By Pete from Minneapolis, MN on February 10, 2014
I have a two story house with a jotul wood stove, 6" metal flue - a straight shot up, no offsets. Roof is a 14/12 pitch so it's too steep to climb up & sweep from the roof. Do you have a flexible rod set that I can push up from the stove? The rods would be screwed together as I push up each section and I'd need to make that 90 degree bend from the rods laying on the floor and then going vertical up the flue? As I pull down to remove, I'd unscrew each rod and store as they come out. Also, is the SBI 6" medium duty brush pretty flexible? I've used some poly brushes in the past that were really stiff and hard to reverse direction in the flue?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 11, 2014
In order to make a 90 degree bend, a nylon rod assembly will need to be used. Even the light duty fiberglass rods are incapable above making more than a 45 degree offset without the risk of breakage. A nylon rod assembly that will work is the SBI 4 Foot Nylon Chimney Rod - Box of Six
. Because they have 1/4 inch threads, an adapter is needed for use with a standard brush. The adapter is the SBI 3/8 Inch to 1/4 Inch Chimney Rod Adapter Kit
. Using a brush the same size as the chimney will indeed increase the ease of use, but you will need to make a few passes to ensure the chimney is totally clean. The best practice is to use a brush that is 1 inch larger, but it can indeed be difficult to reverse direction. The high flexibility of the nylon rods will also make cleaning more difficult as well.
By Bill Heider from Wilmington, DE on January 5, 2013
Is this for use with a stainless steel liner?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on January 6, 2013
Answer:This poly brush is a good match for 6-inch stainless chimney liners and Class A manufactured chimneys.