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Old 09-27-2011, 01:38 PM   #1
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do i need to hire a chimney sweep?


just wondering if, since my chimney has a cap to prevent birds etc from nesting in there, do I really need to hire a chimney sweep, or is it a waste of $?

how often do you all have your chimney swept?

(i have a combination oil burner / hot water heater, and a fireplace that I never use.)

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Old 09-27-2011, 02:38 PM   #2
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I clean my own every year with a chimney brush. I'm sure some (chimney sweeps) will tell you "you must have it inspected by a (expensive) professional every year!". But I burn mine many times every year and have no problems. And heck, isn't that what fire insurance is for? (wink)

Good link for chimney cleaning supplies. Climb up on the roof and measure your flue size and get the proper brush and extension rods:
http://www.northlineexpress.com/chim...y-brushes.html

Sorry, that appears to be a bad link, try this one:
http://www.northlineexpress.com/fire...cessories.html

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just wondering if, since my chimney has a cap to prevent birds etc from nesting in there, do I really need to hire a chimney sweep, or is it a waste of $?

how often do you all have your chimney swept?

(i have a combination oil burner / hot water heater, and a fireplace that I never use.)
Oil fired devices produce a lot of soot. The chimney should be cleaned every year, from top to bottom. Pull the stack pipe and you'll find a pile of debris at the base of the chimney.
The fired clay liners deteriorate at the top of the chimney first. Also check the connections between sections to make sure the mortar is completely filled in. This is especially important with the fireplace as embers can get out and hit framing, starting fires.
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Old 09-27-2011, 10:26 PM   #4
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Unless you look down (or up) the chimney you can't tell if it needs to be cleaned.
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