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Anyone else heat with wood?
#31
Mr_Gixxer;133302 Wrote:Try to gain access to the inside of the brick fireplace to see if it's got a liner run up through from the top of the stove. If you can't look up from the inside at all you could probably remove the flashing or at least pull it back. Either way if you don't know if it's lined it needs pulled. Period. Don't risk your house to fire because creosote may be falling behind your insert and piling up. Better to know and do it right if it isn't already.

Seen my fare share of flue fires working for the VFD. All of them are caused by negligence. Don't be THAT guy. And think about this, if you've got a flue fire guess what. No more warm house because you probably cracked the terracotta liner. It'll need fixed before you can burn again and it won't be cheap. Don't want THAT especially considering the weather we've been having.

If the flue were actually getting plugged up wouldn't I start to have issues with the chimney drafting properly and possibly getting smoke backed up in the house? Right now, I have no problems getting it started and maintaining a good draft, I've never had smoke backing up and no strange noises from the flue.

The guy that had the woodstove put in I can still contact him, he was the owner before the family that we bought it from and see if he remembers when he had it cleaned last. The family we bought it from didn't use the woodstove, or really the oil furnace, for some reason they were using kerosene heaters inside.
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streaker69;133304 Wrote:
Mr_Gixxer;133302 Wrote:Try to gain access to the inside of the brick fireplace to see if it's got a liner run up through from the top of the stove. If you can't look up from the inside at all you could probably remove the flashing or at least pull it back. Either way if you don't know if it's lined it needs pulled. Period. Don't risk your house to fire because creosote may be falling behind your insert and piling up. Better to know and do it right if it isn't already.

Seen my fare share of flue fires working for the VFD. All of them are caused by negligence. Don't be THAT guy. And think about this, if you've got a flue fire guess what. No more warm house because you probably cracked the terracotta liner. It'll need fixed before you can burn again and it won't be cheap. Don't want THAT especially considering the weather we've been having.

If the flue were actually getting plugged up wouldn't I start to have issues with the chimney drafting properly and possibly getting smoke backed up in the house? Right now, I have no problems getting it started and maintaining a good draft, I've never had smoke backing up and no strange noises from the flue.

The guy that had the woodstove put in I can still contact him, he was the owner before the family that we bought it from and see if he remembers when he had it cleaned last. The family we bought it from didn't use the woodstove, or really the oil furnace, for some reason they were using kerosene heaters inside.

Well if your fireplace is like mine it is about 3 feet deep or more. The flue exits about 6 inches from the back wall. It could possibly be dumping creosote in a nice shiny black pile BEHIND the insert if it doesn't sit directly above it. There probably is enough room behind the insert to collect years of creosote without you knowing anything about it. Until the right spark hits it.

I'd call the other guy and find out what the story is then. Find out exactly how and what kind of insert there is if any. He may have piped it to the flue and left it like that. If he didn't use double wall stainless it needs replaced. If you can get on the roof, take your spark arrester off (you DO have a spark arrester/chimney cap don't you?) and look down the chimney if you see a liner inside of another liner it's probably piped into the flue. Not guaranteed though and it may not be right either.

If everything checks out you can sweep. Use a shop vac to clean off the top of the baffle as you clean and take it slow.

This is just my advice and I am not an expert. I do however clean my own chimneys and I am a firefighter.

Plus I stayed in a holiday Inn express once...Big Grin
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We do have chimney caps on both chimneys. Got them a few years ago after a dove fell down the one chimney and attracted the attention of the cat. We did finally get it out, alive an unharmed, but in the course of doing so, happened to notice bones of other birds stuck above the flue.
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#34
We have a Yukon Eagle. It burns wood, coal or oil. When the wood dies down the oil kicks in. (The unit has two thermostats, one for the wood and one for the oil.)

My husbands works all spring, summer and fall to get wood. Our neighbor said that he can have any tree that has fallen on her property so all of of wood has been labor only. We have at least 3 years of wood on hand.

This year we needed less than 100 gallons of oil to top off the 550 Gal. tank.

My husband cleans the chimney out every year and he also cleans out some kind of chamber 4 times a year.

We had to have fire resistant panels in one area that was close to the ceiling.

The problem we are having is that the solenoid went for the temp regulation on the draft box. We can't regulate the temp anymore when we burn wood. It will set us back about 1,000.00 to get things right again. Don't have the extra money right now to get it fixed.

We also keep a fire extinguisher and a couple of buckets of water near the furnace. The water helps put moisture into the air and it's an added precaution , just in case.

I would like to try burning coal but we don't have any way of storing a ton of coal.
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Here's what I'm thinking if I can get the stove out of the fireplace. Clean up what's already back there, then line the inside with plastic. Then drape and tape plastic around the opening and brush the creosote down into the plastic. Hopefully that should make clean up easier. Just not quite ready to do that in the bitter cold.

What's gonna be fun is getting the stove out, since I have no idea how it went in.
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streaker69;133331 Wrote:Here's what I'm thinking if I can get the stove out of the fireplace. Clean up what's already back there, then line the inside with plastic. Then drape and tape plastic around the opening and brush the creosote down into the plastic. Hopefully that should make clean up easier. Just not quite ready to do that in the bitter cold.

What's gonna be fun is getting the stove out, since I have no idea how it went in.

I just tape cardboard to the front of my fireplace to keep the dust from covering everything in the room. Brush it down, wait a half hour or so and sweep up the mess.
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