I had the top of my chimmney replaced from just below the roofline up when I
had my roof replaced due to loose bricks and crappy flashing and my chimmney
was fine...Never been cleaned since 1966..I suspect they are feeding you a
line of BS...I have NEVER heard of cleaning a chimmney with just an oil
furnace or boiler on it...Just wood burning chimmneys twice a
Yes it does help. Your story and the other similar one.
This accounts for why the first chimney sweep for the fireplace didn't
even suggest that he clean the furnace chimney. I've wondered about
Still, in light of that bad year when I had all that soot in the stove
pipe, I think I should do it this once. It's only 125 or 170.
I also read that if there is no chimney cap, as there wasn't for a
couple months many years ago, the rain can get in and make sulfuric
acid out of the sulfer in the soot, but otoh this seemed to be mostly
about factory chimneys where they burned grade 6 oil. Grades 1 and 2,
used in homes, weren't mentioned as having much sulfur, but maybe that
is because the furnaces are smaller.
The first woman on the phone said that they could tell how much dirt
came out, but when the guys got here, they said yes for the fireplace
and no for the furnace. I said can't you just see how full the bag in
the vacuum is, but they didn't reply. So I may never know if it
needed it or not. And really, that's as important to me as getting it
cleaned is. I'm curious -- that's first, and I want to know if I
wasted my money, and if I hadnt' heard from you, I'd want to know if I
should do it again.
Do you think soot sticks work in the firebox itself? I've seen
furnace guys throw them in. One guy even used two, one after
I think that was at the end of their vacuuming the box, so that after
they got everything they could that way, they burned off as much as
No. They don't. They will produce soot but even this should not be an
issue if you have your oil burner
regularly maintained by a pro with the proper instruments to adjust the
combustion appropriately. I live
in a house built in 1960 with an oil fired boiler. My family has always
lived in houses with oil fired
heating equipment. I don;t remember any of use ever having an oil burner
flue cleaned. The smoke
pipe from the furnace or boiler to the chimney should be cleaned and
inspected as part of your annual
tune up. Chimney should be inspected every few years to make sure the
liner and brick are solid, but I
see no reason to clean it. If your burner isn't adjusted correctly then
you could have a soot problem, but
I would have a burner tech evaluate this, not a chimney cleaning company.
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