Crackling in chimney

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Aug 21, 2018
Hello, we've been burning in our wood stove since about October. Over the weekend, we heard some crackling in the stovepipe (up near the ceiling) and decided it was time to clean the chimney. We did that, but our stove has baffle boards on top, so after sweeping everything down we kind of tilted the boards as best we could to try to spill the soot down into the firebox. That was yesterday. Today, we're hearing the crackling again, although it goes away when we close the door. Did we not do a thorough enough job? Or is there something else going on? Should we be alarmed?
What stove is it?
The Madison, from England's Stove Works.
Pull the baffle out and clean the chimney again. It is probably just creosote on the baffle burning but you can't be too safe
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Okay thanks, I'll do that!
Is there any trick to removing the baffle? The manual doesn't explain it, and it didn't look very straightforward, but I didn't look at it too closely.
remove the front burn tube, there is a small bolt on the left hand side of the tube retainer bracket (for lack of a better term) remove this then slide the tube to the right and it should angle down and out rather easy. with the front tube removed you can take both pieces of the baffle out of the stove.
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If it crackles when you open the door, it is likely just the chimney rapidly cooling from the rush of cool room air up the pipe. Mine does that. The inner pipe expands and contracts lengthwise quite a lot with temperature variation. The sections are designed so that the inner pipe can grow in length while the outter pipe stays consistent in length. It could also be hard creosote that is cracking as the pipe expands and contracts. That is possible as well.