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  • Bushwhacker
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    What about just blowing some dry chem up the chimeny and letting the draft effect take over?

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  • Rolo Tomasi
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    Kuhshise, have you tried your set up in training or anything?

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  • jstahl
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    chimney equipment

    We have a selection of tools. We have 5/16" chain with quick link chain connectors on them that attach to different ends. The ends are old window counterbalance weights, a square and round scraper disc welded to a 2 foot long 1/2 " pipe, with rings on each end to push or pull both directions. We also have steel and nylon chimney cleaning brushes and the fiberglass extension rods that go with them. old truck mirrors clamped to a short section of pipe to look up without getting a face full of burning embers. welding blankets to cover floor in front of fireplace, or to put down when taking stove pipe apart. They also can help to use as draft control for fireplaces that don't have a damper. We learned the hard way to use steel connectors and fittings. We used to have fireman style clips on the ends of the chains, but found that they melt when they are subjected to a super hot fire in the chimney. Jon

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  • mtg55
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    Just use the tip to knock over the chimney......

    We still use em, we actually made one out of four 8 inch pieces of chain clipped together, with a 30 or so foot piece of rope to lower it. The rope takes a lot of wieght off. In our "chimney kit" we also have a coffee can or two of dry powder and a few powder bombs, made of dry chem in a sandwich bag.

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  • Rescue101
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    We use 4x6 steel washers(plates)on a 1/2" eybolt attached to a 5/16's chain,50' long. T.C.

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  • KuhShise
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    Rolo:
    We have done exactly what you suggest. That is use chains that have been deemed questionable as to integrity due to excessive strain in one situation or another. A 20 or 30 ft length of 3/8" or 5/16" chain is a load for a firefighter when standing on a snow covered roof, or standing on an extension ladder propped against a free standing masonery chimney. In a recent discussion after a tough job, we decided to try a set-up with a 1/4" aircraft cable and some moderate weights. The cable is wound on a cheap boat winch attached to a couple of angle irons that span the top of the stack and allow the firefighter to wind up the cable with the crank. We have not had occasion to use it in the month since it was completed. Will probably have an opportunity in the next couple of months, or certainly by Christmas Eve when the clueless take to burning all the wrappings while exchanging gifts.

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  • Rolo Tomasi
    started a topic Chimney Chains

    Chimney Chains

    How many departments use them? Typically chimney chain sets are something that are made up by the department and not something you can buy already set up by a fire equipment distributor or anything. Would departments be interested in buying these if there were a market for them and a way to purchase?

    Just looking for some info. Thanks.

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