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How do you clean your chimney if there aren't any chimney sweepers
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How do you clean your chimney if there aren't any chimney sweepers
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Dh says take a burlap sack fill with enough stuff so that when you put it in chimney it expands to both sides of chimney, then tie a rope to the bag, then drop from top of chimney ( put one or two bricks in bottom of bag to add weight) and work it back and forth, also dh says that you can buy stuff to add to your wood that helps clean your chimney.

If neither works call a place that sells woodburners for suggestions.
 

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Dh says take a burlap sack fill with enough stuff so that when you put it in chimney it expands to both sides of chimney, then tie a rope to the bag, then drop from top of chimney ( put one or two bricks in bottom of bag to add weight) and work it back and forth, also dh says that you can buy stuff to add to your wood that helps clean your chimney.

If neither works call a place that sells woodburners for suggestions.
I did get that stuff to add to the fire that helps to clean the chimney. I will look up a place that sales woodburners. Thanks for the suggestions!
 

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Our fire department has brushes that you can borrow to clean it yourself. You might give yours a call and see if they do that.
Good idea!! Thanks! I will call our fire department. I wonder if you can clean it from the bottom. I could do it then but getting on my roof is a different story.
 

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How often are you supposed to clean the chimney?
 

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Once or twice a year after burning it thru winter, or before you burn in the winter.
oh.......I have never cleaned it and this is winter use #5. I will most get on that ASAP!!!
 

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awesome!! I looked at the link that was sent and there is one in NC about 40 miles from me. I live in VA so I will call and see if they come to my area.
 

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there is more to this than I realize!! So much equipment!!
 

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Now....I want a fireplace popcorn popper!!!
 

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Yes, you can clean it from the bottom, you just need rods to attach to your brush. If you do it from the roof you can drop it down on a rope.

The chimney sweeping logs do not clean your chimney, they just release some chemical that is supposed to loosen certain types of creosote, and they don't even really do that well. It has to be physically cleaned.

It's a really filthy job, it's worth it to have someone else come do it.
 

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It's a really filthy job, it's worth it to have someone else come do it.
It is dirty, but whether it's worth it to have someone else do it is a matter of opinion. I'd get a little blackened to save money and have pride in doing something myself. Not everyone would, I suppose. Getting creative with curtains made of garbage bags, those disposable tyvek suits, etc, can go a long way to keeping the job cleaner.
 

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There must be chimney cleaners in your area since there are some here in South Louisiana! lol

We have ours done every couple years, but we *might* use our fireplace 5 or 6 times a winter.
 

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It is dirty, but whether it's worth it to have someone else do it is a matter of opinion. I'd get a little blackened to save money and have pride in doing something myself. Not everyone would, I suppose. Getting creative with curtains made of garbage bags, those disposable tyvek suits, etc, can go a long way to keeping the job cleaner.
Yes, it's worth it for me to have someone else do it.
 

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thanks for everyone's help. I found a chimney sweep in my area. I hope it isn't expensive!
 
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