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potato peelings to clean chimney???
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Old 12-12-2010, 8:24 PM
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Hi all,
I know i know, long time no post

One of the girls told me tonight that I can put my potato peelings on the fire and it will clean the chimney, apparently her mother used to do it (like 40 years ago...)
has anyone else heard of this or is it an old wives tale lol?

I don't compost them as i was told not to, so would love to find a use for them as we have MASSES daily!

Thanks!
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P.S. I promise i did 2 seperate searches, however Im sure the amazing BGs will find my answer in an experienced search! All I found was 2 links about making crisps with them!
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I can see no reason at all for it to work.

Why on earth can't you compost them?
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Everyone with an airtight stove should have their own chimney cleaning brush and rod, and then plan on inducing a controlled chimney flue fire once a month. The use of dried potato peels or newspaper -- but absolutely no wood!

But, most other sites I've googled say it's an old wives' tale supposedly the potato reduces build up of creosote, but that this doesn't work.

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Old 12-12-2010, 9:12 PM
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I cannot comment on using potato peelings to clean the chimney - but for the life of me cannot see how that would work!
I compost potato peelings all the time! thats when I am not making crisps out of them! if you clean the potatoes BEFORE peeling them, then the peelings can either be deep fried, or sprayed with oil and baked in the oven. delish sprinkled with sea salt and black pepper or paprika or a little chilli powder! or my fave - finely grated parmegiano!
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hey guys, thanks for replies!
I had no idea how or why it would work, which was why I asked! OH cleans all 3 chimneys with our brushes, but when she told me about it, I was just thinking its less for the rubbish bin!
As for why i don't compost them, I was told it wasn't good for the compost due to them growing some sort of fungus that can cause blight and that other thing i forget the name of lol! also just googled and many people do add them but found this quote "Be careful if you are organic gardening to watch what non-organic items you compost. For example potato peels have one of hte highest concentrations of chemicals and toxins in our food chain. Many people think nothing of adding them to their compost."
I dont know, I am relatively new to composting (only been doing it for a year since we got hens and realised one bin cost us 800 a year so hens eat alot of leftovers, and we compost all our peelings and veg matter etc) so dont quote me!
I just wondered about the peelings to help keep the soot out of the chimney - turns out alot of our regulars remember their parents burning all sorts of veg peelings for this reason - sounds more like an earlier form of recycling to me!
I would make crisps out of them, but we do industrial quantities of mash every day, as well as proper chips from proper potatos! so we have lots of "skin and chip" waste - thats why i wondered about burning some. I will also do more reading about composting as there are conflicting views! I just took what i was told when we started the heap!
Thanks again, more opinions welcome!
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Jex, why not make potato wedges instead of chips? (for eating, not burning lol)
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Hey Frugal
if it was me i would! But we have to prep mash as well as having a chipper for chips (restaurant / inn with 3 open fires hence question! ) Thats why we have so many peelings and wasted skins / bits too small for chips after sorting chips! in case anyone wondered why we were a carb rich potato dependant household!

I use /reuse everything i possibly can (including the loo roll tube tip for starting fires!) But am always looking for more ways to use / uses for, our hopefully limited waste - my plastic bottle greenhouse is taking over the world!. Even contacted The Territorial army locally recently who can use my plastic 20L fryer oil drums for their training! Thanks to their ad for jerry cans on freecycle!
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if it was me i would! But we have to prep mash as well as having a chipper for chips (restaurant / inn with 3 open fires hence question! ) Thats why we have so many peelings and wasted skins / bits too small for chips after sorting chips! in case anyone wondered why we were a carb rich potato dependant household!

I use /reuse everything i possibly can (including the loo roll tube tip for starting fires!) But am always looking for more ways to use / uses for, our hopefully limited waste - my plastic bottle greenhouse is taking over the world!. Even contacted The Territorial army locally recently who can use my plastic 20L fryer oil drums for their training! Thanks to their ad for jerry cans on freecycle!
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Could you do skin on chips? Our chef used to serve them but we didn't have a chipper so was just quicker to leave skin on before cutting them up?
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Why on earth can't you compost them?
Some poeple advise not composting potatoes, as they can spread blight to the compost and back into the soil. That said, I always compost mine, and have not had problems

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Heard many of these Old wives tales when I was a fireman, none of them work, but it gives the firecrew a laugh.
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My granddad used to have a couple of 'controlled' chimney fires every year to keep the chimney clean. I've never been brave enough to try it myself. I've never tried potato peelings either.

A friend of mine uses his discarded Christmas tree to sweep his chimney though.

Judging by the amount of cr@p it brings down it must be quite effective.
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Everyone with an airtight stove should have their own chimney cleaning brush and rod, and then plan on inducing a controlled chimney flue fire once a month. The use of dried potato peels or newspaper -- but absolutely no wood!

But, most other sites I've googled say it's an old wives' tale supposedly the potato reduces build up of creosote, but that this doesn't work.
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My granddad used to have a couple of 'controlled' chimney fires every year to keep the chimney clean. I've never been brave enough to try it myself. I've never tried potato peelings either.

A friend of mine uses his discarded Christmas tree to sweep his chimney though.

Judging by the amount of cr@p it brings down it must be quite effective.
Controlled burning ? what ? I cant believe people are sooooo STUPID as to set their own chimneys on fire.

I have been a chimney sweep for best part of 5 years now and havent heard of the potato thing thats a new one for me, I cannot see why that would clean a chimney at all.

As for setting fire to your chimney that is damn right dangerous, not only do you risk damage to the chimney or liner you are also endanering your life and property and those around you.

There are cleaning products available such as chimney logs or chimney devils which if burn regularly can help keep your chimney clean but nothing compares to getting it swept at least once a year.

One old wives tale is that if you do get a chimney fire pour salt or sugar on it to put it out, DO NEITHER. Pouring salt on a fire will create Chlorine gas which is extremely dangerous and can kill, sugar will give the fire more fuel and will probably make it worse. Best thing to do for a chimney fire is pour water on it to create steam and then call the fire brigade, and again contrary to myths they dont charge for chimney fires.
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I orginally posted on old style money saving! I didnt expect to not have to sweep chimney, i was looking for a use for alot of waste! We reuse alot of stuff, so to hear it would help keep chimney clean was why i asked!
I wont use them to help clean soot, nor will i compost them!
but thanks!
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Cook the crisps up and make your own brand, sell them in the bar. Or, if they're not that great, cook them up and give them away on a quiet night to get people in.
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We had chickens when I was a child, all the potato peeling were boiled up mashed and mixed with 'layers mash' which we bought from the locals corn merchants, then fed to the chickens, warm in the winter and cold in the summer, they thrived on it.
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We had chickens when I was a child, all the potato peeling were boiled up mashed and mixed with 'layers mash' which we bought from the locals corn merchants, then fed to the chickens, warm in the winter and cold in the summer, they thrived on it.

Boo, you beat me to it. I was going to suggest that!!
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It does not clean the chimney, they used to do it to stop coal from burning too quickley to save money.
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