Wood Stove Fireplace Insert Removal and Cleaning

  • August 3, 2018

Chimney sweeps in Portland Oregon are having to deal less and less with un-lined woodstove inserts. Back in the ancient days wood stove inserts ( a wood stove that has been set into an open fireplace ) were not installed with a stainless steel liner being installed down the length of the chimney, connecting to the wood stove itself.

The above photo shows a flexible stainless steel liner system that would be installed to an insert per the existing code of today. There are woodstoves still in use that have not been lined. An unlined wood stove insert needs to be pulled out by the chimney sweep in order to properly access and clean all areas of the masonry chimney and fireplace cavities. This also allows a proper inspection to determine if any chimney repair needs to occur inside of the house ( rarely is an interior repair needed..)

Unlined inserts were often times installed with a direct connect pan that needs to be removed in order to clean the smoke chamber above the damper. Removing this pan also allows access to the smoke shelf, which is where most of the creosote lands after the chimney cleaning occurs. The smoke shelf is a cavity behind the back wall of the firebox. It is cleaned out by snaking the vacuum hose through the damper opening. Click the following video from our YouTube channel to see a short video showing a direct-connect pan removal:


Here is a video of a rather dirty direct-connect pan drop:


Of course, we do clean un-lined inserts and perform liner installations and masonry repairs. Call to schedule an appointment or estimate. (503) 653-3819.


Cliff and his crew wear amazing. Quality work for an affordable price. We had 6 estimates and Rooftop Chimney came in better than the rest. Highly recommend for honesty, explaining things well and fair price. Thank you Rooftop Chimney!

Angela Grissom


Leaving this review for my parents, who recently hired Cliff from Rooftop Chimney for a chimney repair, back in June. They were quick with an estimate, at a fair price and the work was scheduled promptly. They did an excellent job and we would definitely hire them again in the future or recommend them to friends!

Glenn Loontjens


I’m selling my house and needed the wood stove insert removed. With the closing date approaching, Rooftop Chimney was able to work me in their schedule and get the job done quickly and professionally. I got the DEQ certificate much faster than I thought I would. Thanks to Justin and his crew!!! I would highly recommend Rooftop Chimney.

Iain Mackintosh


Arrived on time – worked very hard to remove our very heavy fireplace insert and took extreme care to do the job well. Completed their work by cleaning our two chimneys and got it all done in good time. We would recommend their services to all.

Cynthia Keene


After selling our home, the inspection indicated that there was some work that needed to be done on our chimney including repairing some mortar as well as putting a top cap on the chimney. I contacted Rooftop Chimney and Roof Services. They were very knowledgeable answering all of my questions. That along with prompt professional service I would recommend them for any chimney needs you may need!

Gloria Cettina

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