Canadian sweeps and fire chiefs seem to agree:
1. Better than nothing
2. Not so good as professional brushing.
The theory is that chemical action causes
creosote to flake off the flu walls and fall
down to the bottom.
Carlsbad Springs (Ottawa, Canada)
As a rule, clean your chimney's once a year. Chimney cleaning kits don't
cost alot, and once you've figured it out, it only takes an afternoon to
clean a couple chimneys, and youself after the fact.
If you are burning softwood (evergreens) then think about cleaning more
often - they produce more sap, which makes more creosote.
As a side issue... Cleaning your chimney when it isn't needed is a lot
less expensive than repairing a house fire.
What it is the reasoning behind that?
I use my fireplace about twice a year, and my wood stove about 6 times.
(seasoned hardwood only)
That is maybe 5% of a heavy user. Shouldn't I be able to let several years
go between cleanings?
besides the creosote that can still get into the chimney with burning
seasoned hardwood, there is also the possibility of leaves etc getting into
the chimney from up top. And if you use anything as kindling instead of
hardwood there is more creosote than you think.
All this infomation came from my father who had a NASTY flue fire when he
was younger... did a lot of damage to the house. The fire department told
him that no matter how muc he used his stove/fireplace it should be swept
once a year at the least... Didn't have to be "professionally" done... was
told he could buy a kit and do it on his own, but it should be done...
Sorry for the long post
This is really a simple job, too... I think the steel brush needed can
be had at Home Despot for ~$10. Besides that, you need a couple
lengths of rope and a weight (I use an old sash weight, but anything
heavy enough to pull a rope down the chimney would work). Get up
on the roof, drop the weighted rope down the chimney, and tie on the
brush, and another length of rope. Go back inside and pull the brush
through, using the rope. Get back on the roof, and pull the brush
back out through the top. That's it, you're done for another year!
On Mon, 3 Nov 2003 18:41:44 +0000 (UTC), firstname.lastname@example.org
(Kelly E Jones) wrote:
If you have a cleanout door, you can buy fiberglass rods and do it
from the ground. It's a whole lot easier and safer than going up on
the roof and you are likely to do it more often. Those rods will
take some amazing turns into a cleanout door, around a corner, and
up the chimney.
How often you need to clean depends on the height and composition
of the chimney, how much you burn, and how hot the fire gets. Get
a brush and go with "better safe than sorry".
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