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Its getting to be the season to sweep those chimneys
« on: September 28, 2016, 11:23:25 am »
   Just a seasonal reminder - for many of us it is getting cooler and we will be wanting a fire in the heater or fireplace soon. Be sure to inspect and clean your chimneys. I got up on top of the house and cleaned ours this morning and got over 2 gallons of crud out of it. Below is a picture of a chimney fire we spotted up the road last year. Fortunately this one burned itself out without burning the house down but you can see where it got hot enough to crack the mortar in a place or too. I hope they got it properly repaired before they try to use it again this year.

 

 
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Re: Its getting to be the season to sweep those chimneys
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2016, 01:28:34 pm »
 :o  That chimney certainly did not have flue tiles.   ::)
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Re: Its getting to be the season to sweep those chimneys
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2016, 04:13:53 pm »
:o  That chimney certainly did not have flue tiles.   ::)

   This is true. It had a wood heater connected to it and enough air gaps we could not smother down the fire. I have no idea how old the house was. The owner was bout 90 y/o and has lived there a long time.
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Re: Its getting to be the season to sweep those chimneys
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2016, 06:42:01 am »
 One chimney fire we had totaled the flue, we replaced it with a stainless steel one. 25' one tee to hook to the furnace and a roof cap was just over $600. It's round and a lot easier to clean. We clean our 4 times a yr.
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Re: Its getting to be the season to sweep those chimneys
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2016, 08:23:35 am »
One chimney fire we had totaled the flue, we replaced it with a stainless steel one. 25' one tee to hook to the furnace and a roof cap was just over $600. It's round and a lot easier to clean. We clean our 4 times a yr.

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   I had a similar experience in Jacksonville NC when I was stationed at Camp Lejeune there. They repaired with a stainless steel liner. I had one installed here when we moved in and you are correct - they are much safer and easier to clean.

   I worked a project in Kristiansand Norway a few years back and Norway uses a lot of wood heat (use lots of small individual room wood  heaters with small pieces of mostly birch firewood) and their community "counsels" would establish a schedule and come clean the chimneys in the area. No option - you had to be there to get your chimney cleaned. The houses were wood and close together and they did this because one fire could easily take down 5-6 adjacent houses.
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