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Posted: 10/9/2001 9:17:03 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/9/2001 9:26:43 PM EST
Now that is funny. Growing up, EVERYBODY burned pine. And yes everyone tended their wood pile properly. We had fun one year when my family won a cord of Aspen. Now that stuff burned hot. We really should have gotten the chimney sweeped before we burned it. No major damage, just didn't get to have a fire in the fireplace for acouple of weeks till we called the sweep. [;)]
Link Posted: 10/9/2001 9:29:46 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/9/2001 9:36:41 PM EST
Hey, I've been looking for someone to ask about this stuff. Moved into a rental house just one month ago, with a fireplace. I doubt the chimney has been swept in some time. How much time should I put in trying to get the owners to sweep it? (It's been a lot of hassle getting them to do just about anything.) It's not my house, so if they don't want to do it, I'm not worried about long term damage. Woried about short term fire.
Link Posted: 10/9/2001 9:49:10 PM EST
And I supose you are going to tell me that burning pallets in my garage is bad to. Gary
Link Posted: 10/9/2001 9:53:44 PM EST
ok Ive got a question. We ussually have a copuple of chiminy fires year which doest seem to cause much of a problem sence the stove connects to an exposed metal pipe not a brick chiminy now is that any differnt than having your chiminy swept? also the way we usually season fire wood is by cutting it in the spring and let it sit in a pile infront of the wood shed untell about september we let the sun shine on it and the rain rain on it is there something wrong with that? thanks
Link Posted: 10/9/2001 9:55:58 PM EST
In dryer climes like Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, etc, all you have to burn are conifers, although larch and Douglas-fir burn a lot better than ponderosa pine. Santyth, I'd advice a good swabbing before you even think of a fire. I've seen way too many people lose everything they have because they didn't take the time to clean the damn chimney. And if you have to do it yourself, sheesh.
Link Posted: 10/9/2001 10:03:53 PM EST
Huh ? I burn a presto log once every 3 years.
Link Posted: 10/9/2001 10:37:58 PM EST
Nice timely topic. (late) Tonight, I just finished downing three trees and clearing off the brush. I'm starting early this year w/ firewood, because I ran-out in January of last year. It was cold. I don't plan on getting, and staying, sick, because I'm too cheap to run the heat pump full-blast after I run out of firewood, like I did last year.z
Link Posted: 10/9/2001 10:40:07 PM EST
I love hedge and locust.
Link Posted: 10/9/2001 11:28:24 PM EST
Tell them that petrified wood is creosote free.
Link Posted: 10/10/2001 12:44:45 AM EST
That's why I burn plywood. Seriously, what's the going rate for chimney sweeping?
Link Posted: 10/10/2001 1:25:25 AM EST
$95.00 here in Fayetteville, NC for home service.....cheaper if you bring the chimney in.
Link Posted: 10/10/2001 2:09:28 AM EST
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This winter, we will use wood we cut and stacked last summer. The wood we have been cutting this summer and fall will be used next year. [:D] We use about 5 cords a winter and are always looking around for downed trees. We mainly burn Oak because that is the majority of trees around our house. Pine is too sticky to touch. heh. Covered wood eh? We let ours sit out and only cover during the winter months when it can rain/snow on them. Fires like dry wood. Sweep, next time can you adjust my satellite dish for better reception? "You're on my roof anyway" lol. [:o)]
Link Posted: 10/10/2001 3:10:44 AM EST
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Link Posted: 10/10/2001 3:28:11 AM EST
Sweep, could you answer a couple of questions for me? When I bought my house 15 years ago I hired a sweep to clean my wood stove flu. He said that since its a 12' staight run all I needed to do was to burn it hot avery now and then. That seemed to work fine. When I remodeled I took out the stove and installed a 48" pre manufactured fire place. with a 10" triple wall flu and I piped in two igniters in-line. I ran a new 3/4" gas line for it and that baby puts out a monster flame. I like the set up and it seems safe but I have never seen another one. I still burn a hot fire every now and then to clean out the flu and have never had a problem with my super igniter. Does this seem ok to you? Thanks. Andy
Link Posted: 10/10/2001 3:29:23 AM EST
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Link Posted: 10/10/2001 3:58:01 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/10/2001 4:12:13 AM EST by Sweep]
Link Posted: 10/10/2001 4:17:03 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/10/2001 5:44:46 AM EST
Thanks Sweep, great link. Answers a bunch of questions I was just about to ask.
