Annual sweeping

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Ctwoodtick

Minister of Fire
Jun 5, 2015
2,113
Southeast CT
This is the result of last seasons burning. I’m very pleased. Dry brown powder with a couple little flakes from up high. Will move to the 2 year sweeping schedule I think.
I have the jotul 550 insert with about 14 feet of insulated heavywall liner for reference.

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This is the result of last seasons burning. I’m very pleased. Dry brown powder with a couple little flakes from up high. Will move to the 2 year sweeping schedule I think.
I have the jotul 550 insert with about 14 feet of insulated heavywall liner for reference.View attachment 299368
Looks good! I decided to sweep on the even years.
 
Looking good. I hope to get this done next week. It will be the first time in 2 yrs. Dry wood rules.
 
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Did mine today, I hesitated to even do that because of the mess even a little soot makes, ugh. Glad to hear you guys don't actually do it every either and I may follow your lead. I did the soot eater from below and only had to go 2 sticks long to get everything, and maybe got 1/4 cup, if that. Yup, dry wood rules!
 
Did mine today, I hesitated to even do that because of the mess even a little soot makes, ugh. Glad to hear you guys don't actually do it every either and I may follow your lead. I did the soot eater from below and only had to go 2 sticks long to get everything, and maybe got 1/4 cup, if that. Yup, dry wood rules!

What do you mean on only two sticks? Do you have a six foot chimney?
 
I use a mirror so I can see up chimney and shine a flashlight up to see a before image of how much soot I have. I barely see any flakes or anything noticeable or maybe anything .25inch or so, or mostly just what looks like crumbs. I can see all the way to the cap, yet beyond about 4ft. up it's just clean pipe. So when I say "2 sticks", I mean I used 2 sections of the soot eater rods, figuring that I only had to go far enough to get past that point and high enough up the chimney to get any crumbs knocked off. I figured I didn't need anything past that, does that make sense?