|Wayne cleaning the outside chimney pipe.|
|Cleaning the horizontal pipe section.|
Several times during the burning season, Wayne goes up on the porch roof to clean out the external stovepipe. At least once a year, we remove and clean the indoor pipe and scoop ash off the smoke shelf where it can restrict airflow.
|We remove the chimney pipe for cleaning.|
There are two beneficial reasons for removing creosote buildup. The first is safety. Creosote can cause chimney fires. Secondly, the fire burns more efficiently, which in turn reduces creosote buildup. Here's what came out of the pipe this time.
|The "sock puppet" lets us get out dangerous creosote.|
I designed a tool to use to help scrape out the horizontal pipes. I call it a Woodstove Sock Puppet. Since we always clean our pipe when there's no fire, it isn't dangerous to you a cloth device. The extra surface area helps Wayne scoop out as much buildup as possible.
Now our woodstove is burning bright, and we're Kozi warm off the grid,
even on the coldest of nights. -- Margy