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Cleaning your Pellet Stove

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by MacP, Dec 18, 2011.

  1. MacP

    MacP Member

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    What is your routine to clean your pellet stove? How often do you clean it?

    I just wanted to make sure I'm doing everything I can to make sure the stove is running efficiently.

    Any feedback, input, or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!

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  2. jdege

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    I clean once a week, empty & scrape burn pot, empty ash bin, vacum everything & clean glass. Only in my second month so nothing else to date.
  3. PJPellet

    PJPellet Minister of Fire

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    Me too. Harman says you can go a ton between cleanings, but for me there is just so much more mess if I do it every ton. About 1/2 hour a week and a big cleaning at the end of the season.
  4. jdege

    jdege Member

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    And since it is my first year I plan to have a tech do the year end, when you play with numbers all day you are best to leave the bigger things to those in the know
  5. 76brian

    76brian Feeling the Heat

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    Again?
  6. 76brian

    76brian Feeling the Heat

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    Wasting your money IMO. There's nothing complicated or technical about it.
  7. jdege

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    The main thing for me is I feel more comfortable seeing how it is done before I try on my own.
  8. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    Once a week for basic stuff and a full tear down after the 1 to 1 1/2 ton mark.

    You manual should have a schedule for you to follow.
  9. subsailor

    subsailor Minister of Fire

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    I clean the burn pot and glass every week, the heat exchanger and vacuum under the burn pot every other week. I seem to get more heat if I do the heat exchanger regularly. I try to clean the exhaust fan every couple of months.
  10. MacP

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    I've been cleaning the stove every 2 days. I clean the burn pot, glass, and use the ash vac to suck out the ashes. I haven't emptied the ashes in the pot yet or done anything with the blower. I'll look through the manual and I'll do whatever I can. I'll call someone to come out at the end of the season to give it a good cleaning. This way I can watch to see what he does. This way I'll know what to do. I like the idea of giving it a good cleaning every ton that I burn.

    Any recommendations to clean the glass? I remember reading that someone used a newspaper. I've been using Rutland glass cleaner.
  11. thedak

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    Quick XXV cleaning question.

    Can I access the exhaust pipe on a Harman XXV without unbolting the flange ?

    I want to run my brush through the horizontal pipe outside to the T.
  12. imacman

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    Agreed, although I have been known to stretch it a little longer on occasion. :)
  13. 76brian

    76brian Feeling the Heat

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    Did you read the cleaning procedures in your manual? It covers this.
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    thedude110 Feeling the Heat

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    Like, empty empty the burn pot? Per the manual, I leave some stuff in the burn pot when I scrape.

    Do others empty the burn pot completely when scraping?
  15. turbulator

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    I do a thorough clean on mine every sat or sun....shut it down, pull baffle and ash covers....shop vac them out...

    Last night I had some issues - burn pot overflowing.... So I did routine cleaning, and also opened access cover on top of heat exchangers - WOW it was caked with fluffy soot!!! Burning like a beast today!!!

    Pellet stoves/furnaces sure do like a nice cleaning!!
  16. livefreeordie

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    Here are a few pictures of what i clean on my Enviro Empress

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  17. livefreeordie

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    I have more pictures but this forum won't allow me to post more, sorry
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    more picutres

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    Tossed that crap in the trash.
  20. mepellet

    mepellet Minister of Fire

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    Not sure what the manual says but each time I restart the stove I pull most of the loose ash out over the front of the burnpot lip into the ash pan and then use the scraper end of the tool that came with the stove to scrape the burnpot. I leave all the small chunks of carbon buildup and dust in the bottom of the burnpot. Seems to be working ok for me so far.
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    Once a week I vacuum my Accentra FS and clean the glass with a dollop of Madame Defarge's ceramic stove-top cleaner. Every other week I take out the plates and the other removable parts and scrape/vacuum them as well. So far so good.
  22. Trefix

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    Hello.

    Room temp 24/7, for me, and low Feed adjuster (3 1/4, 'cause little home and ~ 68°F setting) :

    - I scrape pot once a day and clean heat exchanger and combustion fan every 15 bags (225 kg ~ 496 lb),
    - I remove feed cover and vacuum feeder weldment after ~ 40 bags, now…

    Au revoir.
  23. jdege

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    After I clear the lose ash out I scrape and then vacume, the burn pot is pretty cleaned out by time I go to restart.
  24. alan323

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    Check my Sig. There is a link to some cleaning instructions there it might help.
  25. fitnesstech

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    I usually clean my stove weekly. Vacuum it, clean the burn Pot, empty the ash drawer, and clean the glass. Mid way through the season and at the end I use the leaf blower on suction to clean out the flue. This doesn't produce much soot as I burn my stove with the damper adjusted to burn clean.
    Due to recent surgery I went 5 Weeks without cleaning it. It gave me no problems. I cleaned it yesterday and was amazed that it was not any worse then it was.

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