IceDog wrote:should I be cleaning the stove and chimney, and what's the best way?
It's imperative you clean out the flue pipe and the bottom of the chimney. Fly ash will accumulate in both and eventually block it preventing the gases from escaping then you get dead. I try not to beat around the bush where this is concerned
Use a mirror to look up the chimney itself to make sure you have no obstructions but you don't need to clean it. If you want to feel safe do it every decade or so..