Once You Go Lumberjack

First time sweeping on my own

Discussion in 'Modern EPA Stoves and Fireplaces' started by jtstromsburg, Oct 7, 2017.

  1. jtstromsburg

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    Moved in March of 16. Hired it swept that summer so I knew what I was dealing with as I’m a new burner.
    Boy does a guy learn a lot in a year. From this and that other forum, I knew to get ahead on wood and so had begun to css in 14. Still some of my wood wasn’t quite where I needed it to be. The other thing I changed about the setup that i THINK cause some issues was adding a screen to the cap. The guy I bought the place from had burned with this setup since 89ish and it didn’t have a screen. I thought it should to keep birds and such out, but some of you may remember my problem getting draft and fires started beginning in December. Christmas night I smoked the house something horrible and removed the completely clogged screen the next day. All went well after that.
    Today I climbed up to do the dirty deed and removed the cap, finding it and the top few inches fairly heavy with creosote. Just from the cap alone was over 2 cups. That was what fell as I removed the cap and what I cleaned off of it. After sweeping, I had about 3/4 of an ice cream bucket of creosote. Nothing was real tar like. It and off easy but I found my sweep was too large. I cut the nylon bristles off, but it was still too tight in my opinion.
    Next year will be better! Weather here in central Nebraska has been very wet the last couple weeks. Today and tomorrow are 70, but Turning to upper 40’s and lower 50s for highs with night time temps upper 30s. I think I’ll have a first fire Monday evening. My wife is ready for one anyways.
    Picture of my bucket of flamables
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    Nice work jt :yes:
     
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    Good job! Doesn't look to chunky or shiny!
     
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  5. jtstromsburg

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    Cold enough for me

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    Most find that sweeping really isn't that difficult of a task. Dirty, but not difficult.
     
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    Wasn’t even that dirty as, unfortunately, my chimney is almost all exterior as it’s a basement install with the stovepipe going outside undergrade into a sort of window well with a T in it. So pull the plug,, set a box under it, and scrub from the top down.
    Getting up on the roof is fairly easy too.



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    No doubt many times you may get by with just cleaning that top foot or so of the chimney as that is probably where most of the black crap came from.
     
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    OK how many gallon is that bucket? and are you on three year plan? once I had dry wood I measure in cups not buckets!
     
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    I think the bucket was a standard 1.03gal pail and I’m not quite to the three year plan but hope by the end of this year to be. Hoping to get to cups as well.


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    I did mine today as well. I counted about 16 oz of light grey fluff. Some creosote chips could be heard falling when the brush reached the top but all in all a good report.
     
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    I will go back to brushing the flue twice a year because last week’s cleaning (first time going a whole year) got about 3 quarts of stuff looking much like your picture. Our chimney is not an engineered system like the insulated class-A flues which seem to do an amazing job against buildup when burning dry wood properly in an EPA stove.
     
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