Sooteater or off brand?

john26

Feeling the Heat
Oct 27, 2008
280
Wildwood MO
I need to buy a a rotary chimney brush kit I have heard great things about soot eater but I am tempted by the price on the off brand like on amazon and ebay my liner is 29'3"
offbrand 33' 2 heads $63
sooteater 33' 1 head $129
 

toddnic

Minister of Fire
Jul 13, 2013
771
North Carolina
I need to buy a a rotary chimney brush kit I have heard great things about soot eater but I am tempted by the price on the off brand like on amazon and ebay my liner is 29'3"
offbrand 33' 2 heads $63
sooteater 33' 1 head $129
I'm not familiar with the off-brand. However, the SootEater is wonderful.
 

MTASH

Member
Dec 24, 2018
141
Montana
I bought a Sootblaster Pro off of A'zon because Sooteater was not available at the time. I've only used twice but so far it has been fine.
 

GadDummit

Burning Hunk
May 27, 2017
230
Oklahoma
I also bought a sooteater because there wasn't an off brand at the time. Pay attention to the reviews and the "bendy-ness" of the rods. You want a little give so you can attach more rods as you go up the chimney.
It's a fine gadget. Nothing special or un-replicatable. An off brand will probably do fine if it has enough give not to break. If it does, send it back. It's Amazon.


Also, let us know which one you get and how it goes! :)
 

john26

Feeling the Heat
Oct 27, 2008
280
Wildwood MO
I just ordered a Vevor 52' rotary cleaner 16 rods and 1 head for $78 I guess I waited too long the more common lengths were sold out. At least I will have some spare rods if I ever put a stove in the basement I will have enough length.
 
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DodgyNomad

Minister of Fire
Dec 19, 2009
599
West Michigan
I'd be a bit wary of knockoffs.

Considering the nightmare that would occur in my situation if a coupling came loose or a stick broke half-way up the pipe. I'd be screwed.
 
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Highbeam

Minister of Fire
Dec 28, 2006
17,995
Mt. Rainier Foothills, WA
I love it when competition pops up that forces the name brand guy with a monopoly to lower their price. I own the sooteater but see no reason to prefer that brand over any other that offers the same product for half the price. The real question is whether the newcomer is equivalent. Sometimes they are even better.
 

jmb6420

Member
Jun 25, 2019
82
NE Oklahoma
I need to buy a a rotary chimney brush kit I have heard great things about soot eater but I am tempted by the price on the off brand like on amazon and ebay my liner is 29'3"
offbrand 33' 2 heads $63
sooteater 33' 1 head $129
I hate to say it but check Walmart online. I got the SootEater 24' for $68.00. If you need m or length you can get extensions. Or buy 2 and have extra rods and 2 heads.
 

john26

Feeling the Heat
Oct 27, 2008
280
Wildwood MO
I got the vevor the other day it seems to be good quality nice flexible rods and locks seem very good but no directions on how long to trim the whips my guess is 3.25" from center to make a 6.5" brush?
 

john26

Feeling the Heat
Oct 27, 2008
280
Wildwood MO
Cleaned 2 chimneys tonight with sooteater knock off (vevor) $78 on ebay 1 head, 1 drill adapter, 16 1meter rods total of 52 foot
The overall quality seem very good the rods very very flexible and the locks seem to work well. The whips are spiral weed eater looking line head seems fairly heavy. I have 2 complaints first it does it give you a length to trim the whips. Second the bottom allen holding the lower whips in place was very tight I hope its not stripped. I cut the whips 3.5" from the edge of the head it doesn't fit tight in the liner because the whips are curved back , but when it spins the straighten out. It worked very well easily spun and feed up and down in the liner. se2.jpg se1.jpg se.jpg
 

john26

Feeling the Heat
Oct 27, 2008
280
Wildwood MO
here is before and after cleaning my Napoleon 1401 and the last pic is my Lopi Freedom se3.jpg se5.jpg se4.jpg se6.jpg
 

Highbeam

Minister of Fire
Dec 28, 2006
17,995
Mt. Rainier Foothills, WA
Whip length is an interesting topic for any of these rotary cleaners. The sooteater directions have you cut them very short and I think it causes missed areas near the stove due to the bend in the rods pushing the head back. If you cut them too long, that curve means you aren’t using the sharp and stiff tips to clean.

I don’t know.