What size flue brush do I need?
Measure the inside of your chimney and match that size to a brush designed for your flue. The brush should be 1/2″ – 1 inch larger than the flue. An oversize brush will not improve cleaning and could become lodged in the chimney. An undersized brush will not provide the pressure on the walls for proper cleaning.
Which chimney brush should I use?
Wire bristle chimney brushes are most commonly used and generally do a great job. Homeowner versions and Master Sweep versions are available. The Master Sweep version has more bristles and will generally make the job easier and faster. Wire bristle brushes are not recommended for metal chimney flues.
How do you know if your flue is blocked?
Signs of a blocked chimney and its flue liner include:
- An excessive smell of smoke during a fire.
- A white residue on the walls of the flue liner.
- Water leakage.
- Debris falling towards the base of the fireplace.
Can a chimney be unblocked?
If you believe the chimney has been removed, look in the loft for either a flue or signs – chopped-off bricks or a sooty strip – that one was once there. The flue and chimney must be reinstated if you intend to have a fully working fire.
Can you clean a chimney from inside the house?
Remove the Dust and Debris Clean the bottom of the flue with a wire brush. Sweep up the debris from inside the fireplace (and the smoke shelf, if accessible) with broom and dustpan. Reattach damper as needed. Use a shop vacuum to clean the fireplace and any part of the room that became sooty.
What is the easiest way to clean a kitchen chimney?
Pour two cups of vinegar over it and sprinkle 2 to 3 tablespoons of baking soda and salt on them. Fill a tub with hot water and let the filters sit in the solution for 2 hours. Rinse them with clean water and wipe them clean afterward.