The kitchen chimney is clean. I am not.
It's been three years, and last winter I was a bit nervous about letting the fire get too hot, especially when I first started the stove up. But faithfully I kept putting the Rutland (unabashed plug here for the stuff) Creosote Cleaner to it, once or twice a week.
This is amazing stuff. I've never seen such a clean (pre-wire brushing) chimney. That means i do NOT have to do this every year, I do NOT have to hire someone to do it for me. Yet.
Tomorrow, I do it all again in the dining room. I may not even mind.