Best woodstove/fireplace liner creosote cleaner?

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  1. Medulla

    Medulla New Member

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    Hi, and well, that's my Q folks. My favorite chimney sweep left the area, soooo what can I use on a "1-season used" new liner w/out damaging it?
    Thanks, & really great site, this! ---M
     
  2. Cabin Fever

    Cabin Fever Life NRA Member since 1976 Supporter

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    If your liner/chimney pipe is made of stainless steel, it is recommended that you use a nylon-bristle (plastic?) brush to clean the chimney. The metal-bristle brushes are used on clay-lined and masonary chimneys.
     

  3. Medulla

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    ....a woodstove ingredient to add to the flames now & then.

    I'd kill my bad self clinbing ontop my roof. Yes it's metal, installed in 2003, was professionally cleaned last year, then a season of use....now, there aren't any more chimney sweeps in the area (or haven't found any).

    Thanks again!! ---M
     
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    Cabin Fever Life NRA Member since 1976 Supporter

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    IMHO, there is no “easy” substitute for properly cleaning a chimney with a chimney brush, expanding cage or logging chain (the last two are used on masonry chimneys only). Forget the chemicals and just make sure you do the following:
    1. Use well seasoned firewood
    2. Burn a real hot fire once a day for about 30 minutes
    3. Do not cut the fire’s air supply so much that the fire burns too cool.

    If it makes you feel better, throw some potato peelings in the firebox. There people who believe that this helps clean the chimney. Personally, I think it’s an old wives tale. (My apologies to you old wives out there.)
     
  5. Medulla

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    Hey thanks for the tips! The real hot fire once a day sounds like the plan.

    The tater trick sounds tasty too.... : ) ......M
     
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    Apology accepted! ;)

    But you need to know that those were not to clean the chimney---those were the first potato chips!!! :D

    Have a nice day!
    Jillis! (an old wife who is still in good working order)
     
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    In one of my Amish recipe books it says to throw salt in the fire to clean.
     
  8. bill not in oh

    bill not in oh Well-Known Member

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    A stiff brissle brush and some elbow grease is the only way to clean a chimney. The 'cleaning logs' are a quick way to get some $$$ out of your pocket - salt won't work. Hot fires create less creosote than smoldering/cool fires, but won't 'clean' a chimney unless you catch it on fire (which you don't want to do!). Buy the brush and clean the chimney every year.