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  • OT/Learned a new skill yesterday....

    Burning wood like crazy with this cold snap...
    Figured I better clean the chiminey.....
    Shut the drafts down on the stove then headed outdoors to round up chiminey cleanin riggin.... (forgot to tell wife.)
    Climbed on the roof (with a ladder of course)...and used a screwdriver to remove the chimily(optional spelling) cap....Ooops...forgot the chimily brush..
    Had to actually search for before mentioned chiminey brush...

    Finally found the brush and the extensions...climb back onto roof and push the chiminey brush down the carboned up chiminey.
    Was very hard to push for the first foot. After that...Holy was very easy...too easy
    I pulled it up and Geez...the thing looked like a spider you just poured battery acid on.. Dang!
    While I was running around looking for stuff...the missus felt a little cool in the house so she opened the drafts wide open.
    I'm assuming it was pretty darn hot down in that melted that nylon brush like you can't believe.
    You know...they say that to make a relationship need communication. I believe that now. (See above "forgot to tell wife")
    I have tools I don't even know I own...

  • #2
    Russ, its tooooo cold slippery and dangerous to be up on a roof, well unless you've got 10' of snow so falling is no big deal, can't you clean it from inside?
    Last edited by Mcgyver; 12-17-2008, 04:26 PM.


    • #3
      It's chimney, not chiminey.

      If you've ever seen a chimney fire, you'd know why periodic cleaning is a good idea. The one I saw was truly awesome. It looked and sounded like an inverted rocket, with bright orange flame and sparks shooting at least twenty feet above the top of the chimney.

      Any products mentioned in my posts have been endorsed by their manufacturer.


      • #4
        I clean mine from the clean out door on th eground. The brush has steel bristels just like a wire brush. The rods are fiber glass and bend like a fishing poll. My chimney is 2 stories high. The fiber glass rod flexes but goes right up and back down. Ten min job. + I dont have to take the cap off the top of the chimney.


        • #5
          Originally posted by winchman
          It's chimney, not chiminey.

          If you've ever seen a chimney fire, you'd know why periodic cleaning is a good idea. The one I saw was truly awesome. It looked and sounded like an inverted rocket, with bright orange flame and sparks shooting at least twenty feet above the top of the chimney.

          Chiminy cricket Rodger...didn't you go to skool? LOL!
 big deal to get up on this roof. It's pretty flat (ish).
          I was really suprised...I actually thought this was a steel's apparently not. Ya..I do have to climb up there. Not a big deal tho. My shop on the other hand...yeesh...gotta clean that pretty soon too.
          I've had a woodstove my whole life and have had a couple of dandy chimley fires.
          Yer does sound like a rocket going off.
          Makes a lot of steam when you pour a bucket of water down them too
 idea...communicate with wife... "'d you like to do me a huge favour?? You know the shop chimney??? It's a nice veiw from up on that roof you know???"
          I have tools I don't even know I own...


          • #6
            My wife's uncle fell off the roof and broke his pelvis cleaning his flue. Be careful up there! Gary P. Hansen
            In memory of Marine Engineer Paul Miller who gave his life for his country 7-19-2010 Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Freedom is not free, it is paid for with blood.


            • #7
              Be careful up there!

              Haha, you must have forgot who you are talking to Gary

              Russ is always careful, unless it intrudes with his fun.


              • #8
                C'mon you all know how safe I am...look..I used extra duct tape on my shop built climbing spurs

                And see....I have on a helmet AND gloves...
                I have tools I don't even know I own...


                • #9
                  See, told ya Gary

                  Russ's favorite poem:

                  I can live with my arthritis
                  And my dentures fit me fine
                  I can see with my bi-focal's
                  But I sure do miss my brains.


                  • #10
                    Thanks just made me snerk macaroni out my nose...
                    I have tools I don't even know I own...


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by torker
                      And see....I have on a helmet AND gloves...

                      Do you still have the Yamaha trials bike?



                      • #12
               least I better have it. That pic is only a couple or three weeks old.
                        I have tools I don't even know I own...


