I need to clean the exterior roof pipe of my wood stove. How do I remove the cap from the six inch pipe?
By eFireplaceStore on November 19, 2014
Almost all prefabricated chimney systems use a twist lock style of cap that can be removed by turning the cap counter clockwise and then pulling up. Some installers will run a fastener into the outer wall of the cap to hold it in position as well.
By Mike from Avon, CT on January 13, 2014
I had previously bought and used a product to clean my chimney that was a small bottle with a wick dipped into it and burned for a long period of time. Do you have such a product?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on January 14, 2014
Hi, we have a 1930 chimney that I just clean with a BBQ grill product, thinking that it would do. But I didn't get the result expected. I was wondering if there is any product that can restore that brick better than that.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on March 4, 2014
For heavy soot buildup in a masonry fireplace, normal hearth cleaning products will usually not dissolve the creosote fully. Muriatic acid is the best product to use for removing creosote and soot buildup from firebrick. You will need to use chemical resistant gloves, a mask, and eye protection when working with this product. While a bit difficult to work with, it does yield the best results by far.
By Gregg from Seattle, WA on March 2, 2013
I need about 20 feet of cleaning rod for my brush with a 5/8 inch thread. Do you have rods or an adapter?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on March 4, 2013
While we do offer a large variety of chimney rods, they are available only in 1/4, 3/8, 3/4, and 7/8 inch sizes. The 5/8 inch rods are definitely not a common size and I currently do not have adapters available for them. Just to be certain, I would double check the thread size of the brush. The 3/8 brushes are by far the most common size.
By Fred from Blairstown, NJ on November 3, 2013
I need a very strong creosote remover for my wood stove & chimney in a 5-10 lb container. Do you have anything?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 4, 2013
I am looking to clean my chimney. The flue is rectangular but does that mean that should buy a rectangular brush the exact size as the flue or one just a bit smaller?
By eFireplaceStore on September 30, 2014
It is actually correct to buy a brush that is slightly larger than your chimney flue. The brush will flex and apply pressure to the flue walls, yielding a more effective sweeping action. One inch over size in length and width is the standard.
By Chris from Virginia Beach, VA on September 25, 2013
I have a masonry fireplace with a rectangular throat with an inner dimension of 10 1/2" X 15 5/8". It's about 9 feet from the top of the flue to the flue damper. I am looking to clean this myself and would like to buy the equipment to do so, but I have a few questions. What size brush should I get? Is 12 X 16 too big? Also, would round wire be sufficient or is it worth spending the extra money on a flat wire brush? I would need to purchase the rods as well. What diameter rod should I purchase? This is for my own use and would be used once a year.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on September 25, 2013
For your application, a 12 x 16 brush will indeed be the closest size available. The brush will fit with some effort, but you may want to trim the 12 inch side down by 1/2 of an inch to make sweeping easier. An item such as the 12-Inch x 16-Inch Rectangular Master Sweep Round Wire Brush Head with 3/8-Inch NPT Connector will last you for years. A flat wire brush is really only necessary for extremely heavy stage 3 creosote deposits that you see in a long neglected chimney.
I have a insert wood pellet stove. The exhaust pipe is 3 inches in diameter and approximately 20 feet long made of flexible stainless steel. The exhaust pipe is single layer and runs up the masonry lined chimney. What type of chimney brush do you recommend for cleaning the 3 inch exhaust pipe?
Should a chimney cleaning brush be the same size as the flue pipe or should it be oversized for cleaning friction?
on November 9, 2012
It is best to match a brush to your pipe diameter. A 6" round flue takes a 6" brush. Over-sizing the brush results in the brush bristles folding over which reduces their cleaning ability.
By Craig from Rochester, MN on November 24, 2012
I have a wood stove with a 6" stainless steel chimney pipe. From the cap it is straight down towards the stove and measures 12 ft. It then does a 45 degree bend, goes approx 18-24 inches, and then does an opposite 45 degree bend and then is straight for 4 ft to the stove.
What would you recommend for a cleaning rod(s) connected together that would reach the entire length and be flexible enough to get through the bends? Also, what would you recommend to brush the stainless chimney pipe?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 26, 2012
I would recommend a plastic bristle brush for your application, such as the Schaefer Plastic Round Chimney Cleaning Brush. This will clean the flue without damaging the inner lining, as can happen with the more abrasive metal brushes.
By Jason from Portland, OR on June 30, 2013
Can I use Rutland PB-6P50 brush to clean a stainless steel flue with a 6" in diameter. What rods do I need?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on July 1, 2013
The Rutland PB-6P50 is indeed the correct type of brush for sweeping a metal chimney and will fit most standard 3/8" threaded rods. For a once a year cleaning, the Rutland Heavy-Duty Fiberglass Chimney Rod - 5 Foot would be excellent rods to use, as they are tough enough for taller chimneys, yet are a much lower cost than other brands.
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