Ordella Adeneur. chimney ideas. March 30th , 2018.
Chimneys come in all shapes and sizes brick, stone, metal, or from a pipe to a wide opening and more. Some people use a chimney for a gas fireplace or a wood fireplace, some for a wood burning stove. All of them need the same things though, access to oxygen, protection from excessive elements like rain and wind, and a way to keep unwanted visitors out. All three of these needs can be met by having a cap, but choosing the right cap has everything to do with the type of chimney you have. To figure this out, climb up onto your roof, count the number of flues, often a square of stone or one or two metal pipes, and write down a good description of each. Do pipes stick up out of the base? How far? etc, and measure each with your handy tape measure. Or, if you are not feeling so daredevilish, ask your chimney sweep or other professional chimney service to come by and take a look for you.
Burning fires in a chimney leads to the accumulation of soot and creosote, a flammable, sticky substance that can cause chimney fires if it is not removed. Hiring a professional chimney sweep can get expensive, so if you use your fireplace frequently, consider picking up a few tools from the hardware store and cleaning your chimney yourself. This article provides instructions on three different methods for cleaning a chimney, as well as tips on chimney cleaning safety.
Set up the ladder and climb to the roof. Assuming you have ascertained that your roof is safe to stand on, and that you are comfortable doing so, set up your ladder right next to the house. Fill a satchel with the chimney brush and extensions, sling it over your shoulder, and climb the ladder.
Dissemble the brush and extensions, or detach the rope. Place the supplies in your satchel and climb back down the ladder. Clean the bottom of the chimney. Use the small wire brush to clean the bottom of the flue that you may have missed with the brush. Clean the chimney from the bottom up.
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