1. Welcome Hearth.com Guests and Visitors - Please enjoy our forums!
    Hearth.com GOLD Sponsors who help bring the site content to you:
    Hearthstone Soapstone and Cast-Iron stoves( Wood, Gas or Pellet Stoves and Inserts)

Burn Pot Cleaning <<<Best Way?

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by BARTSFAM, Dec 13, 2010.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. BARTSFAM

    BARTSFAM Member

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2009
    Messages:
    83
    Loc:
    Central MA
    Hello;
    I have the Enviro Milan Insert, with removeable burn pot. What is the best way to clean this properly when the deposits in it get "rock like?" A chemical? Soak the entire thing in water to soften the deposits? Right now I am using a regular screwdriver as a chisel. Are there any better ideas??

    Helpful Sponsor Ads!





  2. ironpony

    ironpony Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2010
    Messages:
    2,012
    Loc:
    mid-ohio via St.Croix USVI
    screwdriver, gasket scraper, chisel whatever works for you
    I use the supplied scraper and a sharp wood chisel,
    seems to get under the edge and pop the whole mess off
    also it could be your stove doesnt like the pellets you're burning
    since I'm burning somersets I get alot less build up
  3. DMZX

    DMZX Member

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2010
    Messages:
    211
    Loc:
    NE. Oregon
    I currently use a putty knife on mine for the daily scrape out, but I an wondering about a Dremel tool w/steel brush attachment especially to clean out the vent holes well.

    My build up is fairly light, but hard. I use conifer pellets.

    I thought about chemicals (kerosene) or soap and water, but that may be an end of the season thing.
  4. nailed_nailer

    nailed_nailer Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2007
    Messages:
    831
    Loc:
    Cape Cod, Ma
    On my Enviro EF-2 Burn pot liner I use a Painters 5-1 tool.

    It is available in any hardware store.

    I use it like a flat scraper to get the loose stuff off. Then I use it as a chipper to get all of the real clinkers off the steel. Once you get the clinker loose you can really pop it off. It breaks apart like dried toothpaste as you chip away at it. I get the steel shiny in just a minute or so.

    The 5-1 tool is stiffer than a putty knife and it has both a pointy side for really digging into the clinkers and cleaning out the holes, and a flatter side to scrape where the front of the tool won't fit.

    Mine is about 5 years old and shows no sign if wear and tear. I use it about every three day in heating season.

    Works for me and is cheap.
    ---Nailer---

    Attached Files:

  5. save$

    save$ Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2008
    Messages:
    1,904
    Loc:
    Chelsea Maine
    Can’t help but wonder if all this scraping with chisels etc. is a matter of what the burn pot is made of. My experience is limited to the cast iron round pot in my napoleon. I never had had anything in my removable burn pot that didn’t just dump out when I turned it over. The burn pot has many holes in the bottom. When the stove is running, there is a draft that blows up through the pot and lifts the ash out. I can easily dust or vacuum the pot, but never any scraping. I could burn for days without any accumulation in the pot with certain brands of pellets. Just get ash all over the inside that that I won’t tolerate more than 3 days.

    Attached Files:

  6. The Radiator

    The Radiator Member

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2010
    Messages:
    91
    Loc:
    Central CT
    I've been using an old screwdriver as a chisel too. I like Nailer's 5 in 1 tool. That could be the ticket. I also noticed on my burn pot liner that some of the holes were getting a little smaller. Found the right size drill bit and poked the holes back to the right size. I was surprised how much it changed the fire, I didn't think there was that much crud in the holes. Next time you guys have the liner out check the holes. :)
  7. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2008
    Messages:
    13,499
    Loc:
    Northwestern CT.
    I have to admit I am a soaker. :red:

    If the carbon is caked on anyway. The first thing I hit is the burnpot. If there is alot of carbon I get a bucket of hot water and a little dish soap mixed in. Let it soak until I have the rest of the stove clean. I haven't had to beat the tar out of it yet. If there is just a small amount I hit it with a old wood chisel to chip it out. I just don't believe in beatin the crap out of the burnpot. I only recommend this on Stainless Steel burnpots though!
  8. magellan900

    magellan900 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2008
    Messages:
    10
    Loc:
    Upstate NY
    As for the holes, go to Walmart and locate the appropriate rifle brush. For my Santa Fe, the 45cal seems to work nicely. Cheap, like under $2.

    Duane
  9. DMZX

    DMZX Member

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2010
    Messages:
    211
    Loc:
    NE. Oregon
    Now there's a good idea. My holes look to be about .30 caliber, so I have a few bronze bushes in my cleaning kit. Maybe put a brush on my drill.
  10. nosaudioil

    nosaudioil Member

    Joined:
    May 26, 2008
    Messages:
    131
    Loc:
    coastal ME
    My experience is limited to the same Napoleon NPS40 that "save$" has. The round burn pot only needs a brush&vac; (usually) once a week.
  11. BARTSFAM

    BARTSFAM Member

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2009
    Messages:
    83
    Loc:
    Central MA
    No matter what I burn, every burning season, I have to chisel out the carbon at least twice. Soaking in water worked, but I didn't know if it was good for the pot. I wish all I had to do was brush and vacuum out the pot.
  12. Corny

    Corny New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2010
    Messages:
    50
    Loc:
    Ontario, Canada
    I'm in my sixth heating season soaking. The pot still looks great. It's stainless, though.
  13. CygnusX1

    CygnusX1 Feeling the Heat

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2008
    Messages:
    350
    Loc:
    Central MA
    I use the old rotary wire brush on my drill.
  14. briansol

    briansol Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2009
    Messages:
    1,913
    Loc:
    central ct
    i have a big serving spoon (1 piece all metal) that i go in with. works good.
  15. Estarrio

    Estarrio Member

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2007
    Messages:
    69
    Loc:
    Mass / RI
    I've always used a wood chisel on my Enviro EF3...

    Do the same on my St Croix insert...but as a secondary unit, I don't have as much build-up.

    The chisel gets everything off...if there is a lot of build-up it can take a few minutes...but it does the trick.
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page