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how to lose the chimney smell?

Discussion in 'Renovation & Home Improvement' started by WattleIdo, 10th Dec, 2015.

  1. WattleIdo

    WattleIdo renovating Premium Member

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    Had the 2 chimneys cleaned by a chimney sweep on the weekend. Lots of soot and stuff but only so much that can be removed.
    The main fireplace still smells terrible!
    Fortunately, it has been closed off at ceiling height and roofed over. I've tried a salt and detergent paste on the bricks but I can only go so high and so far it doesn't seem to have done much. Other suggestions I've seen on youtube are tartare and water paste, vinegar and ammonia. Haven't tried these yet.
    But would it be best to seal and use that new cigarette smoke paint on the bricks?
    If that doesn't work I'd have to get it bricked up. I'd like to put a little heater in there but the smell is very bad atm.
     
  2. EN710

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    Bicarbonate soda?
     
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    Cut onions and place in the base or even on a stool or something to get them up higher. We were told onions absorb paint and floor polishing smells. It is worth trying I guess.
     
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    Chilliblue Well-Known Member

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    The fireplace needs to be brushed down with bicarbonate and then thoroughly clean everything in the room
     
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  5. WattleIdo

    WattleIdo renovating Premium Member

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    Thanks everyone.
    Ok will wash off the salt and detergent, try the tartare, then the bicarb and then wash it off with vinegar. And completely clean everything in the room and house. No one would seal and paint?
     
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  6. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    Light a fire in it? It will help set the soot.
     
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  7. WattleIdo

    WattleIdo renovating Premium Member

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    OK will try anything.
     
  8. WattleIdo

    WattleIdo renovating Premium Member

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    Hasn't anyone ever painted sooty bricks before?
     
  9. bob shovel

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    Call your chimney sweep and ask him/her, or Mary poppins ;)

    Onions are great at absorbing odours as mentioned also bi carb in your shoes (if required)
    And onions are good if you have a cold, quartered and put under your bed.

    Otherwise call your local heating and cooling bloke. We had the local guy come in, he knew the answers before he walked in the door. They'll sort out your future plans too
     
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  10. Scott No Mates

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    Ummmm @WattleIdo, your chimney is blocked - unless you want to fill the house with smoke, I wouldn't follow my direction on this one :confused:
     
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  11. WattleIdo

    WattleIdo renovating Premium Member

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    Hello ...:p
     
  12. WattleIdo

    WattleIdo renovating Premium Member

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    Done it.
    Local heating guy also sells paint, but he's not a painter. Wanted to sell me a heater. At least he gave me the phne no of the chimney sweep.
     
  13. JacM

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    Not sure it is wise to light a fire in a closed-over chimney .. might invalidate insurance if the fire got out of hand?