Whether you have an open fire or a wood burning appliance, it is inevitable that when burning wood there will be some element of creosote deposit that has built up inside your flue. Here are some tips and tricks to save money and keep your flue clear.
Where modern appliances are being fitted in existing brick chimneys it is advised that a stainless liner and back fill be fitted. Removing soot and creosote is difficult with a brush alone and using old fashioned rods and brushes can easily damage an expensive flue liner.
- The solution is to burn a specially formulated log that will give off particular chemicals within its fumes.? These gases will combine with and convert the creosote to a substance that is more easily removed with a brush.
Chimney cleaning – ideally you will want to clean a chimney or flue around now prior to continuous use through the winter. There used to be little or no option other than to use a chimney sweep but new DIY technology is now available here in the UK.? For a number of years we have been successfully promoting and using the spinning whip Sooteater which can be easily attached to a cordless drill and will do the job quickly and efficiently.? Its universal head will also fit the majority of chimney and flue sizes or shapes.
- This new method of cleaning has been adopted by many professional sweeps and has the advantage of giving a thorough clean without damaging liners and flues.