How to Make a Chimney Sweep Brush

Updated April 17, 2017

There are few joys greater than enjoying a crackling fire in your home on a blisteringly cold winter night. Unfortunately, your fireplace requires careful maintanence and care to function properly. Soot and ash slowly accumulate in your chimney like cholesterol in an artery, and when the accumulation reaches a certain point, your fire will be forced out of the fireplace. You can make your own chimney sweep brush to avoid the high costs of professional chimney sweeping services.

Place your extendable painter pole on a flat working surface.

Position a plastic wire brush along the pole near the tip. Rotate the brush so that the bristles face away from the pole.

Wrap the brush handle and painter pole tip in at least 10 layers of duct tape.

Extend the painter pole to its full length. Most painter poles feature one or two joints that are tightened into place with a screw ring.

Lock down each joint and wrap in at least 10 layers of duct tape. Doing so will prevent the joints from loosening while you work on your chimney.


Store your chimney brush inside to prevent the duct tape adhesive from getting wet. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Avoid burning magazines, newspaper, fabric or any other non-wooden fuel in your fireplace to cut down on soot accumulation


Do-it-yourself chimney cleaning is a risky venture. Performing the job poorly can result in chimney blockage and in-home fires. Present your chimney sweep brush to a professional for approval.

Things You'll Need

  • Sturdy wire brush
  • 20-foot extendable painter pole
  • Duct tape
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About the Author

Aaron Kopf graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with honors in 2009, holding a Bachelor of Arts in communication. While enjoying his time at college, Kopf was published in The Echo and Vortex magazine.