Soot-Loose Chimney & Flue Cleaner

At a glance

  • Australia’s #1 Chimney and flue Cleaner
  • Trusted for over 35 years
  • Dissolves tar and creosote that has accumulated over time
  • Increases heater efficiency and reduces smoke emissions
  • Regular use prevents build-up of tar, creosote and soot
  • Helps to prevent dangerous flue fires.
  • Non-hazardous and non-flammable
  • Non-corrosive organic solvent 
  • Independently tested & proven to work
  • Available sizes: 3x50g sachet box & 250g tin.

Australia's most trusted chimney cleaner

Rubbedin Soot-Loose makes cleaning your chimney/flue quick and easy, Soot-Loose is based on a non-flammable, non-hazardous, non-corrosive organic solvent which travels up the chimney or flue and dissolves the tar and creosote that has accumulated over time. With regular use Soot-Loose will prevent the build up of tar, creosote and soot in your chimney/flue, while increasing efficiency of your heater, reducing it's smoke emissions and preventing dangerous flue fires. Unlike salt based flue cleaners, Soot-Loose will not corrode stainless steel flues.

Soot-Loose Chimney and Flue Cleaner has been tested thoroughly, by a NATA Certified Laboratory, according to joint Australia and New Zealand Standards AS/NZ4013 and AS/NZ4012.

This test proved that Soot-Loose increased the thermal efficiency of the fuel stove appliance to it's original efficiency. During the test, creosote and soot on the interior of the flue was removed by Soot-Loose Chimney cleaner resulting in reduced smoke emmissions.  The test also showed that Soot-Loose chimney cleaner does not add any new harmful products to the flue gasses that don't already exist.

Soot-Loose is the Original Australian Chimney and Flue Cleaner and has been used and trusted in homes across the country for over 25 years.

Rubbedin are proud members of the AHHA.

*Disclaimer: The Australian Home Heating Association Inc (AHHA), representing the manufacturing, retailing, installation, maintenance and firewood sectors of the home heating industry does not endorse Soot-Loose or any other fuel stove products.

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Soot-Loose Chimney & Flue Cleaner

At a glance

  • Australia’s #1 Chimney and flue Cleaner
  • Trusted for over 35 years
  • Dissolves tar and creosote that has accumulated over time
  • Increases heater efficiency and reduces smoke emissions
  • Regular use prevents build-up of tar, creosote and soot
  • Helps to prevent dangerous flue fires.
  • Non-hazardous and non-flammable
  • Non-corrosive organic solvent 
  • Independently tested & proven to work
  • Available sizes: 3x50g sachet box & 250g tin.

Australia's most trusted chimney cleaner

Rubbedin Soot-Loose makes cleaning your chimney/flue quick and easy, Soot-Loose is based on a non-flammable, non-hazardous, non-corrosive organic solvent which travels up the chimney or flue and dissolves the tar and creosote that has accumulated over time. With regular use Soot-Loose will prevent the build up of tar, creosote and soot in your chimney/flue, while increasing efficiency of your heater, reducing it's smoke emissions and preventing dangerous flue fires. Unlike salt based flue cleaners, Soot-Loose will not corrode stainless steel flues.

Soot-Loose Chimney and Flue Cleaner has been tested thoroughly, by a NATA Certified Laboratory, according to joint Australia and New Zealand Standards AS/NZ4013 and AS/NZ4012.

This test proved that Soot-Loose increased the thermal efficiency of the fuel stove appliance to it's original efficiency. During the test, creosote and soot on the interior of the flue was removed by Soot-Loose Chimney cleaner resulting in reduced smoke emmissions.  The test also showed that Soot-Loose chimney cleaner does not add any new harmful products to the flue gasses that don't already exist.

Soot-Loose is the Original Australian Chimney and Flue Cleaner and has been used and trusted in homes across the country for over 25 years.

Rubbedin are proud members of the AHHA.

*Disclaimer: The Australian Home Heating Association Inc (AHHA), representing the manufacturing, retailing, installation, maintenance and firewood sectors of the home heating industry does not endorse Soot-Loose or any other fuel stove products.

