1987 - Volume #11, Issue #5, Page #08[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Do It Yourself Chimney Cleaner"I got tired of climbing up on the roof to poke the creosote out of the chimney," says Henry Fite, Shelby, N. C., who built a simple cleaner that he can operate from the ground.
Made from ¢ in. pipe and 3/8-in. steel rod, the cleaner simply slips into the top of the chimney, held in place by its own weight. Because it's made out of pipe and rod, it doesn't restrict airflow out of the chimney.
The cleaner consists of a housing, made from pipe, that supports the free-fall cleaner made from steel rod. Fite weighted the cleaner with heavy scrap steel. The free-fall weight is fashioned so that it comes to a point on either side which helps poke out creosote from the corners of the chimney. Fite says it's important to angle the cleaner in such a way that it fits snugly into the corners of the chimney, or flue liner, so it'll be rigid when the chain is pulled.
"It takes just a few seconds to raise and lower the cleaner, standing on the ground. Takes the worry out of burning wood," notes Fite, who's used the home-built chimney cleaner for 4 seasons without a hitch.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Henry J. Fite, Rt. 3, Box 446A, Shelby, N.C. 28150.
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