Nov 3, 2011

Cleaning Stovepipes

My grandma cooked on a woodstove all of her life.  She would have that stove going year 'round.  She would also need to clean out the stovepipes once a week to get rid of the creosote.  I have a wood furnace and also need to clean out the stovepipes so I thought I'd show how Grandma did it. (It's how I do it, too.)
Let your fire burn down, or go out.  If you have two identical stovepipes, you can put the clean one on and take the dirty one off.  I only have the one pipe, so I let the fire burn out and then cap the end of the stove.
Haul the pipe outside.  Stuff the pipe with newspapers, and light.

Let it burn out.  The fire will harden the creosote and it will fall out of the pipe with a bit of persuasion.  I stand the pipe up and tap it. 

Here are some of the chunks of creosote on the lawn.

Here's my stovepipe cleaned out.  I only clean it out every couple of months, or when the draw on my woodstove is very low.

Check out http://www.renegadefarmer.com/ .  They're having Farmhouse Festival Fridays.  Join up and tell us about your "farmhouse".

2 comments:

Donna OShaughnessy said...

Hey there ! Just found your blog thru the Farmhouse Fridays on the Renegade Farmer. Great post ! Now I know WHY stovepipes must be cleaned. I'll be back.

chimney pipe said...

great job, I also want to clean my woodstove this weekend...

Nov 3, 2011

Cleaning Stovepipes

My grandma cooked on a woodstove all of her life.  She would have that stove going year 'round.  She would also need to clean out the stovepipes once a week to get rid of the creosote.  I have a wood furnace and also need to clean out the stovepipes so I thought I'd show how Grandma did it. (It's how I do it, too.)
Let your fire burn down, or go out.  If you have two identical stovepipes, you can put the clean one on and take the dirty one off.  I only have the one pipe, so I let the fire burn out and then cap the end of the stove.
Haul the pipe outside.  Stuff the pipe with newspapers, and light.

Let it burn out.  The fire will harden the creosote and it will fall out of the pipe with a bit of persuasion.  I stand the pipe up and tap it. 

Here are some of the chunks of creosote on the lawn.

Here's my stovepipe cleaned out.  I only clean it out every couple of months, or when the draw on my woodstove is very low.

Check out http://www.renegadefarmer.com/ .  They're having Farmhouse Festival Fridays.  Join up and tell us about your "farmhouse".

2 comments:

Donna OShaughnessy said...

Hey there ! Just found your blog thru the Farmhouse Fridays on the Renegade Farmer. Great post ! Now I know WHY stovepipes must be cleaned. I'll be back.

chimney pipe said...

great job, I also want to clean my woodstove this weekend...