I've used oversized brushes on flues, just that it was on standard
built fire places. If you insert the brush all the way down, and have
a smoke shelf/air chamber, you can then pull the brush out, without
fighting with the upwardly bent brissles.
So, two things come to mind. If you are buying a brush for yourself,
then get one properly sized, get the dementions of your flue first.
Second, remember to sweep correctly, both for safety and cleanliness.
tom @ www.MyFastCoolCars.com
The idea, or plan I was taught, lossen the soot with bottom damper
closed, and then open the damper and clean the fire box. That was it.
Because the loose soot in flue would exit on the first fire.
The idea of vaccuming the inside of your flue sounds messy,
potentially dangerious, and unnecessary.
Now I'm not a chimney sweep, so understand that.
Not sure what you mean. I push all the ash down to the bottom. I can't
get to it coz I can't reach around the shelf .What else can I do except
remove it from the top? All the ash is not going to disappear on the
first fire, as far as I can see.
Tom The Great wrote:
Usually Iwould just reach up with a dust pan, and or foxtail, and
remove as much soot from the smoke shelf. The vacuum I used had a
hepa filter (very large) and I would move slow enough to allow zero
soot to exit my work space, so it was only used as an air cleaner. The
soot and ash was picked up manually into bags.
I'm explaining what I was shown to do, since I'm not too sure what you
want to do. In my experience, using a vacuum to pickup up soot/ash
quickly (almost immediatly) clogged the filter, and made it useless.
So two hands, a dust pan/foxtail, and bags were used.
tom <== Not A Professional Chimney Sweep
Tom - I can't reach through the damper in the insert to get to the
shelf. I would have to remove the insert.
Anyway, I lugged my vacuum (6.5 HP Rigid) up to the roof and put the
tube down 17' to the fireplace, and sucked out a good galon sized load
of ash. Brush cleaned the pipe first, came out nice and clean. I am
happy with this, and sitting in front of a roaring fire right now :)
Tom The Great wrote:
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