Chimney & Fireplaces/cleaning smoke shelf or top of fire place
how hard is it to take damper out so top of fire place can be cleaned? I sweep the flue at least twice a season. but failed to clean top of fire place. had a small fire, but held it down with foam extinguishers until firedepartment arrived. I need to clean off top as it still has some ash and other material on top. Thanks Mel
Hello Mel, if you have a traditional masonry fireplace the damper should come out very easily there should be a cotter pin that holds the damper in place, remove it and save, then lift out the damper up on one side then lower the low side down into the fire box and out, wear gloves, safety glasses mask and run the biggest vac you have and open a window in that room, reach up with your arm and hand and sweep off the Shelf after it is clean replace the damper, handle and cotter pin and you are done.
if the damper wont come out then you have to get behind it with a vac hose.
hope this helped