Creosote Sweeping Log for my smoky woodstove?
We've heated the house with this large Yotul woodstove for many years. This year, as usual, the chimney was inspected before we fired it up. It's been an unusually warm winter, but for the most part I'm careful to burn small hot fires rather than large smoldering ones.
I don't know about nighttime, though. I don't load the stove up to the gills with wood, but I turn down the air inlet to a smaller opening. In the morning the top of the stove is hot to the touch, and there's a good bed of coals from which to start the next fire. I shovel some ashes out each morning.
My problem is that the stove has been smoking horribly, to the point where if I need to open the door I hold my breath until the door is close--and then go elsewhere to start breathing again. My son and I took apart the stovepipe and cleaned it all out, and vacuumed the interior of the stove, but it didn't help much, and not for long. So the cause must be in the chimney, yes?
I bought one of those Creosote Sweeping Logs for woodstoves. Reviews online speak of chunks of creosote falling from the chimney. That sounds good, but where do they land? Below is a picture of my stovepipe. As you can see, the chimney extends below the pipe; does that mean the creosote will end up at the base of the chimney? This chimney, by the way, doesn't have an opening for shoveling out debris.
Would you recommend that I use the log? Thanks!