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When the flue is open you can't see anything, but I could feel it on the louver (with gloves on!). The cap has been off for several years, and I had chimney monsters nesting this past spring, and heavy rains spring to fall.

Just replaced the cap and thought cleaning out the nest would be as simple as opening the flue and poking the crap out with a pole....

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I am not sure what you mean by louver. Why can't you just open the flue and poke the nest (to break it up)? –  wallyk Nov 10 '13 at 20:42
    
The louvers are the two long metal parts of the flue that open & close. There is no actual nest - whatever nesting material has compacted into a 2 inch thick hard mass on top of the metal. I opened & closed the flue rapidly and nothing broke off/fell out. When the flue is open you can't see anything. –  Scottie Nov 11 '13 at 17:04

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