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« on: March 03, 2009, 06:48:28 PM »

Anyone recommend a good source for a sweeping set that won't break (cheap metal) like my last ones midsweep 1st time out?

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« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2009, 07:00:55 PM »

If you've got a straight flue, you could try my method - stick a 12-bore up it, and let fly with both barrels at the same time - the shock-wave dislodges the soot, and viewed from the outside apparently gives a wonderful "mushroom cloud" -
worked a treat on a 15th century pub chimney, but don't do what I did.......... keep your head outside the fire canopy - I didn't and was deaf for a week.......... Grin
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« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2009, 07:10:09 PM »

Tie a brick to a long rope, lower down chimney, tie a small holly bush in middle of rope and pull up and down, up and down

I did it once and it worked a treat
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« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2009, 07:21:09 PM »

Gus  one applaud    for your new picture  , that cleans my chimney....
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« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2009, 07:51:40 PM »

I just use a brush fitted to a set of drain rods, never had any problems. They came from screwfix.

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« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2009, 08:19:39 PM »

I knew the kids would be useful one day.........
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« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2009, 08:34:21 PM »

Set fire to it..
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« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2009, 10:35:11 PM »

On old chimneys a piece of netting wire on a rope can be pulled through.     
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« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2009, 09:24:54 AM »

cheers! ..I don't have too much faith since my new set from a proper brush com[any broke & left me in the mire!
..guess I'll simply have to buy another set & hope for better results!

 Billi, ..another Trailer Park Boys character, but yes I have been known to wear the exact same outfit in years passed!
 Glad you liked it!
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« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2009, 12:46:40 AM »

It's a lot less messy if you get onto the roof and clean it from the top - avoids a black living room carpet and having to dust soot off everything for weeks. It's very difficult to keep the dust ontop of/behind dust sheets.

Second thing, if you are using drain rods (that's what I do), make sure you get a set with rotating joints, otherwise as you push/pull your way up the chimney, the joints will undo and deposit the brush plus a few lengths of rod half way up a chimney - I did it first time I brushed a chimney, and it's not easy to get it out afterwards. If you don't get the rods with rotating joints, you'll need to perfect an interesting hand motion ie rotating the rods to effect constant tightening.
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« Reply #10 on: March 08, 2009, 06:07:27 PM »

Good call Ivan! ..now if only I can stay sober enough to find some!
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« Reply #11 on: March 08, 2009, 09:05:11 PM »

Yep I too have found screwfix drain rod set including brush to be very satisfactory for both chimney and drains.

One bit of advice - make sure that if you have to brush through the stove via an elbow, that your chimney shape or flaunching directs the brush centrally back down the flue where it comes out of the register plate. Old house chimney was fine but new one turns out to be almost impossible to get brush back down hole (centre jams on edge of flue above register plate). Having a lined chimney would also avoid this problem.
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