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Old January 13th, 2016, 07:43 PM   #1
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I figured I could go do it myself but my chimney has a large jog over about 3 feet. So I'm looking for a professional for the job, anyone know of anyone?
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Old January 13th, 2016, 07:59 PM   #2
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Mr green knows a guy. I used him once and he did a good job. I've since installed an insert with a liner so no need to call a pro anymore. I don't have his number anymore, but hopefully @Mr.Green456123 still has his info.
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I had Smokestack Sweep out of Howell clean mine before last winter. The price was better than others I contacted and I have no complaints about the service.
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Mine has a 45 degree dogleg to offset it about 3 feet through the wall. I've done it myself with no trouble.
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buy the stuff to do it yourself, especially if you are going to use it frequently. Yearly sweeping adds up way too fast. Buy the stuff.
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It makes sense to at least have a professional check it out if you didn't install the liner your self.

If the angles of your jog aren't too bad you should be able to sweep it yourself fairly easily.

I do mine about 2 or 3 times a year just to be safe, takes me more time to prepare for the job and get on the roof than it does to sweep the chimney and clean up the mess.
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I dont have a recommendation, sorry.

I am glad I did mine straight up though...
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Call Scott at 810-836-1253. Tell him that his old neighbor Ryan recommended him.
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It makes sense to at least have a professional check it out if you didn't install the liner your self.

If the angles of your jog aren't too bad you should be able to sweep it yourself fairly easily.

I do mine about 2 or 3 times a year just to be safe, takes me more time to prepare for the job and get on the roof than it does to sweep the chimney and clean up the mess.
I wish I were comfortable doing mine. My roof is so steep the only time I climbed up there I thought I was going to die. I use my wood burner a lot, but burn only dry hardwood, so when they cleaned mine barely anything came out. It looked clean as hell beforehand but I figured I'd get it done just to be safe. Turns out it really was clean as hell, even after 3 or more seasons. I had used it for 2 seasons, previous owner had used it 1 prior that I know of, and no idea if/when he had had it cleaned before then. It could have been as many as 8-9 seasons of heavy use.
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I wish I were comfortable doing mine. My roof is so steep the only time I climbed up there I thought I was going to die. I use my wood burner a lot, but burn only dry hardwood, so when they cleaned mine barely anything came out. It looked clean as hell beforehand but I figured I'd get it done just to be safe. Turns out it really was clean as hell, even after 3 or more seasons. I had used it for 2 seasons, previous owner had used it 1 prior that I know of, and no idea if/when he had had it cleaned before then. It could have been as many as 8-9 seasons of heavy use.
My liner is not insulated, which allows creosote to build up faster.

I don't always have the greatest wood sources, I'm a scavenger.

My roof is almost flat. I have an old school antenna I can climb up right next to my chimney.

My parents have a 12/12 roof and the chimney is about 3-4 stories above the landing zone if you were to fall. I wouldn't touch that shit with a 42ft pole!

Some people can get away with not needing to clean very often. When I'm using my indoor stove its super easy for me to clean, so I just do it for preventative nature.
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Mine is insulated and the guy cleaning it said it's one of the best on the market. I guess it makes sense that it's helping from that standpoint.

I don't know the pitch of my roof, I just know I took 2 steps up wearing nice grippy boots, slid 1.5 steps back down, and got back on the damn ladder. At the chimney it's about 2 stories from the ground, but by the time you climb up to unscrew the top portion in order to access it for cleaning you're closer to 3 stories up. I'll pass.

I'm a scavenger too, but I've had pretty good luck on quality firewood. It's not all perfect, but the vast majority is.

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Being insulated makes a huge difference. I don't use mine often enough to care, and I keep it clean, so it's not a huge deal. @Elusive insulated his if I remember correctly and I think he gets a slightly better burn and definitely less creosote build up.

Sounds like for yours just a quick simple sweep at the end or beginning of each season for piece of mind is all you need. Time to buy a lift, or lots of ropes and harnesses lol
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I have a shallow pitched ranch. I have a 14 ft run straight up. last year I had single wall up to the ceiling support box. then class A up to the cap.

This year I replaced the single wall with a double wall retractable stove pipe. surprising difference. plus it gave me better clearance to combustibles, so I was able to build the shelf/mantle type deal that I wanted around it. (which still needs to be trimmed)

Oh, and how much nicer/easier it is to clean! although I havent had to clean it yet.
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This is just a natural fireplace, no liner and no stove. Just bought and moved here last spring and have no histoey on what was burned in this or how much it was used so I'd like it cleaned before i use it. I've been on the roof and I have no problem being up there, just figured I'd call and get prices before having sticker shock and start educating myself on how and what is needed to do this myself.
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Old January 15th, 2016, 09:32 AM   #15
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The guy we used only charged me like $40 to check it out. I don't know if he would drive out to you. I will look his number up.
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with a regular fire place I don't think you'll have as much concern with chimney fire simply due to the fact that you won't create quite as much heat.

Hell, before i put our inset in anytime I lit a fire the heat went right up the chimney and the furnace kicked on immediately.

That said, you'll still want to know that the clay liner is in good condition.
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I had Smokestack Sweep out of Howell clean mine before last winter. The price was better than others I contacted and I have no complaints about the service.
If I remember right it was only $150-160 for cleaning and inspection and he worked with my schedule pretty well. They're not far from Pinckney either.
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