chimney cleaning with insert

chimney cleaning with insert

PostBy: smiley On: Tue Nov 27, 2007 10:14 pm

I've been searching the forum and not finding anything on chimney cleaning where an insert is used in an existing clay tile lined chimney. I found several posts on installing them with the flex pipe extending 5-6 ft into the chimney, but how do you clean that sucker? As far as I can see the soot/creosote will fall on top of the insulation and lay there creating a real fire hazard. Especially if burning a lot of wood, as I intend to do spring and fall, with coal in the winter to hold the fire overnight.
I had just about decided against corn/pellet because of the daily cleaning routine and electric requirement but, if I've got to yank a wood/coal insert to clean it, I may rethink this whole thing..
Your advice will be appreciated,
Smiley
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Stove/Furnace Make: Antique Glenwood coal/wood/gas

Re: chimney cleaning with insert

PostBy: LsFarm On: Tue Nov 27, 2007 10:34 pm

Well if you are burning only anthrcite coal, you wouldn't have to worry about cleaning untill springtime. But burning wood makes it a different situation. If you only burn a very hot wood fire with very dry wood and don't try to cut back the air to the wood to create a long burn, then very little if any creosote will be created or depostied in the chimney.

However with the danger of creosote fires I would try to find a chimney cleaner/sweep who can clean your chimney from the top and clean up the creosote without removing the insert.

Hope this helps.

Greg L
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Re: chimney cleaning with insert

PostBy: acesover On: Tue Nov 27, 2007 11:39 pm

smiley
I pulled my insert every year to clean the chimney and smoke shelf a real pain(600lbs). This year I installed a flex tube to the top of my chimney and should be able to just remove the tube from my insert, tie a coal bag around it, go up to the top and sweep it out. I'm hoping this will work as this is my first year with the tube.
acesover
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Stove/Furnace Make: Baker
Stove/Furnace Model: insert, modified


Re: chimney cleaning with insert

PostBy: smiley On: Tue Dec 04, 2007 6:02 pm

acesover,
I'd be real interested to know how you make out with the tube, or hear from others with the same setup. I don't relish the idea of pulling several hundred pounds of iron several times a year to clean a smokeshelf. Especialy since my hearth is elevated about 14 inches above the floor.thanks,
Smiley
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Stove/Furnace Make: Antique Glenwood coal/wood/gas


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