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10/1/14 @ 7:58 PM
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BugleTrout
BugleTrout
User since 9/27/01
The house I just bought has a wood burning fireplace. There's no insert but the flue (sp?) is all steel according to the house inspector. Do I need to have the chimney swept? The house was not terribly well maintained so I assume it's not been done I a few years. Thanks.

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12/24/17 @ 4:57 PM
BugleTrout
BugleTrout
User since 9/27/01

H2F,

That was my original post from a few years ago.  I was asking about a loose damper this time.  But I appreciate the reply.

12/24/17 @ 4:50 PM
haf2fsh
MEMBER since 6/23/01

Generally speaking, fireplaces burn hot enough with a straight up chimney  that they need little cleaning, but it wouldn't hurt since your a new owner. Like someone said before sometimes birds have a habit of building  nests in top of chimneys. If you use good dry wood shouldn't have any problems.

12/24/17 @ 4:34 PM
BugleTrout
BugleTrout
User since 9/27/01

I'm back.

The damper in my chimney is operated by a lever at the top of the firebox.  I believe it's called a throat-style damper from what I've read on the interwebs.  The damper has become loose so it's either closed or wide open.  It won't hold in a partially closed position.  Is there a way to tighten that up or do they just wear out?  Figured I'd ask here before I start digging around and get covered in soot.

10/3/14 @ 12:58 PM
'Eye Catcher
User since 6/15/01
Well I will inspect it soon as it's getting cold and the wife likes her fire hot!

Thanks guys.

10/3/14 @ 9:28 AM
'Eye Catcher
User since 6/15/01
I have a gas insert in my fire place. I have never had mine cleaned. Do I need to?

10/2/14 @ 12:53 PM
swamp people
swamp people
User since 5/14/12
Avoid pine all together it has no heat value, it also has a high ash content, if you have an open face fire place, it pops and sparks sending hot embers out on to the floor, a cord of pine weighs around a ton a cord of oak weighs twice that and has very little ash content. Save the pine for the fire pit out back. The key to healthy chimney is to keep it hot, good dry hardwood, and don't let the wood smoke a lot by closing the damper

10/2/14 @ 11:03 AM
the_dude
the_dude
User since 1/10/03
DO NOT burn pine.

As an avid wood burner, I understand this sentiment. However, this should be modified to read "DO NOT burn pine if it isn't properly cured." Pine is fine to burn, as long as it is good and dry. All woods should be properly cured before burning, but wet pine is what will give you fits.

10/2/14 @ 10:27 AM
Igor
User since 6/20/01
Bugle: Don't worry about falling. The fall itself is nothing, the rapid deceleration at the end however is not good! I do roofing on weekends so heights don't bother me.

Seriously, I use my fireplace 2-3 times a week October through April and my chimney is clean. I know because I check it every year and in the 10 years we've been in the house, have yet to need a cleaning. I don't burn cardboard, limit newspaper for starting, and only burn popple, birch, oak, & walnut. DO NOT burn pine.

10/2/14 @ 9:58 AM
DLAMA2
DLAMA2
User since 5/1/05
I burn wood for heat all winter. If the pips is stainless steel make sure you do not use newspaper to start a fire, use the starter sticks. This is what I was told as the paper does something to the stainless when burned? Plus it is easier.

Depending on how cold the winter is, plus I can tell by the draw will dictate how many times I clean my stove pipe over the winter but I do clean it around the end of Sept every year to make sure nothing has made a nest in there.

10/2/14 @ 9:48 AM
swamp people
swamp people
User since 5/14/12
I only heat with wood the more often you clean it the easier it is. Most wood burners have black pipe inside take it outside take it apart and clamp a pair of vice grips on the round cleaning brush clamp on to the loop side not the threaded side the vice grips make a great handle if you have extreme build up put the threaded end of the round brush on a electric drill and power clean also wear good gloves lots of sharp edges

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