Dont forget to clean your chimney!!!

Dont forget to clean your chimney!!!

PostBy: ScubaSteve On: Sat Oct 22, 2011 7:39 pm

I just got done cleaning my chimney and to this day I still cant believe how much crud comes out!! How many times do you guys clean your chimneys and how many sweeps up and down do you all do with your brush? Cheers! :)
ScubaSteve
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Vermont Castings Vigilant II
Stove/Furnace Model: model 2310

Re: Dont forget to clean your chimney!!!

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sat Oct 22, 2011 7:54 pm

I just clean the flue pipe and whatever is in the chimney cleanout...no brushing.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Dont forget to clean your chimney!!!

PostBy: 2001Sierra On: Sat Oct 22, 2011 8:28 pm

I am embarrassed to tell what I found today :oops: :oops: For 28 years prior, I burned a Buderus hand fed. The first few years I used to sweep the chimney. I soon realized there was very little accumulation at the base of the chinmey after sweeping. So all I would do is vacuum the base and be done every fall. Well today I decided to sweep after 2 years of burning with the new Keystoker 90. I was amazed at the amount of ash at the thimble which is my cleanout. There had to be 2 gallons of ash vs a mere 2 quarts with the hand fed. Have others had the same experience?
2001Sierra
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90 Chimney vent
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Other Heating: Buderus Oil Boiler 3115-34
Stove/Furnace Model: Keystoker 90 Chimney Vent


Re: Dont forget to clean your chimney!!!

PostBy: SMITTY On: Sat Oct 22, 2011 9:40 pm

Been here 8 years & haven't cleaned it once. Just the connector pipe & the oil boiler's heat exchanger.

I'm afraid I'll knock the damn thing down if I run a brush through there. It's barely standing ...

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SMITTY
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - custom built by Jim Dorsey
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (not currently in use)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler

Re: Dont forget to clean your chimney!!!

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Sat Oct 22, 2011 9:47 pm

I brush huh mine out once a year. Usually in the spring. I use the brush until my arms get tired. Then i vacuum it out.
I'm On Fire
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machines DS-1600 Hot Air Circulator

Re: Dont forget to clean your chimney!!!

PostBy: ScubaSteve On: Sat Oct 22, 2011 10:43 pm

Holy Crap! Be careful breathing by that chimney!
ScubaSteve
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Vermont Castings Vigilant II
Stove/Furnace Model: model 2310

Re: Dont forget to clean your chimney!!!

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sun Oct 23, 2011 7:24 am

once at the end of every season--a couple full length brushings whether it looks like it needs it or not--- empty clean out, check cap & walla, ready for next season. :)
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Dont forget to clean your chimney!!!

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sun Oct 23, 2011 7:26 am

freetown fred wrote:once at the end of every season--a couple full length brushings whether it looks like it needs it or not--- empty clean out, check cap & walla, ready for next season. :)


Do you get much out of it? I can't imagine it is much more than a few handfulls of flyash.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Dont forget to clean your chimney!!!

PostBy: blrman07 On: Sun Oct 23, 2011 7:34 am

A stoker will put more flyash in your pipes and chimney that a hand fed. The stoker has a forced draft that will blow the lighter particles of ash into the pipes where a hand fed depends on draft. With a hand fed only the smallest particles will travel up into the pipes and chimney.
blrman07
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Bucket a Day
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Vigilant Casting 2310
Baseburners & Antiques: rebuilding a 1906 March Brownback Double Heater, using a UMCO 1920's Pot Belly stove in the church
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Wood in the VC and anything that will fit in the Bucket a Day. It's not fussy.

Re: Dont forget to clean your chimney!!!

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sun Oct 23, 2011 7:36 am

Mornin Rob, nope a couple handfuls pretty much covers it. Mornin Ivan :lol: Then it always seems a couple starlings get throught the cap,hang out for a while & leave. They get whatever I've missed. Gotta love em. :clap: toothy
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Dont forget to clean your chimney!!!

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sun Oct 23, 2011 7:53 am

Ivan has been up every hour since 1 am. :annoyed:

Back to the chimney, I don't even have a brush to sweep it :oops:. 32' of 8x12" flue, with an offset about 15' up. It does collect some flyash, but not enough to hinder performance.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Dont forget to clean your chimney!!!

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sun Oct 23, 2011 8:06 am

Hell, us old guys gotta do something after all the kids leave the nest. ;)
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix