inspectors duties. What if the system was put in by a licenced certified chimney sweep? Does another company come out to do the report? The inspector said that there aren't many people in the city using wood for fuel. I think if they are it is just a new construction fireplace and used for the occasional fire, not for main heat. Rock heads don't make good inspectors-the guy was really nice but nice wasn't really what I was looking for.
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