Yesterday's Tractor Co. New Parts for Old Tractors
Click Here or call 800-853-2651 
   Allis Chalmers Case Farmall IH Ford 8N,9N,2N Ford
   Ferguson John Deere Massey Ferguson Minn. Moline Oliver
 
Marketplace
Tractor Manuals
Tractor Parts
Classified Ads
Photo Ads

Community
Discussion Forums
Project Journals
Tractor Town
Your Stories
Show & Pull Guide
Events Calendar
Hauling Schedule

Galleries
Tractor Photos
Implement Photos
Vintage Photos
Help Identify
Parts & Pieces
Stuck & Troubled
Vintage Ads
Community Album
Photo Ad Archives

Research & Info
Articles
Tractor Registry
Tip of the Day
Safety Cartoons
Tractor Values
Serial Numbers
Tune-Up Guide
Paint Codes
List Prices
Production Nbrs
Tune-Up Specs
Torque Values
3-Point Specs
Glossary

Miscellaneous
Tractor Games
Just For Kids
Virtual Show
Museum Guide
Memorial Page
Feedback Form

Yesterday's Tractors Facebook Page

Related Sites
Tractor Shed
TractorLinks.com
Ford 8N/9N Club
Today's Tractors
Garden Tractors
Classic Trucks
Kountry Life
Enter your email address to receive our newsletter!

subscribe
unsubscribe
  
Tool Talk Discussion Forum

Rock Salt in Wood Stove?

Author  [Modern View]
hayray

01-06-2013 22:10:26
107.47.184.158



Report to Moderator

Does putting rock salt in a wood stove actually reduce creosote build up. And if so, how does it work?




[Reply]   [No Email]
Mattlt

01-15-2013 06:15:50
66.232.234.48



Report to Moderator
 Re: Rock Salt in Wood Stove? in reply to hayray, 01-06-2013 22:10:26  
My outdoor wood boiler mfg (Central Boiler) sells a product they call Ash-Trol that they recommend you put a scoop of in the boiler daily. I think it"s mainly lime. I really don"t notice any difference whether I use it or not...



[Reply]  [No Email]
55deere70

01-07-2013 11:20:01
75.138.191.254



Report to Moderator
 Re: Rock Salt in Wood Stove? in reply to hayray, 01-06-2013 22:10:26  
I always check my flue with a mirror in the clean out door whenever the fire is out. I let my stove roar at least once a week until the pipe starts to glow. Keeps everything pretty clear.



[Reply]  [No Email]
NCWayne

01-07-2013 06:56:04
69.40.232.132



Report to Moderator
 Re: Rock Salt in Wood Stove? in reply to hayray, 01-06-2013 22:10:26  
I burn one of the inserts that has the catalytic elements in it so even when the fire is hot the gases that exit up the flue have been cooled quite a bit on their journey through the elements and out. As a result I knew I was going to get some creosote buildup and wanted to cut down on it as much as possible. I've never heard of the rock salt deal, and I've never tried one of the logs either. Instead I buy the crystals made my Rhutland that are designed to do the same thing the logs do. I typically throw a scoop on the fire at least one or twice a month and it seems to keep things in check.

That said, the last few years have been crazy as heck for me and I got neglectful and didn't clean my flue for 4 seasons. When I did it this year I found it had a bit more buildup in it than I like, which I expected given the circumstances. The good thing was all of the buildup was dry as powder and brushed right off with no problem. Too there was no actual tarry creoote buildup left on anything. In other words the creosote remover stuff doesn't so much actually remove the creosote as it does dry the oils out of it and turn it into basically a sooty ash that isn't going to burn like the tarry buildup will. Looking at the ingredients on the package, one of the main ingredients is TSP and breaking down greases and oils is one of the things it does well, which is probably why the stuff works so good. Beyond that all I know is I've been using the stuff for going on 10 years now and my flue looks as good with the insert burning 'cold' as it did with me keeping a roaring blaze in an open firebox for nearly the same amount of winters.

[Reply]  [No Email]
BobInSD

01-07-2013 11:20:31
137.216.208.19



Report to Moderator
 Re: Rock Salt in Wood Stove? in reply to NCWayne, 01-07-2013 06:56:04  
I put a little TSP in every couple of weeks. Catch it when it"s burned down to coals, stir them up just enough to get it drawing well and put a couple of tablespoons of TSP on the coals. I leave the bypass damper open for 5-10 minutes so that the chemical goes up the chimney.

I"d like to say that I went from having to clean 2-3 times a season to it not really looking like it needed cleaned when I ran the brush up it once a year, but I also burned it a little hotter* shortly after I started using the TSP and I"m sure that helped also.

*I have a flue thermometer on the stove itself (since the pipe is double-wall). I used to keep it in the 250-500 F range, but now keep in the 400-750 range). Also, we had a lot of (well seasoned) cottonwood and it"s probably more ash and "other" lately.

[Reply]  [No Email]
Diydave

01-07-2013 05:17:35
96.244.154.80



Report to Moderator
 Re: Rock Salt in Wood Stove? in reply to hayray, 01-06-2013 22:10:26  
Creosote is caused by tar resins condensing on a cold chimney. If you want less creosote, keep the fire burning hot!



[Reply]  [No Email]
Russ from MN

01-07-2013 05:13:46
68.235.89.15



Report to Moderator
 Re: Rock Salt in Wood Stove? in reply to hayray, 01-06-2013 22:10:26  
Never! It would ruin the stove and chimney! If your wood is dry and you burn it hot you will not have creosote.