                        • #13
                          Russ,I used to use an old stick with a bunch of feed sacks nailed to it to scrub the chimney out,then I got fancy,bought a 8" wire wheel on sale and welded it to a length on conduit.Damn near professional,could be chucked in a d-handle drill,handy for entertaining the neighbors around Christmas

                          Climbing ladders is for sissy's,next time take the bike up
                          I just need one more tool,just one!


                          • #14
                            Replaced my wood stove chimney with a nice shiny new one
                            only to have it plug solid after about three months use. Never had any soot or creosote problem in the 5 years before. Still using the same stove, the same bone dry pine and the same use. Instead of single wall stovepipe leading to the insulated pipe, I upgraded to double wall pipe between the stove and the insulated stuff. When it plugged I noticed a lot of fairly large, black flakey stuff in the pipe, and the top cap was plugged solid at the "spark arrester" wire mesh.

                            The house is tall, the roof is metal and 8 in 12 pitch, so I figured out a way to clean out the spark arrester from inside, using a shop vac and some modified pipe. Worked okay for about 2 weeks, then plugged again.

                            Talked to the supplier, who while denying any knowledge of any such thing happening with their product elsewhere also said that
                            they didn't reccomend leaving the spark arrester on the topcap. Woulda been nice if they had mentioned that fact when I bought and installed it last summer. Going up on the roof when it is -20, blowing about 20mph and with a foot of snow on the roof is not a very desirable choice, but the only one left...


                            • #15

                              Sounds like your chimney is running cold and allowing creosote to form inside. Did you happen to upsize the diameter of the chimney say from 6 to 8 inches? I've learned my lessons on wood stoves. Unfortunately your system is now installed and there's no going back it seems (like mine). I gather you had a masonry chimney prior to? They hold the heat very well and help create the draft you need because of that. A larger sized chimney will slow down the draft velocity and help deposit creosote since the smoke now has a chance to cool down and condense on those nice cooler chimnney walls. Ask me how I know. I get at least 2 chimney fires a year with my setup. Yet it's all contractor approaved Go figure... The fires are small but avoided if I clean twice a season.

                              Were's this all going? I would remove your screen as suggested to help the flow of draft. Make sure you really have at least double if not tripple wall pipe throughout the entire chimney. The piece leading to the thimble can be single wall, helps heat the home and makes cleaning a little easier. Many times reducing the diameter of the chimney an inch or so helps with overall draft velocity and stove efficiency.

                              I've gone through nightmares after having my new house built. The stove was improperly sized for the square footage, the chimney was oversized for the stove, smoke always coming down the adjacent furnace chimney (house is way too tight in terms of airflow), etc.

                              What I've done to help this:
                              Removed three blocks off the furnace chimney to simply place the wood stove stack up in the sky a bit more and away from the adjoining chimney.

                              I drilled holes into the wood stove masonry block every 3ft and filled the space between the liner and block with perlite. That was a MAJOR help in keeping the chimney hot and creosote deposits low.

                              I drilled a 3" or so hole through the blue stone stove pad and added an external air supply directly to the stove. Highly recommended!!!

                              I installed a secondary thermostat arrangement in the basement which allows me to turn off the upstairs "zone" and heat the basement shop on biodiesel. Keeping the furnace and it's chimney warm reduced the reverse drafts which starts as soon as the system cools down.

                              Don't use pine in a wood stove! OK, I know some of you will bark at that but the amount of creosote build up from pine is incredible. Leave pine for the camp fire.

                              Made the stove system as air tight as possible with new seals (yes they were shot!).

                              Hope I didn't ramble too much I just my share of wood stove headaches and discovered that most contractors really don't understand chimney functioning and more. To start they should place the chimney in the center of the house to insulate the chimney! But that's a for another thread if i didn't hijack this one already.

                              To all have a SAFE merry Christmas and Happy New Year !!

                              "To invent you need a good imagination and a pile of junk" Thomas Edison

                              Better to have tools you don't need than to need tools you don't have

                              73's KB3BFR