Sooteater

BigJ273

Burning Hunk
Feb 15, 2015
165
Maryland
Been using a manual brush for years. Thinking about trying out this product. I’ve heard a lot of good things about it. I have a 6” stainless steel liner (not smooth walled). Any chance it could damage it? If anyone uses it, please let me know your thoughts. Thanks.
 

fire_man

Minister of Fire
Feb 6, 2009
2,339
North Eastern MA
I use the sooteater and it works great. I can't imagine how it could damage the liner - its just nylon line and fiberglass rods. Makes life easy when you do it from the bottom up - no more climbing on the roof.
 

showrguy

Feeling the Heat
Aug 2, 2015
439
Marysville, Pa.
I use the sooteater and it works great. I can't imagine how it could damage the liner - its just nylon line and fiberglass rods. Makes life easy when you do it from the bottom up - no more climbing on the roof.
What he said !!
 

Overfireinthehole

Minister of Fire
May 5, 2017
693
Miller MO
Only bad thing I have to say about sooteater is they aren’t super flexible. They can do a 45 just fine but I’ve broken them trying to brush a chimney through a breach hole.
 

shortys7777

Burning Hunk
Nov 15, 2017
214
Smithfield, RI
Bought one last year. Quick and easy. I do top down because I live in a ranch and just close the stove door to prevent a mess. 15 minute job. Start to finish.
 
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fire_man

Minister of Fire
Feb 6, 2009
2,339
North Eastern MA
I've been following sooteater reviews for a bunch of years and i never heard of one busting a liner.
 

ajayabb

Member
Dec 10, 2017
66
Moorestown
Only negative reviews are from professional chimney sweeps. JK. Great product. Bought 2 kits which was cheaper than extension kit on Amazon
 

kvesi122

New Member
Nov 20, 2018
34
Worcester County Mass
Just finished cleaning my 21 ft liner with one. Was wayyyy dirtier than I was hoping. A little more than a gallon of mostly black soot and glossy flakes.

The dents in the liner was to squeeze through a flue plate.

I’ll admit I was burning with sub prime red oak last yr (financial reasons) mixed with dry maple.

This year should be much cleaner. Burning 10 month stacked ash, 2 yr red oak and 2 yr maple/elm for shoulder seasons.

Top down cleaning yield:

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billb3

Minister of Fire
Dec 14, 2007
4,668
SE Mass
The rods are nylon.

Fiberglass may be flexible but the cured polyester or epoxy resin usually is not.
They do not recommend using the rods thru a thimble or T as the rods, although flexible, are not flexible enough while it is spinning . There's nothing to damage a liner EXCEPT the metal snap connectors so it's not a good idea to use it on anything but the flex liner which usually doesn't have any sharp bends.