By Chatham Murray from Athens, GA. on August 30, 2012
I have a stainless steel pipe/liner (with an elbow) running from my wood stove to the chimney opening. The pipe has been cleaned of loose creosote, but there remains glazed creosote inside the pipe. I have a chimney brush and pole. My stove is air tight.
Will the chains dent or damage the pipe? What configuration is the drill and extension cord if the chains are to be lowered 20 feet on the pole? (that is, does the drill with chains dangle?) The pole will bend at the elbow. Your picture appears to have a threaded end. I guess the chains attach here. How is the drill attached?
I'm a 70 year old woman and have been cleaning this wood stove for 20 years myself. Now my family won't let me go up to the roof. After all this time, I probably know more than most people I would hire to do this.
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on August 30, 2012
Answer:This particular creosote removal system uses button lok rods, which snap into the female end of this tool and have corresponding locking buttons to attach to one another. The starting rod will have one that that has hexagonal flats machined onto it. This allows the chuck of a standard 1/2" drill to grab onto the rod and spin the assembly. It is recommended to clean from the top down and let the entire assembly dangle, however the system can be cleaned from the bottom as well.
The rods are manufactured of steel and are only slightly flexible, as this system is designed primarily to clean a masonry flue. Unless you are using a heavy gauge liner, I would not recommend this system as it can damage the liner over time, causing the seams to unravel.
By Ron from ME on October 28, 2013
What size drill does it take? Does it come in a kit?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on October 29, 2013
Answer:This item can be used with an electric drill that has a 1/2 inch, 3 or 4 jaw chuck. The item is sold separately from the prokleen chimney rods that it must be used with.