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Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by djs_net, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. imacman

    imacman Guest

    This is exactly why some of us get frustrated, when the symptoms we've seen hundreds of times indicate that the stove is dirty inside, but we get the owner telling us "it's a clean as a whistle....you can eat off the inside of it", and things like that. THEN, when the owner finally really does a proper cleaning, suddenly the stove isn't as clean as we are led to believe.

    Don't know if this is a pride thing on people's part, that they just don't want to admit something, or they don't want to believe they did a poor job, or what.

    But it all goes back to what you said (and the original.... Krooser)..."80% of all stove problems are caused by a dirty stove!"
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  2. save$

    save$ Minister of Fire

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    Fantastic! That is what I call a team effort. In your defense, I don't recall any manual that would advise you to be so aggressive cleaning your unit. Yet, unless you hired it done by a competent stove tech, or were as agreeable as you were to follow the forum's advice, you would still be cold and frustrated. Now when someone else signs in with a problem that sounds like what you experienced, you can pass on what you have learned. That's how it works here. (We also like pictures and some humor!)
  3. DexterDay

    DexterDay Guest

    Knowing the air path, from intake to exhaust collar, is crucial to the proper cleaning of a stove. Without knowing where the air goes? One doesn't know where the ash goes...

    Congrats on the clean stove. Those long brushes are a life saver. I probably have 30 different brushes I have collected over the years.
  4. Gary Gileau

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    Good news! All the time I was following the thread I became more convinced you were getting a tired out blower. I'm glad I was wrong:)
  5. djs_net

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    I can't speak for others, but in my case it had nothing to do with pride or admiting I was wrong. I honestly had no idea that the surface areas behind the ash traps were so big and needed to be brushed. I vaccuum those areas regularly and they looked clean.

    Knowing what I know now, I'm shocked that there isn't more detailed cleaning instructions in the owners manual or a better way to access the chamber. Even with the long brush, I feel like there's ash I'm missing in there.
  6. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    I hated the blind area's that lurk inside the breckwell stoves. I never felt I could get all the crud out of there either. So the replacement stove wasn't going to have(or as little as possible) blind passages. My Enviro has a removable inner wall/baffle that makes life easier! There are a few others brands out there too!

    Glad your burning again! ;)

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