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  • How to use
  • Tips For Your Fireplace
  • FAQ's

How to use our chimney & flue cleaner

  1. Make a good hot fire and allow it to die down to hot coals.
  2. Adjust unit, if possible, so airflow is travelling up the flue slowly.
  3. Place sealed sachet of Soot-Loose on the hot coals (no need to cut sachet open, as packet will burn during process). If using a tin: Place 2 heaped tablespoons on the hot coals.
  4. After 15-20 minutes, the process is complete.
  5. Re-ignite the fire to allow any loose soot remaining in the flue to be flushed out.
  6. CAUTION - In the case of an open fireplace: Place a guard in front of the fireplace to protect any persons, floor coverings or furniture, as hot soot may fall from the chimney/flue back into and around the hearth.
  7. If the chimney/flue is heavily sooted, use 2 sachets of Soot-Loose in a single application.
  8. When using your heating unit regularly, Soot-Loose should be used once per week.

A yearly inspection of your chimney/flue by a professional is recommended.

How to clean your Pizza Oven

  1. Make sure the pizza oven and coals are hot.
  2. Place a large baking tray under the flue/chimney (to catch anything that may fall back down) Most of the build up will be dissolved and go out the chimney.
  3. Throw the sachet onto the hot coals.
  4. Allow the product to dissolve up the chimney 30mins.
  5. If you are able to remove the empty packet from the coals, remove it and restart the fire and allow to burn for 20mins.
  6. Once the coals are cool remove baking tray, all coals and wood and discard.
  7. Your chimney should be nice and clean.
  8. Regular cleaning is recommended to prevent large build ups

 

Safety

  • Never use petrol, oil or kerosene to help light the fire as they can cause an explosion.
  • If you have young children - a guard around any form of heating is a good precaution - Ask your dealer for advice on the best type.
  • Smoke detectors save lives. With or without a fireplace, a smoke detector is a good investment in your family’s safety.

Getting Started

  • Use kindling wood, paper and fire lighters to get the fire started. Large pieces of wood should be added after a bed of hot coals has been established.
  • Leave air controls open for 20 - 30 minutes to start the fire burning. You can expect some smoke from your flu when you first start but it should not last longer than 15 minutes.

Fueling your Fire

  • It’s important to get the fire hot as quick as possible & maintain it for the heating period.
  • Most heaters burn better with 3 or 4 logs rather than 1 or 2. Logs should not be too big -- 2kg to 4 kg or 40cm logs are typical.
  • Heaters with grates will perform better with a layer of ash on the base of the firebox, and should only need cleaning periodically. When cleaning out the ash, always leave 10mm or so behind.
  • Efficient burning only occurs when adequate air is supplied to the fuel. Leave air controls on for 15 - 20 minutes after reloading.

Overnight Burning

  • For overnight burning, load the heater at least half an hour before going to bed. Only turn the air supply down to a minimum once all the wood is charred  (about 15 - 20 minutes).
  • Most heaters should still burn for eight hours without difficulty and you will have far less creosote problems than if you fill the heater and turn it to slow burn straight away.
  • It will probably take you some time to get the feel of operating your heater for long periods. You might even find that once you have a good lighting method worked out and your house is well insulated you don’t need to burn overnight except on the coldest nights.
  • Do not close down air supply totally overnight - a little air avoids a lot of smoke.

Buying Fuel

  • It is always best, to use the type of fuel recommended by the manufacturer. If your heater meets the national emission standards, it will have a compliance plate which specifies the correct fuel to use.
  • Be sure of what you are buying or collecting in firewood.

Money Saving

  • Getting the best performance from your fuel and heater will save you money each year.
  • Make your home energy efficient by insulating the ceilings and walls.
  • Prevent heat leaks through cracks in doors and windows.
  • Reduce heat loss through windows by drawing heavy curtains at night.
  • Leaving the firebox open will affect the efficiency and reduce the heat output of your heater.

Wood Storage

  • Buy your wood in Spring or Summer as heaters operate best when wood is completely dry and well seasoned.
  • Store wood undercover in a dry ventilated area. Wood stored on pallets in a crisscrossed fashion allows air to circulate freely.

