Easy chimney pipe cleaning

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Jim S
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Location: Central NY in a 1865 farmhouse on top of an unobstructed ridge
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska 140 Dual Feed
Coal Size/Type: Rice

Post by Jim S » Sun. Jan. 29, 2023 1:06 pm

It's probably not advisable for a pipe through a finished area, but an old dirt basement, it worked for me. I have an 18' run from my furnace to my chimney, so that's already a challenge. I have to have a draft inducer, which you can see in one photo. I put Tee at the furnace, where I originally had an elbow. I put my controller on low idle, then I shopvaced as far as I could reach, then I opened my chimney cleanout door, and used an electric leaf blower in the Tee, and gently tapped on the bottom of my pipe, the entire length, with a rubber hammer handle, until no ash came from the cleanout. Fine flyash dust did escape at joints, so I'm going to work on sealing them better. The whole process took maybe 10mins,without shutting down. It seemed to work great this time, but if anyone sees an issue with this, please let me know. PS: No I don't drink that Lite. It's some old-school beer bottles that I have used for bottling my homemade cider. :D


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Post by davidmcbeth3 » Mon. Feb. 06, 2023 4:09 pm

Why not get a chimney sweeping kit with a brush..then brush and vacuum.

Your method seems like a quick and easy one. Suitable for mid-season use.

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