Link Posted: 10/10/2001 5:50:17 AM EST
Sweep, My brother would have been your worst nightmare! He used to burn all kinds of construction debris in his fireplace. Pressure treated, painted wood, hardware...youname it, it got burned. We used to laugh at the nails and hinges that would glow in the bed of coals. Fire extinguisher? We don't need no stinkin' fire extinguisher! Until the chimney fire. The worst part was the firemen tramping through his white carpet with their muddy boots. Boy was his wife pissed. LOL. After the fire, he had to get a fireplace insert and flue liner since the damage was so great. Now, he only burns seasoned hardwood and has the sweep in every other year.
Link Posted: 10/10/2001 8:57:50 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/10/2001 9:08:09 AM EST
learn something new everyday
Link Posted: 10/10/2001 9:09:51 AM EST
Originally Posted By Sweep: Had one customer last year call me and said, "I'm burning my christmas tree in the fireplace and I'm out standing in my yard looking at flames coming out the top of my chimney. Is this normal?"
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ROFL!
Link Posted: 10/10/2001 9:22:42 AM EST
Do you know anything about those "Chimney Cleaning Logs" I saw them on the TV last week and was thinking about getting one. I just moved in a house and am concerned that it needs a cleaning.
Link Posted: 10/10/2001 10:03:32 AM EST
Originally Posted By Santyth:
Originally Posted By Sweep: Had one customer last year call me and said, "I'm burning my christmas tree in the fireplace and I'm out standing in my yard looking at flames coming out the top of my chimney. Is this normal?"
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ROFL!
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DOUBLE ROFLMAO!!!
Link Posted: 10/10/2001 11:30:42 AM EST
Reminds me of the time my granddad hauled a bunch of split firewood out to our ice fishing shack to burn in the small barrel stove. We came back the next AM and it was all stolen. Well, after cussing a bit and puffing on his pipe, granddad went home and hollowed out a nice piece of birch...filled it with gunpowder then used epoxy to close the end (as I watched in facination). We then proceeded to haul more wood out to the ice shack and neatly stack it...including the fore mentioned piece of birch. Conclusion: Two days later, there was an article in the local newspaper about a man who was seen running across the ice while on fire. I was only 10 at the time, but I'm sure there was a lesson in there somewhere. God bless Grandpa.
Link Posted: 10/10/2001 1:42:33 PM EST
Well I guess this is not a problem if you have moss growing in your chimney. Have only had one fire in fireplace in 12 years.
Link Posted: 10/10/2001 2:36:59 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/10/2001 2:42:49 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/10/2001 5:16:13 PM EST
I live in Oregon if you stand facing south too long it will grow on your ass.
Link Posted: 10/10/2001 6:36:12 PM EST
alfajim ill second that its currently pouring right now and my firewood is now wet
Link Posted: 10/10/2001 7:24:58 PM EST
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Link Posted: 10/10/2001 7:31:17 PM EST
Our average is around 36 inches in the Portland area.
Link Posted: 10/10/2001 7:36:20 PM EST
... why burn anything ... or what is this fireplace thingy in my living room for? ... [b]Sweep[/b] as much as we love you bro, stay away from southern [b]Arizona[/b] for business!!!!
Link Posted: 10/10/2001 8:06:24 PM EST
Damn, now I want to be a chimney sweep ! Chim chiminey chim chiminey chim-chim charoo ! I want Mary Poppins to sit on my flu
Link Posted: 10/10/2001 10:13:37 PM EST
What is the best kind of wood to burn in the fireplace to get womenz to be all friendly and stuff?
Link Posted: 10/11/2001 2:00:40 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/11/2001 8:14:49 AM EST
I bought my home back in 1997. It came with 4 outbuildings, including a wood shed (which was 1/2 full with an estimated 20 face cord of split and seasoned hardwood. I use the second half of the shed to season my freshly cut firewood. I remove the seasoned wood for current use and replace it with the fresh split wood to season for the next year I have had essentially no creosote buildup using the well-seasoned hardwood in my fireplace. I burn perhaps 3-4 face cord of wood a year in my fireplace. Not too efficient, but damn cozy. My furnace is a HS Tarm combo fuel oil and wood boiler, and was installed when the house was nearly new in the mid-late70's, when fuel oil prices were sky-high. I haven't used the wood part of the boiler, but is nice to have if the power ever goes south for an extended period of time, or fuel oil prices get unbearably high. I have all the firewood I could ever possibly need on my back hillside. Another real neat feature of my home is the water supply. I have both a gravity fed spring and a drilled well connected to the house. If the power goes out, all I have to do is open the valve to the spring.
Link Posted: 10/11/2001 8:19:38 AM EST
Here's another one for ya, Sweep. A friend of mine's dad, who was a mechanic, used to put used motor oil in the fire.. Not sure weather it was just to get rid of the oil or help the fire along. What kind words might you have for him? [;)]
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