Chimney Scrubber

Preventing and Fighting Chimney Fires Since 1995

(802) 592-3965
802-592-3965

The Chimney Scrubber for Homeowners

Ten Reasons to Clean Your Chimney Often

  1. SAFETY: Creosote forms very easily in your chimney, especially in the fall and spring when fires are slower burning. Variations in wood, moisture content, appliances, chimneys and burning rate make cleaning once a year not good enough. State Fire Marshalls recommend cleaning every TWO WEEKS.
  2. BETTER OPERATION: A clean chimney makes for better drafting. Better drafting means you'll be able to operate your stove at its maximum performance levels.
  3. LESS DOWNDRAFTS: A clean chimney will pull smoke with greater velocity reducing the chance of downdrafts
  4. CHIMNEY FIRES ARE EXPENSIVE: Even if the fire department puts the fire out you may have an expensive cleanup or worse, chimney replacement
  5. INDOOR AIR QUALITY: Cleaner chimneys means less particulate will get into living space
  6. EXTERIOR CHIMNEYS: produce creosote faster because three sides of the chimney is always cold
  7. GREEN WOOD: Burning accumulates creosote faster than dry wood. Burning wood with more than 20% moisture content accumulates creosote buildup faster. Variations in wood types mean wood air-dried for less than a FULL year is a bad habit. Make sure your wood is less than 20% moisture content before burning
  8. COLD WEATHER: Creosote forms, most rapidly, when the burn rate is slower. Chimney fires occur, most often, on the coldest days when the burn rate is faster thus igniting existing creosote more easily.
  9. YOUR FIRE DEPT: are most likely your neighbors. Don't get them up and out into the freezing cold on your slippery roof because you were negligent with your own safety.
  10. NEIGHBORS: who burn wood will wish they had your foresight when they struggle, as everybody does, to clean their chimneys.

What Fire Fighters Say About The Chimney Scrubber....

On Sale NowOur cast iron and stainless steel Chimney Scrubber system operates via a pulley with stainless steel chain that you pull from the convenience and safety of your clean-out door. The Chimney Scrubber installs easily and stays in place, ready to use year round. The patented chimney brush molds itself to the inside of your flue and scrubs off dangerous soot and creosote. Just pull one side of the chain to scrub to the top of your chimney - then back down - and your done! Maintain peak performance of your wood stove or furnace by removing creosote buildup in your chimney - in just minutes! Frequently Asked Questions.

Easy To Install!
Watch our Video on how to install the Chimney Scrubber in your Chimney

The Chimney Scrubber System is a Stainless Steel Pulley and Chain System installed easily in your chimney and conveniently operates the patented brush from your clean-out door!

Chimney Scrubber Parts layout

The Complete Chimney Scrubber System includes:

Chimney Scrubber Pulley Mechanism

About The Chimney Scrubber Brushes:

Geniusly Designed and patented. Machine quality cast iron core, schedule 40 spine, HEAVY DUTY .075 STAINLESS STEEL scrubbers custom wound for maximum tension and scrubbing. Tensile rated to 100 lbs., heat rated to 1200 degrees F. Beta tested for three years by Professional Firemen. FIVE YEAR GUARANTEE.

10 x 10 Brush
For use on:
10x10 Chimney Scrubber brush
  • 8 x 8 square tiles
  • 6" round clay flues
  • 6" double walled stainless steel liners.
10 X 14 Brush
For use on
10 x 14 brush
  • 8 x 12 rectangular tiles
  • 7' and 8' round clay flues
  • 7'and 8' double walled stainless steel liners
16 X 16 Brush
For use on:
16 x 16 Chimney Scrubber brush
  • 12 x 12 square tiles
  • 9" & 10" round clay flues
  • 9" & 10" double walled stainless steel liners

The Chimney Scrubber is easy to install

Keep your chimney clean with this easy to use chimney cleaning system and you'll gain peace of mind knowing that you've kept your family safe from a chimney fire.

The Chimney Scrubber System has been manufactured of quality materials in Maine since 1979 and has been manufactured in Peacham, Vermont since 1995. It was designed by craftsmen who burn wood and is enjoyed by many homeowners who enjoy wood heat and need a simple, reliable way to make it safe.

How Well Does it Clean?

Many Fire Departments carry a Chimney Scrubber System in their trucks to use to clean out flues when they are called to a chimney fire.
Read what Fire Fighters say about The Chimney Scrubber.

Frequently Asked Questions

1) How do I measure my chimney? We need the inside or outside dimensions of the chimney and and approximate height. Both are simple to measure. Most all chimneys have a clean out door at or near the bottom of the chimney. Open the door and measure side to side, then front to back. For height, you don't have to go on the roof, just figure it floor by floor and add them up (remember to add a foot for the joists between floors.

EXAMPLE: Two story center chimney Cape

Basement Ceiling Height plus 1' for the thickness of the floor above 9
First Floor Ceiing Height plus 1' for the thickness of the floor above 9
Second Floor Ceiling Height plus 1' for the thickness of the floor above 9
Third Floor (if there is one)plus 1' for the the thickness of the floor above 0
Attic space the chimney passes through 6
Amount chimney stands above the roof 3
TOTAL 36
I'll cut 78' off the roll for your chimney (36'up, 36'down + 6' to make it easy to use)

2) Do you install them? No and Yes. Installation is so easy but someone does have to go to the top of the chimney to install the pulley. Some fire departments do this for a training exercise. Be sure to make a donation if they honor your request. I have a few fireman that install the systems on weekends. They charge between $50 and $150 depending on the distance they have to travel and the amount of time it takes to get to the rooftop. If neither of these options is to your liking, I suggest calling a "handyman" out of the local paper.

