I am going to be installing a tall metal wood stove chimney which will be
11 ft. high from the roof. Note that my roof is also at about a 45 degree
slope, so I can't stand on the roof.
Needless to say, there will be no way to clean this chimney from the top
down without a high-lift.
I spoke to a lady who has a similar chimney and she said they had theirs
cleaned from inside the house - bottom up. Unfortunately, she was not home
when it was cleaned, so did not know how they did it.
The wood stove I will be purchasing will not allow cleaning from inside the
So how do you clean a chimney from inside the house?
I had one for years in my last house, heated only with wood - worked
great. Don't have a wood stove now (all solar/hydronic) though if I did,
I'd install one of these again.
You start out by desiging it inside-cleanable...
Put a "T" piece in, same size as your main flue.
For an "out the side/back" chimney:
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| |---| |
| | | |
| | ^----- Clean from here
For an "out the top" style:
/ ----| |
/ / | |
| | | |
----- ^----- Clean from here
In both cases, the lower arm of the "T" has a suitable cover that's kept
in place when the stove is fired.
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It is a long process but can be done. Take off the flue pipe from the
stove to the ceiling. Drill a 1 inch hole centered in the bottom of a
five-gallon bucket. Insert the first three-foot section of your
cleaning brush through the hole from the top-side of the bucket. Place
the brush in the flue and have a helper hold the bucket (the bucket
holds all the crap that falls down) against the ceiling. Add more
sections as you go until you reach the top and then reverse the
process. A good cleaning will take several cycles.
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