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Is anything other than a chimney brush needed to clean a chimney?

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The most crucial tool for cleaning a chimney is a wire chimney brush. Other helpful materials for cleaning a chimney include a chimney brush rod or rope and pull rings, fireplace cover, tarp, mirror, metal bucket, shovel, broom, tape, flashlight, dust mask or goggles and a ladder.

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Before cleaning a chimney, measure it and its opening with a tape measure. This helps determine the appropriate wire brush to get. The different sizes and shapes of chimney brushes on the market range from just a few inches to a foot in length. A ladder is not required for the bottom-up rod method of cleaning a chimney, which is done from the base of the fireplace. However, this is the dirtiest method of cleaning a chimney.

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