Chimney sweeping frequency for anthracite?

Chimney sweeping frequency for anthracite?

PostBy: lsayre On: Sun Nov 17, 2013 8:54 am

I'm in my third winter heating season, and I haven't swept out the chimney yet. I was just wondering how often the rest of my anthracite burning friends on this forum find it necessary to have their chimney swept out.
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (if I ever get it fixed)

Re: Chimney sweeping frequency for anthracite?

PostBy: titleist1 On: Sun Nov 17, 2013 9:06 am

The vertical i sweep twice per year, once in spring and once in fall. There is never a build up of fly ash in there though. The spring time is to minimize the ash available to react with humidity and the SS over the summer since i'd like to get another 20 some years of service out of it! The fall is to check for any critters that took up residence.

The horizontals get vac'ed out a 3 or4 times through the season. never really counted how many exactly since it is a quick poke with the vac wand through the baro opening at the end of the T.
titleist1
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman Mag Stoker (old style) one in basement, one in workshop
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III on standby for long power outages
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite; Nut/Anthracite

Re: Chimney sweeping frequency for anthracite?

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sun Nov 17, 2013 9:12 am

Larry, if you have never burned wood with that chimney the risk is minimal. With that said, after 3 years I think it would be good to sweep it and see what you get.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Coal Size/Type: Rice/buck
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy


Re: Chimney sweeping frequency for anthracite?

PostBy: Lightning On: Sun Nov 17, 2013 9:18 am

I couldn't see any build up of fly ash in my vertical sections of chimney. Just some laying in the bottoms of horizontal sections. I suppose over many years, depending on the quantity of coal and the appliance, fly ash could build up in the vertical sections too. Maybe?

Rob, I just noticed yer pic looks like mine... Er I mean, mine looks like yers :lol:
That is a cool photo. You take it yourself?
Lightning
 
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Clayton 1537G
Coal Size/Type: Nut Size / White Ash

Re: Chimney sweeping frequency for anthracite?

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sun Nov 17, 2013 9:22 am

I do mine every year & don't need some sort of didactic break down, to tell me it's the wise thing to do--just common sense ;) Now there's a dying art. :clap: toothy
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Chimney sweeping frequency for anthracite?

PostBy: Lightning On: Sun Nov 17, 2013 9:26 am

freetown fred wrote:I do mine every year & don't need some sort of didactic break down, to tell me it's the wise thing to do--just common sense ;) Now there's a dying art. :clap: toothy


Thanks for keeping things in perspective for us Fred :smoke:
Lightning
 
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Clayton 1537G
Coal Size/Type: Nut Size / White Ash

Re: Chimney sweeping frequency for anthracite?

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sun Nov 17, 2013 9:29 am

freetown fred wrote:I do mine every year & don't need some sort of didactic break down, to tell me it's the wise thing to do--just common sense ;) Now there's a dying art. :clap: toothy


Stainless chimney?
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Coal Size/Type: Rice/buck
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Chimney sweeping frequency for anthracite?

PostBy: titleist1 On: Sun Nov 17, 2013 9:31 am

freetown fred wrote:didactic break down


is that something like a nervous break down? :D
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titleist1
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman Mag Stoker (old style) one in basement, one in workshop
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III on standby for long power outages
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite; Nut/Anthracite

Re: Chimney sweeping frequency for anthracite?

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sun Nov 17, 2013 9:33 am

Exactly :clap: toothy Rob,you know better then that ;) double wall up top, attic & 6 foot above roof metal-- single black in living area & I sweep it every year--no pitting or anything negative topside--going on yr 4 with inside black pipe
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Chimney sweeping frequency for anthracite?

PostBy: lsayre On: Sun Nov 17, 2013 9:56 am

I routinely clean my flue pipe, but the tile lined chimney has yet to see sweeping. I guess it will need a sweeping when I shut down for the boiler clean-out next time. My chimney has only ever seen use for oil boiler service in the past and coal boiler service currently. It has never been exposed to a wood fire.
lsayre
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (if I ever get it fixed)

Re: Chimney sweeping frequency for anthracite?

PostBy: Lightning On: Sun Nov 17, 2013 9:59 am

di·dac·tic /dīˈdaktik/ adjective
1. intended to teach, particularly in having moral instruction as an ulterior motive.
Lightning
 
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Clayton 1537G
Coal Size/Type: Nut Size / White Ash

Re: Chimney sweeping frequency for anthracite?

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sun Nov 17, 2013 10:50 am

I never said I knew what the word meant, I just kinda like the look of it! Thanx Lightning :clap: toothy
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Chimney sweeping frequency for anthracite?

PostBy: titleist1 On: Sun Nov 17, 2013 10:57 am

yeah, the 'moral instruction' part of the definition was a dead give away that it was mis-applied.... :lol: :P
titleist1
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman Mag Stoker (old style) one in basement, one in workshop
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III on standby for long power outages
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite; Nut/Anthracite

Re: Chimney sweeping frequency for anthracite?

PostBy: franco b On: Sun Nov 17, 2013 11:06 am

Fred is an autodidact as are most members of this forum except when they learn from fellow members.
franco b
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: V ermont Castings 2310, Franco Belge 262
Baseburners & Antiques: Glenwood Modern Oak 114
Coal Size/Type: nut and pea

Re: Chimney sweeping frequency for anthracite?

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sun Nov 17, 2013 11:36 am

And that franco b, is the outstanding part of it all here--my Grandfather used to say "if you don't learn something new on a daily basis, you'd best get your head out of your butt".
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix