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Best way to utilize the Selkirk Vacuum Cleanout?

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by Don2222, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. Don2222

    Don2222 Minister of Fire

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    Hello

    Granted, this does not take the place of the normal stove cleaning.

    Since we just installed the vacuum cleanouts, I was wondering what might the best way to use it?

    1st I put some TFE paste on the one end of the nipple that I will never take apart.

    Then I unscrewed the cap and put the shop vac on the nipple.
    My shop vac hose is larger than the pipe. Is there a good way to make it an air tight fit?

    After cleaning the ash out of the venting, I put the 150 PSI compressor hose in the air intake of the stove.

    Got some more ash. How about putting the compressor in the ash chambers too?

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  2. DAKSY

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    What is the OD of the nipple & the ID of the shop vac hose, Don? Seems to me you can get a small length of correctly sized tubing & run it from the ID of the vac line to the OD of the nipple, OR
    sacrifice that particular shop vac hose & securely GLUE a PVC connector to the hose with the identical pipe thread & connect to the BIP with a properly sized union...
  3. mepellet

    mepellet Minister of Fire

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    Perhaps use one of those black rubber fittings that are usage on drainage piping. I use one on the linteater shop vac adapter because my shop vac hose is smaller than the adapter connection.
  4. Don2222

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    Pipe nipple diameter is 1-1/4 inches and shop vac hose is 1-1/2 inches. Thanks I will try something like that.
  5. Don2222

    Don2222 Minister of Fire

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    Do you use an air compressor? In your case, to blow the ash out of the chamber where the exhaust fan is, into the shop vac connected to the vacuum cleanout?
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    mepellet Minister of Fire

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    No. I take the exhaust fan impeller off the shaft and use a paintbrush to loosen up the ash and then the shop vac to remove the loose ash.

    For the exhaust path from the fan to the venting I use the 2" brush that came with the linteater set and the shop vac at the same time.
  7. Don2222

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    That's cool, so all the dust that the brush brushes out goes thru the vacuum cleanout into the shop vac! That is neat!

    I just worked on a Harman Advanced today. I took out the fire brick and panels out and after wire brushing and cleaning them well, I coated both sides with Dry Moly. Looks nice and with the smoother surface, it should perform better too!
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    I also had a problem attaching the Vacuum Cleanout to the garage stove.

    The vacuum cleanout needs a longer screw and it is very hard to drill a hole in it. So I put it in and used a drill bit instead of self tappers. I made 2 holes one on each side to support the heavier piece. Then screwed it in and it holds very well now and I can still easily remove it.

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    Hello

    I also read that turning the exhaust blower on while the vacuum cleanout is still hooked up will catch any ash dislodeged while cleaning the stove!

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