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Tater peels to clean chimney
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I guess    Posted 02-06-2005 at 16:28:09       [Reply]  [No Email]

The post below about a possible chimney problem brought this to mind. When peeling taters for the church Christmas social this year, one of the guys said that he wanted all the peels. So I ask if he was going to plant them this year but he laughed and said No I am ging to clean the chimney for my wood stove. Well he took them and later reported his chimney was as clean as new. He had just thrown them into the stove to burn. I have never heard of this before and do not know why it would clean the chimney. Has anyone ever tried this and why does it work. This was the peels from 50 pounds of taters and he put them in the stove one half at a time with a few hours seprating.

sawtooth    Posted 02-06-2005 at 20:00:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
That sounds like one for the "Mythbusters" tv show. I haven't tried it but don't see how it would work. Where would the soot go? Burn off? That would be scary. And why would 'tater peels burn hotter than wood to accomplish this? AND if it was true why isn't it better known? I don't think anything will be a brush.

toolman    Posted 02-06-2005 at 16:53:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
i have heard of it before and have done it but i don,t know if it works, i used to get up there with the brush clean the chimney and drop a trouble light down it to inspect it, make sure it was clean and in good repair, something i wasn,t comfortable taking chances on.

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