Testing Chemical Chimney Cleaning Products

If you've been looking for a way to tame the buildup of creosote in your woodburner's chimney, you can check chemical chimney cleaning products off your list.



071 chimney cleaning products - stoves used in test
Six identical "airtight" steel stoves—equipped with DuraVent single-wall chimneys—were employed to perform the research on the four chimney cleaning products.
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071 chimney cleaning products - chimney fire
The purpose of chimney cleaning products is to prevent this: a roaring chimney fire.
PHOTO: SHELTON ENERGY RESEARCH
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Diagram shows the stovepipe setup used in the tests.
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071 chimney cleaning products - pipe B1
Photo shows creosote accumulation in the untreated control pipe after the cleaning phase. Heat has caused the creosote to dry and swell. Some of the flakes have already fallen to the bottom of the pipes.
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071 chimney cleaning products - pipe A2
Photo of stovepipe  A2 was taken in Series 3 before cleaning started, and is of a treated pipe.
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071 chimney cleaning products - pipe A1
Photo of stovepipe  A1 was taken in Series 3 before cleaning started, and is of an untreated (control) pipe.  
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071 chimney cleaning products - pipe B2
Photo shows creosote accumulation in a treated pipe after the cleaning phase. Heat has caused the creosote to dry and swell. Some of the flakes have already fallen to the bottom of the pipes.
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