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CLEANING YOUR STOVE WITH A LEAFBLOWER... NO KIDDING!

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by krooser, Dec 1, 2008.

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  1. pastera

    pastera Feeling the Heat

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    Tried this this afternoon.

    Stove - Lennox Traditions
    Blower - Homelite model UT08550

    The vacuum tube on this blower fits almost perfectly over 3" pellet vent pipe.

    Took about 1 min to clean - ran a brush through after and only got a dusting out.

    Stove seems happier after the cleaning.

    Aaron

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  2. richg

    richg Minister of Fire

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    Interesting setup. I've used a shop vac hooked to the vent pipe and it worked very well. Next up is using compressed air to blow stuff out from inaccessable locations.
  3. ResOps

    ResOps New Member

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    great idea - I'm gonna leave (pun intended) my catcher bag on to try this. I have been pulling the exchanger/baffle plates out for cleaning but this is soo much easier.
  4. chas1969

    chas1969 New Member

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    Thanks for the idea !!!

    This morning went to wallyMart and got a green leaf blowing machine with suck option and tried it. For 1 min I had a good amount of fly ash spewing out. Very fast and very clean (for me) way to clean the vent pipe:)

    Thanks !!!

    Chas
  5. chrisasst

    chrisasst Minister of Fire

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  6. Macrovertigo

    Macrovertigo New Member

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    Hi, this string has been an eye-opener with regard to ash removal - I am glad I read it before plunking down $200 plus bucks for a Cheetah. This may be obvious to veterans, but I have to ask - if I am using a blower to suck out the ashes from the outside through the vent, do I still have to be sure that the stove is off and cool? This is my first week with my pellet stove running (finally). I have a new Mt Vernon and love how it heats my two levels, 2000sf.
  7. mkmh

    mkmh New Member

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    Yes always shut down and let everything cool down before any kind of cleaning on maintenance (except a quick burn pot scrape). You don't want to blow hot ashes all over the place. Big fire risk, and also i'm sure this could destroy the leafblower if it pulled out a smoldering pellet or two.

    A good ash vac would still be money well spent. At a minimum, buy a good shop vac with a sheetrock filter.
  8. Harvick29

    Harvick29 New Member

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    Are you sure those pellets arent made in texas?

    [​IMG]

    Looks like Chuck Norris On the Bag To Me :lol:

    My craftsman shop vac doubles as a leaf blower So thats how Im planning to do mine.
  9. sydney1963

    sydney1963 New Member

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    I love this forum, great idea.
  10. drizler

    drizler Minister of Fire

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    Nice idea and I will have to give it a try myself one fine day. That should do a lot for corn burner even more than pellet heads since corn generates so much crap. My stove has a couple knock outs behind the phony fire brick to get in back of the fire pot. Every time I look back there a lot of built up crud is waiting for me. The sign in my stove of blockage is a flame that is lazy and pulls always to one side. That is a great way to suck it all out. I have a gas Poulin that has the same bottom feed bagged vac feature.
  11. save$

    save$ Minister of Fire

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    After burning two tons of pellets, my stove started acting different. The flame was "lazy", the burn pot overfilled with half burned pellets, the stove wasn't putting out good heat. This all came to head in two days! I always cleaned my stove every 2-3 days. Shut it down and used the vac to get all visible ash out. Even use a paint brush to dust down the inside walls. Only takes about 5 min. so it really is a small effort for a good running stove. But this time it didn't do the trick. In my crusty old memory, I recalled the thread on using a leaf blower with the vac attachment. Put it in the "Search Forums" and up came the thread started by Krooser. Off I went to Lowes. I found a Troy built leaf bower with vac attachment for $39.00 I picked up the PVC and adapter recommended. With some trusty duct tape I was able to recreate the vac as pictured. When I turned on the leaf vac I had to get away from it fast. Out came a massive black cloud. After running the blower for 20 min. I did turn on the stove, but without fuel. Ran it for 5 more minutes with the blower leaf blower still on. When I was ready to run the stove, it was back to my usual burn. Nice burn of pellets jumping around in the burn pot and not building up! Very thankful for this forum. Much more informative and supportive than that of the manufacturer.
  12. JoeS

    JoeS Feeling the Heat

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    I tried this last weekend and what a great way to clean the exhaust. I wish everybody could have seen the crap coming out of this pipe. I laughed my butt off! Thanks for the suggestion, I like the easy way of doing things!
  13. Pellet1

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    I wrote in another thread that I had used my blower to clean out the vent and flu liner, but I did it from inside the house, at the cleanout Tee. This sucking procedure only works if you have access to the outside of the stove vent. My vent pipe is going into a 5" SS liner which travels up my 18' chimney. I may be able to adapt a vacume system to the top, but I would then be perched atop my roof while carrying an array of gear. Anybody have a similar setup, and any thoughts on how that can be dealt with.
  14. Pellet1

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    That's what I did, except the stove was not running as I had driven my shopvac hose up past the stove outlet in thru the tee cleanout. I gotta come up with a way because sucking the stove clean is a whole lot less messy than blowing it clean. LOL
  15. Padon

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    Cleaned the HR-01 Harvester wednesday & WOW, It does work, I got the stove used & never really did a good cleaning, Being new to this Who knew. The stove runs better now than since I hooked it up. :)
  16. imacman

    imacman Guest

    I'm sure the leaf blower made a big difference to the way the stove runs now, but did you also pull your blowers out of the stove and clean them?

    The leaf blower won't get the "baked on" stuff in the blowers...especially the combustion blower. After 2 tons, it's time to clean them.
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    Hey before the winter, I used my shop vac sealed around it with rags and let it run for 5minutes it did a nice job.
  18. dcarpenter

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    Hey Krooser, I see you instructions but none of the images for performing the trick are there anymore. Do you have a document you can email me with these pictures in it??
  19. