The logs do burn longer than if you just burned the dollar bills you paid
for them so yes, they are good.
Brushing is really not all that hard once you are up on the roof safely with
the brush and rods. You just start at the top and work down, adding
extensions as you go. Use about 15 to 18" strokes. Push, pull, repeat as
How often depends on how much you burn, types of wood, dryness of wood,
temperature, type of appliance (stove, fireplace, etc). In my case, once a
year from the roof is enough, but, during the course of the winter I'll take
the stove pipe off and clean the first couple of feet above the thimble with
a rod. That accounts for 90% of my buildup. That may or may not work for
you. Keep an eye on it every couple of weeks.
a weight(s) attached to the bottom than using rods. 3 old window weights
duct taped together is enough weight to pull the brush down my
chimney/fireplace flue from the roof. It's easier for me to handle the
weight, brush and rope than wrestle with an armful of extention rods on the
while your up there check chimney cap for condition.
I think having a PRO run a camera thru the flue every 5 years or so is
good insurance espically if your chimney isnt lined, thats just
better safe than sorry
Not really. Soot fastens to the chimney interior more
by mechanical means than chemical means -- so we
need mechanical action (with a stiff brush) to bring
soot down into the hearth, whence it can be removed.
Hardware stores sell chimney brushes to fit (two sizes)
and screw-in extension rods. I have only two extension
rods (4 ft. each) thus can reach only 8 feet up in this
two-storey chimney -- but think it worth brushing once
or twice in mid-season, besides summer-time cleaning
by professional sweeps. (I burn about 100 days a year.)
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