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Wood Heat Stoves & Solar — wood stove chimney cleaning

Woodburning 101 | Don't forget to clean the screen

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Sound familiar? My stove burned great after the chimney was swept but gradually it got "sluggish". The wood didn't start as quickly, it wouldn't burn as hot as it used to and smoke started coming out the door when you first started a fire or opened it to load more wood. These are all classic signs of a plugged chimney cap. It doesn't have to be completely blocked to cause these symptoms, just restricted enough by a build up of creosote, a by-product of the un-burned gases and moisture driven out of the wood during the burning process. We've received a string of phone...

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