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.

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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.

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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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