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    Chimney Cleaning Tools - Chimney Brush, Kits, & More

    Every home with a chimney needs the right chimney cleaning products. From your ideal chimney brush to more chimney cleaning tools, there's no time like the present to stock up. You can go far beyond acquiring the average chimney sweep brush with our impressive inventory. Different-shaped soot and creosote brushes, chimney screws, chimney cleaning solutions, creosote removal tools, and more chimney cleaning tools help give you the best results possible. Let's face it, operating a fireplace is a dirty business. Don't let dangerous creosote, soot, or other blockages ruin your winter - get ahead of the game with the appropriate chimney cleaning products from our wide selection. Start the process by obtaining some of the basics from, like the August West Stage One Creosote Remover - 2 lb. Tub or the Rutland August West Clean and Brite Cleaner product for removing dirt, creosote, and smoke stains from masonry and glass without leaving scratches behind. For a stage 2 creosote remover, consider the A.W. Perkins Stage Two Creosote.

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    David A Snyder
    from Lykens, Pennsylvania asked:
    January 18, 2017
    I have the Viper GFX Extra Large Chimney cleaning system, and have a 5 inch stainless steel chimney liner that is used to vent a coal boiler that I have to clean. I found the 6 inch plastic brush to fit the Viper, but can't seem to find the recommended 7 inch plastic brush that will fit the Viper to clean the chimney. I don't know if they don't make one or if it's just not listed. If you don't have one could you please advise as to what I should use to clean the chimney.
    1 Answer
    There will not be a 7" brush, so I recommend purchasing an 8" brush and trimming this down to 7".
    Will M.
    on January 18, 2017

    from Getzville, NY asked:
    September 29, 2016
    I have a wood burning fireplace insert with a 6" stainless steel double wall chimney about that is about 33 feet tall. What is the best product/kit for cleaning this chimney pipe?
    1 Answer
    For a factory built stainless chimney system, only a poly brush such as the Rutland Professional's Choice 50 Round Poly Chimney Cleaning Brush - 6 Inch Diameter with the Rutland Heavy-Duty Fiberglass Chimney Rods. These heavier duty rods will be strong enough to push the brush the entire length of the chimney from the bottom up without issue.
    Chris C.
    on September 29, 2016

    from Yarmouth, ME asked:
    January 6, 2016
    What chimney cleaning brush should I use on my Secure Temp 6" ID chimney pipe?
    1 Answer
    For a 6" pipe, you will want to go with a brush that is either 6" or slightly larger, such as the AW Perkins 6 Inch Round Wire Chimney Brush with 1/4 Inch Point Thread.
    Brennan W.
    on January 6, 2016

    from Rutland, MA asked:
    December 2, 2015
    I have two 8x8 chimney flues for my boiler and downstairs wood burning stove and a 12x12 that is being lined for a wood burning fireplace insert. I am in search of the necessary products to clean these chimney flues. They are also mostly straight without any hard bends. When the insert adapter piping needs to be cleaned I plan on removing them from the unit and chimney flue. What would your recommendations be?
    1 Answer
    If the flues for the boiler and stove are not lined with flexible stainless and remain terracotta, a wire brush that is over-sized by 1" should be sufficient. The 9-Inch x 9-Inch Square Master Sweep Round Wire Brush Head with 3/8-Inch TLC Connector will be sufficient for these flues, while wire would scratch any relined chimney, where only poly brush heads should be used. Assuming you are using 6" corrugated stainless chimney liner for the wood insert, you would follow the same rule of thumb for over-sizing, but select a poly brush head like the SBI 7 Inch Medium-Duty Round Poly Chimney Brush.
    Will M.
    on December 2, 2015

    from Clay, NY asked:
    April 15, 2015
    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?
    1 Answer
    Brennan W.
    on April 16, 2015

    from Jefferson, OR asked:
    November 18, 2014
    I need to clean the exterior roof pipe of my wood stove. How do I remove the cap from the six inch pipe?
    1 Answer
    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.
    on November 19, 2014

    from Seattle, WA asked:
    September 30, 2014
    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?
    1 Answer
    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.
    on September 30, 2014

    from Nashville, TN asked:
    March 3, 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.
    1 Answer
    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.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on March 4, 2014

    from Avon, CT asked:
    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?
    1 Answer
    While we do have a cleaning product, such as the August West Stage One Creosote Remover - 2 lb. Tub - 23905, which is designed to add to a fire to render creosote brushable, we do not offer a product that will clean the chimney on its own.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on January 14, 2014

    from Blairstown, NJ asked:
    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?
    1 Answer
    The strongest product we have for this purpose is the August West Stage Two Creosote Remover - 1 Qt. Case of 6 - 23910. Please keep in mind that this product is only for use with stage 2 creosote. Stage 3 will not be completely dissolved by this product and will require a chimney whip to break it up and remove it.
    Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional
    on November 4, 2013

    November 9, 2012
    Should a chimney cleaning brush be the same size as the flue pipe or should it be oversized for cleaning friction?
    1 Answer
    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.
    on November 9, 2012

    With recommended usage tips like applying the product weeks before you sweep and four 1 gallon cases provided, you'll be supplied with both the adequate amount of product and the tips to use your chimney cleaning tools with success. Lucky for hearth owners, there are plenty more available tips from informed home maintenance experts, hearth specialists, and consumer feedback, altogether, to ease the process along. For instance, reduce the dirty aftermath by placing a painter's drop cloth or a plastic tarp on top of the floor surrounding your fireplace. Bob Villa recommends this tip along with investing in some quality protective gear, like goggles or a dust mask. And hearth specialists share most fireplace owners will find these tips effective: use a chimney brush 1-2 inches greater than the size of your vent (most manufacturers recommend two inches), choose to clean your fireplace from the top instead of the bottom (although, the bottom may appear easier), and use a creosote modifying agent to reduce deeper levels of the creosote into a lighter, brushable ash.

    Stocking up on creosote removal product? Our Chimney Saver Cre-Away - 25-lb. Bucket can handle this need and more. Consider the chimney cleaning kit options, such as the AW Perkins masonry chimney brush kits that are accompanied with or without brushes. From vacuums for your firebox and vents, variable size chimney brushes, reliable cleaning products, and more, there's plenty here to satisfy your chimney cleaning and hearth needs. Included in those needs is the requirement for quality maintenance; Villa shares that using properly split and seasoned firewood is key in slowing the accumulation of creosote as years progress. Additionally, some of our own guidance material, the "Chimney Cap Buying Guide," gives you precise guidance for purchasing the correct chimney cap: vital to preventing common chimney obstructions, such as nests and more debris. With a wealth of chimney cleaning tools, related inventory, and guidance materials available for your perusal and purchase, can make your chimney maintenance process easier from start to finish.

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