3) Does the pulley need greasing or other maintenance? No, the wheel center hole is 5/8" and the bar going through it is only ½". The gap gives it "slop" that loosens every time you use the system, so the only way to have difficulty is to not use the system.

4) Can I use on a stainless steel chimney? YES, but ONLY if it is a DOUBLE walled (the insulated type). Single walled stainless steel liners (straight or flexible) are not strong enough to support the Chimney Scrubber system.

5) I have a cap on my chimney. The Chimney Scrubber adapts to all caps. Usually it can fit under the cap, stick out the sides of the cap or poke through the spark arrester. You can always cut the crossbar if needed.

6) How well does the system work? Much better than any other brush in the world. Many, many customers report that they were amazed how much more creosote the Chimney Scrubber scrubbed off even when they cleaned the chimney before its arrival. See testimonials and reviews.

7) How long will the chain last? Its stainless steel and should last decades along with the brush and pulley. Original prototypes installed in 1979 are still working.

8) Do I have to install the Chimney Scrubber every time I use it? NO WAY! The Chimney Scrubber is a permanent installation that stays in place ready to use without notice. And because its held in place by its own weight you can remove it and take it with you if you change houses.

9) How do you ship? All shipping is done via FedEx Ground to physical addresses only.

10) I don't see my size? The most common size flue is 8"x8" on the outside and 6.5"x6.5" on the inside. Second is 8"x12" on the outside and 6.5"x10.5" on the inside. Next are the rounds 7.5" on the outside and 6"on the inside or 8.5" on the outside and 7" on the inside. We can make a brush to fit any size flue just by changing the size of the scrubbers.

11) Does the Brush lie in the bottom? No, the brush hangs just above the cleanout door via the stainless steel key-ring through the side of the chain that goes thru the brush.

12) Does the system get "glaze" off? With repetitive scrubbings the Chimney Scrubber will take it off.

13) How often should I clean the chimney? Everyone's chimney accumulates creosote at different creates because there are so many variables that act in combination with each other:

  1. Moisture content of wood (needs to be 20% or less)
  2. Burning habits of the user (if you "damper down" to early or for long periods you are going to create more creosote because the flue gases will be moving slowly.
  3. Efficiency of the woodstove (some appliances have secondary burns and some have air leaks.
  4. Drafting of the chimney (sometimes chimneys don't pull air out well either because the flue is too large, the chimney is too short or there is exterior impediment to a good draft.

Any one of these factors can create more creosote. About ten years ago an engineer from Barnet, VT replaced his old Tarm boiler with a brand new one of the same size and capacity. Nothing else changed but the appliance but he had to start cleaning EVERY WEEK. He solved the problem by installing the Chimney Scrubber and now cleans every Saturday before he goes to the dump.

14) Is the system affected by slants in the chimney? Nope. The brush is like a big link in a continuous loop of chain, so its "goes where it is towed". I even have customer in Massechusetts you has a 90 degree turn where the thimble enters the flue. His 8x8 brush makes the turn.

15) Can I pick it up? Of course you can. I'd love to meet you. We are located at 927 Green Bay Loop in Peacham, Vermont. Just give me some notice to make sure I'm not fishing.

16) Can I use the Chimney Scrubber while the stove is burning? Yes you can, but I'd advise wearing gloves because the chain is going to be hot in places.

17) I have an unusual size chimney flue. We can make a brush for any dimension chimney. Just call 802-592-3965

Ten Reasons to Clean Your Chimney Often

  1. SAFETY: Creosote forms very easily, especially in the fall and spring when fires are slower burning. Variations in wood, moisture content, appliances, chimneys and burning rate make cleaning once a year not good enough. State Fire Marshalls recommend cleaning every TWO WEEKS.
  2. BETTER OPERATION: A clean chimney makes for better drafting. Better drafting means you'll be able to operate your stove at its maximum performance levels.
  3. LESS DOWNDRAFTS: A clean chimney will pull smoke with greater velocity reducing the chance of downdrafts
  4. CHIMNEY FIRES ARE EXPENSIVE: Even if the fire department puts the fire out you may have an expensive cleanup or worse, chimney replacement
  5. INDOOR AIR QUALITY: Cleaner chimneys means less particulate will get into living space
  6. EXTERIOR CHIMNEYS: produce creosote faster because three sides of the chimney is always cold
  7. GREEN WOOD: Burning accumulates creosote faster than dry wood. Burning wood with more than 20% moisture content accumulates creosote buildup faster. Variations in wood types mean wood air-dried for less than a FULL year is a bad habit. Make sure your wood is less than 20% moisture content before burning
  8. COLD WEATHER: Creosote forms, most rapidly, when the burn rate is slower. Chimney fires occur, most often, on the coldest days when the burn rate is faster thus igniting existing creosote more easily.
  9. YOUR FIRE DEPT: are most likely your neighbors. Don't get them up and out into the freezing cold on your slippery roof because you were negligent with your own safety.
  10. NEIGHBORS: who burn wood will wish they had your foresight when they struggle, as everybody does, to clean their chimneys.

What Fire Fighters Say About The Chimney Scrubber....

To order your chimney cleaning system or for more information, contact us:

The Chimney Scrubber™
(802) 592-3965
P.O. Box 86
927 Green Bay Rd
Peacham, Vermont 05862
info@chimneyscrubber.com
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