[Reply]  [No Email]
hillbillyjack

01-08-2013 15:16:47
69.168.144.134



Report to Moderator
 Re: Rock Salt in Wood Stove? in reply to Russ from MN, 01-07-2013 05:13:46  
Quoting Removed, click Modern View to see

Listen to this guy, he knows.



[Reply]  [No Email]
Bret4207

01-07-2013 04:54:35
64.19.90.196



Report to Moderator
 Re: Rock Salt in Wood Stove? in reply to hayray, 01-06-2013 22:10:26  
I can't understand the idea behind risking a fire compared to the very minor trouble of running a brush up the chimney a couple 3 times a winter.



[Reply]  [No Email]
JD Seller

01-07-2013 06:29:31
208.126.196.144



Report to Moderator
 Re: Rock Salt in Wood Stove? in reply to Bret4207, 01-07-2013 04:54:35  
Well Bret I would not call cleaning my chimney a minor trouble. LOL On a full two story house in the winter with snow ans ice all around it is a real adventure.

I do not miss that problem from when burning wood. I now run a corn/pellet broiler. I like it much better. So far I have been finding rejected seed corn to burn in it.



[Reply]  [No Email]
Bret4207

01-07-2013 09:00:10
64.19.90.196



Report to Moderator
 Re: Rock Salt in Wood Stove? in reply to JD Seller, 01-07-2013 06:29:31  
Quoting Removed, click Modern View to see

You didn't have a clean out door in the chimney?



[Reply]  [No Email]
Stephen Newell

01-07-2013 04:49:20
63.25.80.167



Report to Moderator
 Re: Rock Salt in Wood Stove? in reply to hayray, 01-06-2013 22:10:26  
I agree that salt is a bad idea and will rust out the pipe and stove which is far more dangerous. For the most part cresote will just plug the pipe where smoke doesn't draw right. It doesn't take long to run a brush down the pipe once or twice a season.



[Reply]  [No Email]
rabbit

01-07-2013 02:56:42
207.241.137.116



Report to Moderator
 Re: Rock Salt in Wood Stove? in reply to hayray, 01-06-2013 22:10:26  
They claim a few aluminum cans from time to time work, too. Wonder what"s in those "creasote eating logs" theytout on TV?



[Reply]  [No Email]
MarkB_MI

01-07-2013 02:14:04
75.219.26.220



Report to Moderator
 Re: Rock Salt in Wood Stove? in reply to hayray, 01-06-2013 22:10:26  
Hmm. If you rot the bottom out of your stove, I don't think you'll need to worry about creosote.



[Reply]  [No Email]
Retired Farmer

01-07-2013 01:29:37
207.200.116.12



Report to Moderator
 Re: Rock Salt in Wood Stove? in reply to hayray, 01-06-2013 22:10:26  
Salt combines with water vapor to produce a weak acid which eats a little of the creosote in the pipe. Actually not recommended because over time it will weaken the metal pipe.



[Reply]  [No Email]
Iowa Barber

01-07-2013 14:04:28
208.126.1.78



Report to Moderator
 Re: Rock Salt in Wood Stove? in reply to Retired Farmer, 01-07-2013 01:29:37  
I have a wood burning furnace that I use to

heat my two story house in north central Iowa

for many years and used to have to climb on the r

roof every year to brush the chimney clean. I

started using the creosote logs about once every

month and a half and have not had to brush since.

I also check with a mirror and like it was said

it was dry and clear. I too use well cured wood,

some hard some soft. Love the logs. Brian

[Reply]  [No Email]
Richard G.

01-08-2013 08:36:55
98.71.139.71



Report to Moderator
 Re: Rock Salt in Wood Stove? in reply to Iowa Barber, 01-07-2013 14:04:28  
What is the name of the creosote log and where can I find them?
Richard



[Reply]  [No Email]
[Options]  [Printer Friendly]  [Posting Help]  [Return to Forum]   [Add a Reply]

Hop to:
TRACTOR   PARTS TRACTOR   MANUALS
Same-Day Shipping! Most of our stocked parts ship the same day you order (M-F).  Expedited shipping available, just call!  Most prices for parts and manuals are below our competitors.  Compare our super low shipping rates!  We have the parts you need to repair your tractor.  We are a Company you can trust and have generous return policies!   Shop Online Today or call our friendly sales staff toll free (800) 853-2651. [ More Info ]

Home  |  Forums


Copyright © 1997-2014 Yesterday's Tractor Co.

All Rights Reserved. Reproduction of any part of this website, including design and content, without written permission is strictly prohibited. Trade Marks and Trade Names contained and used in this Website are those of others, and are used in this Website in a descriptive sense to refer to the products of others. Use of this Web site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement and Privacy Policy

TRADEMARK DISCLAIMER: Tradenames and Trademarks referred to within Yesterday's Tractor Co. products and within the Yesterday's Tractor Co. websites are the property of their respective trademark holders. None of these trademark holders are affiliated with Yesterday's Tractor Co., our products, or our website nor are we sponsored by them. John Deere and its logos are the registered trademarks of the John Deere Corporation. Agco, Agco Allis, White, Massey Ferguson and their logos are the registered trademarks of AGCO Corporation. Case, Case-IH, Farmall, International Harvester, New Holland and their logos are registered trademarks of CNH Global N.V.

Yesterday's Tractors - Antique Tractor Headquarters