I need to clean the chimney for my wood stove before I start using it this
season. It's a Quadrafire 3100 with an all metal chimney, the pipe goes up
about 6 feet through the ceiling, and in the attic area it goes through 2 45
degree bends, out the roof, and then up another 6-8 feet or so into the air.
I can lift the pipe up off of the stove and clean the lower pipe, and I can
get a chimney cleaner from the local fire dept. Do I need to clean it above
the bend? Unless the chimney cleaner will go through the bends, I would have
to dissasemble them to get access to the upper pipe. Does anyone have any
practical advice to add about doing this?
Also, there is a large fir tree near the house, and the branches are growing
near to the chimney. Is there any rule of thumb about how close to the
chimney these branches can get before they need to be trimmed back?
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If there is stuff in there, yes, it must be cleaned. Fires don't really
care where they start. Not being able to see if from here, I can't tell
you what to do. In my case, 90% of my buildup is in the bottom of the flue
and reachable from inside te house. I still do the rest of it at least once
a year though.
Keep them far enough away that they won't get burned if some sparks or ash
gets out. I'd follow the same rules as a structure. I forget the exact
measure, but it is at least a 10' clearance.
I also find that cranking up the stove to very hot twice a day helps keep
creosote from forming.
The first time I cleaned out my chimney I got up on the roof and dropped
a rope holding a large bag of gravel down the chimney. I let it drop
slowly and pulled it up and let it fall a couple of times. Worked pretty
good. I've since bought a chimney sweep kit.
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