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Keeping chinney clean
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JB    Posted 01-16-2005 at 03:41:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Some of you folks probally already know this but for the ones who don't this might help you. If you want to keep your chimney clean without a lot of work you can burn one aluminum pop can (barley pop cans works also)per day. That doesn't mean one can whenever you want to it means one can every day you have a hot fire in your furnace, stove, ect. Aluminum cans have the same stuff in them as the expensive chiminey cleaning chemicals that you can buy at the hardware store, and probally the logs that clean chimneys. Don't take this post as a 100% sure fire way to keep your chimney clean. You might want to clean your chimney then burn the can a day for as long as you normally would burn your wood burning device before a cleaning then put a light at the bottom of your chimney. You go to the top of the chimney and look down, if the chimney is clean this works for you, if not, clean your chimney with a mechanical device. Don't burn your house down, keep your chimney clean.

Lori    Posted 01-18-2008 at 17:07:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
does this really work - I NEED TO KNOW

Hunter n NOLa    Posted 01-16-2005 at 04:20:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for the very timely suggestion. Earlier this winter we had a chimney fire...and brother that's a very scary thing to behold. Fortunately the flue is a large double walled pipe and the house has a metal roof, otherwise we probably would have lost it.

SusieQ    Posted 01-16-2005 at 06:02:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Funny you should mention this today, that is exactly what happened to a neighbor down our street. Apparently they cleaned the wood stove pipe out, but didn't get it totally clean, about 7:30 last night, fire dept. out, boy those big red lights shone all the way up street. Luckily, no damages...and they were fortunate this time. More fires destroy more homes during winter months, just pays to take a little more time cleaning pipes out. I will let them know about the advice..Thanks.

Salmoneye    Posted 01-16-2005 at 04:39:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
I clean stack at least 3 times per winter...I have seen too many chimney fires in the past...

I found a breakdown fiberglass rod and a 6 inch brush at a lawn sale for $5 about 10 years ago...I also found an old Sears (Kenmore) cannister vacuum cleaner in a free pile that I use to suck the soot out of the elbow after I swipe from the top down...

I can tell by the feel of the damper and the way the pipe 'talks' when it is time to clean...

JB    Posted 01-16-2005 at 06:39:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
The most sure way to clean a chimney is to do it manualy, if you do a good job. The person who told me of the aluminum can way had a boiler. I was over at his house one day in the boiler room and noticed a large amount of creasoat around his boiler. I asked him how often he cleaned his chimney. He replied never, he always bought the expensive chimney cleaner from the hardware store until his friend who was a salesman there felt guilty about selling him a product he did not really need. The salesman told him about the aluminum can and he has used that ever since. This same guy has a wood splitter that would either shock you or amaze you. He had an old baler and used the plunger to push the wood into the wedge. He used his lathe to cut v-belt grooves into the large flat belt pully that drove the plunger. That flat belt pully was 32 inches in diamenter. He used an old Opel engine with a small sheve on it to spin the large sheve. That plunger kept moving as long as the engine ran so you had to know what you were doing. He even had a small elevator off of a corn picker (maybe)to get the wood away from the machine. I am sure product liabilty law suits would prevent him from marketing this splitter but I thought it was real neat how someone could take a couple of machines and put together a complently different one. It was kind of crude but it worked.

Salmoneye    Posted 01-16-2005 at 07:30:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
I borrowed a 'splitter' a couple years back that was homemade from a Honda 4 cylinder car engine and had a 30 gallon tank hydraulic reservoir...

The ram was 3 inch and ultra fast...That sucker could split with 2 people all day and work up some serious wood...

JB    Posted 01-16-2005 at 08:03:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
I built mine with stuff I had laying around. I used an old 20 Horse Wisconsin, A hydralic pump from a fork lift (20 gpm) and a 4 inch bore 2 foot stroke cylinder. The ram will travel forward in 5 seconds and back in 4 and a half. I bought a building collum for the beam and used a 15 gallon oil drum for a reservoir. This will split good until you kill the engine. Then come back tomorrow. I kind of thought the crude one I saw made from the baler was too dangerous.

Heck...    Posted 01-16-2005 at 08:39:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am still using an 8 pound maul, and a 12 pound sledge and wedges for the tough pieces...

Depending on the wood, I can split faster than most machines... ;-)

Salmoneye, Who Can See A Day When He Will Need A Splitter Of His Own

JB    Posted 01-16-2005 at 10:22:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
I used to be able to do that, then I got a little older a little lazier and maybe even a little smarter. Some of the stuff I will split is so twisted up you can not split it with a wedge. Or you will invest so much time into it, the wood will not be worth it. Then there is elm that you can bury a wedge in and the wood will not even think about splitting.

mike    Posted 01-16-2005 at 09:18:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
with my outdoor wood furnace if ya can pick the chunks up then they will go in the stove. very little splitting, except for start-up wood...

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