As luck would have it, on the property during the summer, I am also the chimney sweep. Every year during the month of August, I steadily climb the roof and bring my bristly brush with me. I climb to the summit and remove the cap and begin my sweep. Since I sweep the stove pipe each year, the process doesn’t take terribly long and the creosote is not really that bad. After all, Ben Franklin was right, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
When deciding where to place the wood cook stove, I had a list of nonnegotiable requirements. First it would meet code, next the stove clean-out ports would all be accessible, including the one in the back, and finally the stove pipe would be straight, have no bends and ride high above the roof line. The stove was placed to do a function and serve the home well. It is not an aesthetic show piece, but the heart of the home, and its function and the home’s survival during the winter counts on it. So when placing the stove, I wanted something that would function well, but would also be incredibly easy to maintain, so that its upkeep would not be a hassle and eventually cost me more in the future if I resented its upkeep.
The wood cook stove is one of our most expensive appliances next to the solar system. I wanted a wood stove that would last for years and with good maintenance that shouldn’t be too much of a problem. After I sweep the stove pipe, I prepare the rest of the stove by scraping, brushing, and cleaning the wood cook stove from top to bottom. I actually posted a how to clean the wood cook stove if interested. It’s a chore that has to be done, but I don’t mind it in the summer. However, I wouldn’t even consider sweeping the chimney in the winter.
Here’s a Youtube link to the popular Chimney Sweep song…