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chimney cleaning from the bottom.

Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by Trapper_Pete, Jan 12, 2019.

  1. PA. Woodsman

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    Yeah maybe trimming it down just a bit would help, I listened to the stove shop years ago when they said "it should loosen with use" but that was 25 years ago and I'm still waiting lol!
     
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    It is also possible that your brush got made a touch large or your pipe a touch small or both.

    I am going to bet that stove pipe and cleaning brushes aren't made to super exacting standards .
     
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    Here’s a flexible rod cleaner, quick disconnect fittings. The head uses heavy weedeater type cleaners that are replaceable. Comes with adapter that lets you hook it to a cordless drill. Extra rods can be purchased if you need more length. Works fantastic and isn’t super expensive and will last years. I got mine at Rural King and the extra rods from Amazon.
    Definitely perfect for cleaning from the bottom and not getting on my metal roof.
     

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    I just got one of those setups, and it seems to work great. I never had an issue with traditional rods and a brush, just wanted to try it out

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    I would also add...

    Cut it a little longer than the template says.

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    I've been on Chimney cleaning jobs since I was a kid. If you're burning good dry wood you can get away with a green flexible brush and a few passes. No fancy spinning stuff needed. If it's really caked on I go with a metal brush and up to a flat wire brush if someone really sucks at burning wood. Keep on it and clean it out before the next burning season every year if you're burning a lot.
     
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    the rotary systems usually have very much more flexible rods and are great if you have a bend or 2 to get the brush around. If the flue is straight up and down then the standard 'drain rods' an brush should do fine.
     
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    I have my doubts that the flexable cleaning rods would work well in my chimney. I cant even access my flue from the bottom and its almost 30ft from the cap to the bottom. Spining that little rod in a drill would probably tie it in knots. I have a fiberglass telescopic rod I insert from the top, extending it as it goes down the flue. I made a small metal plate I screw on the rod end and basicly just scrape the sides of the flue liner. I just cleaned my chimney yesterday. It took about 30min and that includes getting the ladder and putting it back up. I hadnt cleaned in two winters and I got about half of a ashbucket full of cresote. I do plan on a different stove and stove pipe in my next house and one of those flexable brushes look like they might do the trick
     
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    I use a temp gauge on the pipe and a temp gauge on the stove. I control what heat goes up the chimney and the temp in the woodstove. I burn at a rate to keep the creosote down. I light one hot fire a day too the shut it down and control it. I cut my wood consumption down by 1/3. I been heating with wood since 1979. I clean the chimney once every october. My firewood is seasoned for a year. I’m using a fireplace chimney.
     

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