Service and Maintenance

  • The key to clean and efficient heating is not just installing an efficient heater, it is also operating and maintaining it correctly.
  • Whatever the age of your heater, use it correctly to reduce the need for repairs and servicing. Every heater has slightly different characteristics, so read and follow any instructions from the manufacturer carefully.
  • Service your heater during Spring or early Summer. This minimizes the corrosive effects of creosote residues and condensation during the off season.
  • Prior to winter, check the condition of the heater including the flu, door, seals and baffles. Specifically check for bird nests in or near the flu systems in the roof cavity. If loose insulation has been added to the ceiling check carefully that none has built up in the flu cavity clearance area.  Alternatively, have an experienced service person to do these checks.
  • Flues should be checked regularly by a chimney sweep.
  • Make it a habit to look outside and check your flu for smoke.

Based on text kindly provided by the Australian Home Heating Association Inc.

Can pregnant woman use it?

Yes, anything that can cause fetal abnormalities has to be stated, by law, globally.

How does it work?

The Soot-Loose contains a solvent that only reacts on heat. When the product is placed onto the hot coals, the solvent is released. The solvent then follows the air flow up the flue. When it comes in contact with soot deposits, it works by dissolving the tar that holds the soot together.  

How and when is the best time to use Soot-Loose? (how high must the flame be)

The optimal time to use Soot-Loose is at the end of the burn, when the air flow is traveling up the flue slowly. Soot-Loose will not be effective if the air flow is traveling fast, as it will not have time to react. (No flame/when flame has died down)

Is the Soot-Loose dangerous to people or the environment?

No, Soot-Loose does not contain harmful or corrosive chemicals.

Will Soot-Loose corrode my metal flue?

No, Soot-Loose is the only chimney cleaner available that is based on an organic solvent and does not contain corrosive salts.

How often should I use Soot-Loose?

We recommend that you use Soot-Loose weekly during periods of use

How do I know if I need to clean the flue?

Generally a dirty flue will generate a lot of smoke. Also, you may hear crackling in the flue when the unit is in use.  

What type of heating units and flue is Soot-Loose suitable for?

Soot-Loose is available for all types of heating units, including open fireplaces and brick flues.

I am about to try this product in my wood heater and was wondering how it works. I understand it is magnesium, can you explain how it does this?

Soot loose works by releasing the chemical agent as the char is being burnt up. The chemical slowly moves up the chimney or flue and breaks down the soot and creosote

What do I do if I haven’t cleaned my chimney in over 10 years/ever?

Use an entire 250g tin or 5x sachets all together and follow as per instructions.

I have a double burn wood heater, is it ok to use Soot-Loose?

Yes it is ok to use Soot-Loose on a double burn wood heater

Can I use Soot-loose on a Webber Kettle?

Not recommended as never been tested with this product. If build up caused by oil and food residue suggest BBQ Magic.

My dog has eaten some Soot-Loose, what will happen?

Soot-Loose is Non-toxic, however the active ingredient can be dangerous if large quantities are consumed. A Soot-Loose sachet contains 8g’s of active ingredient and the fatal dose is 3.6g per kg of body weight. The customers dog weighed 10kg and only consumed a very small amount. Symptoms of ingestion are headaches, dizziness, nausea and vomiting. If this occurs take to the vet straight away. Make sure your dog drinks plenty of water.

What is “SOOT”?

The fine black particles, chiefly composed of carbon, produced by incomplete combustion of coal, oil, wood, or other fuels.

What is ‘TAR”?

A thick, black, viscous liquid obtained by the distillation of wood, coal, etc., and having a varied composition according to the temperature and material employed in obtaining it.

What is “Creosote”?

A colorless to yellowish oily liquid containing phenols and creosols, obtained by the destructive distillation of wood tar, especially from the wood of a beech, and formerly used as an expectorant in treating chronic bronchitis.

Can I use Soot-Loose on my wood burning stove that has a catalytic converter?

Yes you can use Soot-Loose on a wood burning that has a catalytic converter

Is your Soot-Loose product suitable for flues where the roof is used for water catchment (domestic water tanks & drinking).

The soot-Loose should not be an issue for drinking water. The product is designed to soften up the resins and tars that line the inside of the chimney flue – causes them to collapse and drip back down into the fireplace to be properly consumed by ongoing fires. It does not cause residues to come out and land on the roof, certainly no more than you would get without using Soot-Loose.


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