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Will a Vacu-Stack Help??

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Rob From Wisconsin, Feb 23, 2006.

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  1. Rob From Wisconsin

    Rob From Wisconsin Minister of Fire

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    Possibly having back-pressure related chimney
    drafting problems from a nearby structure.
    Looking for anyone out there with "testimonials"
    about the effectiveness of the Accu-Stack chimney
    cap...

    Thanks,
    Rob

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  2. Sandor

    Sandor Minister of Fire

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    I will certainly give you a tesimonial.

    Had a house in WV, in the mountains, and it was quite often windy, 20-50 mph were common. The house was kinda situated on a hill, with a deep valley below. (Cacapon River). Large tree line about 100 feet behind the house, higher than the house.

    When the wind would blow, the woodstove would not draw, at all. I'm talking about a smoke filled home. Friends thought the house was on fire when we had the glass doors open, with smoke pouring out of the home. Tried opening windows on the pressure side, etc, all to no avail.

    Bought the Vacu-Stak out of pure desperation, and IT WORKED LIKE A CHAMP!

    Problem solved. When a gust of wind would come up, the fire turned cherry red.

    I don't think you will know whether this thing will work or not, in your situation, until you try it.

    Cleaning it in the spring is a drag.
  3. Shane

    Shane Minister of Fire

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    VacuStacks work well with wind induced problems.
  4. Rob From Wisconsin

    Rob From Wisconsin Minister of Fire

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    Today it was almost totally still outside,
    and our stove drafted very well - best burn
    I've seen in several weeks!! This is very confusing.
    I believe my basement system has "gremlins".....

    Rob
  5. Rob From Wisconsin

    Rob From Wisconsin Minister of Fire

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    Dirty chimney cap? I have the same problem w/ our regular, banded chimney.
    Try spraying it beforehand w/ Rutland Spray Creosote Remover. Run a couple
    of hot fires, and you will find that the gunk on your cap isn't so "gunky" anymore.
    It will break off a lot like "peanut brittle" layers - a lot easier for me to clean.
    You can get Rutland products at most larger hardware store chains.
    Hope this helps...
    Rob
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