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Lite the log clean the chimney
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Kokanee    Posted 11-01-2003 at 18:59:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi My brick chimney is unlined making it impossible to get at all the creosote buildup.These logs that claim will clean your chimney as they burn are they all what they are cracked up to be?People seem to be buying them.
Of course the only way to clean your chimney is to get up there & sweep it but my chimney is unlined.My brush dosent get all of it.

I have heard    Posted 11-02-2003 at 03:26:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
that aluminum cans will help after its cleaned.
My dad said to burn 1 can every week or so. Nice hot fire that will eliminate the can. He had a wood stove that was connected to steel type pipe.
I have never done this, don't really now if it works. Just trying to help.

TB    Posted 11-01-2003 at 20:32:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi. As mentioned the best thing to do is to have it lined. I had mine done with a titanium alloy liner. I called the people that knows chimneys, a professional chimney sweep to have it done, and I am well pleased with it.
Without a proper liner it can be a real fire hazzerd.

I have used the logs in a pinch in the middel of winter when it was too dangerous to a proper cleaning, do to conditions and the pitch of the roof. They seem to work better than most of the other products and afterward I would run a swer snake up to knock things loose. (I know) But it got me back in busness. So thay are better than nothing, how much I can't say.

deadcarp    Posted 11-01-2003 at 20:08:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
yeah unless it's firebrick or some special construction, yer gonna get lotsa cracks in it by heating it up. then you'd be in real trouble with a chimney fire even if you kept a salt bucket up there handy. you can slide baked-clay liner sections down from the top and then drill/saw holes where you need them. a clean flue don't have to be real big :)
oh, in case you find a few old liner sections to break out, get some stiff cable (like 3/8") and fasten an off-center steel plate on the bottom end. then lower the mess into the chimney, chuck the cable in your drill motor, raise and lower it to where the obstructions are and it will rattle around in there and bust out the odd bits and they'll drop and be sitting down by the cleanout waiting for your bucket. lots faster than rattling a log chain.

earlschieb    Posted 11-01-2003 at 19:50:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Line the chimney is the best thing to do, then you can clean it. I don't think that the cleaning logs actually work, let alone help your problem.

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