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Posted: 12/20/2005 4:38:39 AM EDT
Think these things actually work? Or is it better to just have some one come out and do it?
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 6:27:54 AM EDT
Not even an I like pie vote? Whats going on around here I leave for 2 days and when I come back no one likes pie?
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 1:53:13 PM EDT
I asked "Sweep", a member here who was a chimney sweep, about the product once. His reply was negative, but I don't remember specifics. You might be able to search for the posts in the archive.
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 1:56:20 PM EDT
You have a flammable substance coating the inside of your chimney.

You have a log that burns REALLY hot and REALLY high.

You have a chimney that probably has not been inspected by a pro in years.


Are you insured?....

Yes...GO FOR IT!!!

No... Get insurance then....GO FOR IT!!!!
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 2:36:22 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/20/2005 2:38:49 PM EDT by op_rod]
I have been told by people who own stoves that they reduce the buildup in the flue a great deal but that the manufacturer (whose name escapes me right now) strongly urges that you not toss one in to clean out a lot of creosete because of chimney fires.

EDIT:

www.chimneysweeponline.com/hocslog.htm

And the stuff I was thinking of was made by Rutland and called Safe-T-Flue. Again, it works a little. But don't push your luck.
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 2:58:19 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/20/2005 2:58:39 PM EDT by wildearp]
Chimney sweep tools are cheap at Ace Hardware. However, prepare for a huge mess. I may try it later this year, but if a pro is cheap enough, I will just have it done. Being free of black soot in the house may be worth every penny.

Lesson of the day regarding flue fires:

Throw a bag of ice into the fireplace. The steam will put out the fire, if you notice it in time.
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 3:03:11 PM EDT
They don't replace sweeping. They can reduce the frequency of needing to sweep (kind of like chewing some gums can be a substitute for brushing your teeth temporarily), by reducing build up, but you still need to sweep.
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 3:07:04 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/20/2005 3:08:35 PM EDT by op_rod]
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 3:57:38 PM EDT

Originally Posted By scrum:
They don't replace sweeping. They can reduce the frequency of needing to sweep (kind of like chewing some gums can be a substitute for brushing your teeth temporarily), by reducing build up, but you still need to sweep.



+10,000,000,000,000,000,000,00­0,000.

Nothing that is even remotely safe, will replace mechanical cleaning of a chimney.
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 4:01:09 PM EDT
I use it twice a season (winter) burn the log and for weeks everytime you start a fire band the flue before you light it and alot of crud will fall out, it works good!!!
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