We were at the cabin recently. The stove seemed not to be working
right. Every once in a while, it would make a huffing noise, which
actually sounded like gases igniting in the stove pipe. The pipe is 8"
or so, and runs 12 feet vertical over the stove, does a 45, then up to
the stack where it does another 45, then up 4-6 feet to the cap. It is
a MAJOR job to take this apart, and clean, as the access from the top is
like standing on the peak of a very steep roof. One would have to be
very experienced, as well as having climbing and tie off gear.
That would be the simplest way, tho, to climb on top, remove the cap,
and run a cleaner down through it. We may, though, set up two sets of
scaffolding, and do it from the inside, as we are too old to climb.
Maybe even bite the bullet, and hire it out.
Any info on what would cause the "huffing", or ideas on cleaning would
be appreciated. Any way it goes, it's going to be a pretty good sized