...get the stovepipe temp up to about 500º for about 30 seconds, and burn the soot out of the stove and the connecting pipe...
I am concerned about revving my stove up like this. I think need to sweep my chimney. I have a fairly steep metal roof and I'm not sure how to get up there without killing myself!
The flue was used for coal from the 1920s-1959, oil from 1960-2006, unused from 2007-2010.
I started burning coal in Dec 2011. In the past year, I have burned about 2.5 tons of anthracite, about 600 lbs of Valier bitty, and about 1 face cord of wood, almost all of the wood in Dec 11/Jan 12.
Can 1 face cord of wood create enough creosote to cause a chimney fire? Or am I being too paranoid?