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Wood Stove #950496
01/11/19 06:05 PM
01/11/19 06:05 PM
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My friend has a wood stove in his shop, he's getting A LOT of BUILD UP of CRESO in his stove pipe.
He said some told him to put a "aluminum can" in the fire, would stop it......I heard that "potato peels"
would do it......can't afford to buy anything (fixed income).......ANYBODY have some ideas?


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Re: Wood Stove [Re: bentnail200] #950497
01/11/19 06:12 PM
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He's running the stove too cold.
I have never heard of those two options for cleaning a chimney.
I have heard of some others but I don't know if they really work.

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Re: Wood Stove [Re: jdevlin] #950500
01/11/19 07:01 PM
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Originally Posted by jdevlin
He's running the stove too cold.

And/or using the wrong wood.

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Re: Wood Stove [Re: jdevlin] #950503
01/11/19 07:35 PM
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I've NEVER HEARD of "running a wood stove, TO COLD".....that's a NEW ONE for me!!


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Re: Wood Stove [Re: CabinConnection] #950504
01/11/19 07:37 PM
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He's living on a FIXED INCOME, he has to use the wood he can get!!


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Re: Wood Stove [Re: bentnail200] #950506
01/11/19 07:57 PM
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I suggest you Google "Causes for creosote buildup"

Cool flue temps, improperly seasoned and incorrect woods are the main contributors.

As also stated, I've never heard of burning aluminum cans as a way to get rid of creosote.

Sorry I COULDN'T BE MORE HELPFUL.

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Re: Wood Stove [Re: bentnail200] #950524
01/12/19 02:13 AM
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Originally Posted by bentnail200
I've NEVER HEARD of "running a wood stove, TO COLD".....that's a NEW ONE for me!!

If you choke the air input on a wood stove too much, the fire and smoke up the chimney are too cold. Combustion never completes and you get creosote building up on the cold walls of the chimney.

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Re: Wood Stove [Re: CabinConnection] #950525
01/12/19 02:14 AM
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Originally Posted by CabinConnection

Cool flue temps, improperly seasoned and incorrect woods are the main contributors.


I second that advice. And as far as removing creosote, I've tried all kinds of products, but the only thing that works is regular brushing, and I only found that out AFTER a chimney fire when the FD made me get an inspection from a licensed chimney sweep!


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Re: Wood Stove [Re: bentnail200] #950529
01/12/19 11:51 AM
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I have heard of burning a tin or aluminum can.
I do it every so often. Does it help? Dunno.
I burn seasoned hardwood.
Clean my own chimney each fall.
All I ever get is a half full 4"x6"x2" deep container.

One year, had no choice but to burn softwood.
Popular, box elder, pine.
Wood was seasoned, uncovered outside.
I saw no noticeable increase in the container next cleaning.
Was a lot more ash, needed more overall wood that winter,
compared to hardwood.

HTH...notnew...


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Re: Wood Stove [Re: bentnail200] #950531
01/12/19 12:34 PM
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Used to use my fireplace alot in winter before I realized what a waste of time and money it was. Looked nice, but MOST of the heat went up the chimney as it sucked in cold air to replace it. IMO a fireplace is for looks only. Haven't used it for 3 years.

Anywho, I used to start each season by burning a 'Chimney Sweep' log. Decided after about 8 years to check my chimney from the roof and see how bad it was. It was clean as a whistle (however clean whistles are). They work IMO.

I now see why each fall, when I opened the flew, a bunch of soot would fall into the fireplace. Stuff just wouldn't stick.


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