The Chimney Sweep was here…

Chimney_sweeping_web_1252008_102039It’s a little after 10am and Rick Eanes, our local chimney sweep, has been here, done his thing, and has left me with some peace of mind about my woodstove.

Rick removed the chimney cap, swept the chimney flue, separated it from the stove and thoroughly cleaned the important bits of the stove. He was efficient and thorough and the entire process took about an hour.

Chimney_sweeping_web_1252008_102019I had noticed some discoloration of the chimney cap the last few weeks, but had no idea that the creosote had built up to the extent you see here. (click on the images to really gross yourselves out.)

Some of it looks feathery and some of it looks like tar, but it is all crystalline and shatters at the merest touch. A closer look at the chimney cap shows that the creosote buildup was  getting fairly thick.

As you can see, Rick really works the stove over and I got to see how much crud our stove had accumulated.

Chimney_sweeping_web_1252008_103411I put the fire out just before Rick arrived so that his brushes wouldn’t melt during the cleaning, so I appreciated the fact that he relit the fire as the last activity of his visit.

As he drove off, the image below shows how our stove is operating  now. The fire burns cheerfully and the draft is visibly better then before. I was very pleased with the work and the price was quite reasonable.

If you live in this area of Virginia and need your chimney looked at, you might want to give Eanes Chimney Sweep a call. The phone number is 540-382-7760. He is located in Pilot, but covers quite a wide area. They are working on a web site and when it is complete, I will add the link here also.

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0 Responses to The Chimney Sweep was here…

  1. Jim Brodhead says:

    Good for you. I was a volunteer fire fighter here in Spotsylvania for 1o years and have seen chimney tops with creosote so thick I could have trowled it out like mortar. Some folks here would occasionally use a chimney fire as a way to get our department to come and clean their chimney for them. Most were lucky that we were not having to respond to a structure fire. Since this was out in areas with few hydrants, water supply was always a problem and a fire that got going good often became what we called a “surround and drown”. It’s nothing to take a chance with.

  2. Mouse says:

    Aha. I am proud to announce that The Someone and I cleaned my stove pipe-thingy all by ourselves. We first burnt a specially-bought ‘ramenage buche’ which serves to loosen the deposits and then he swept while I held a torch, a very difficult task indeed….

    And now I have leanred that if I dry the wood by the stove for a feew days before burning it I get far less deposit anyway

    Isn’t life interesting in the Backside of Brittany?

  3. Ron Campbell says:

    We just had Mr. Eanes clean our chimney a few days before yours. Eanes Chimney Sweep is a small company but a dependable one. Just the kind of people we like to deal with. They have always done a good job for us.

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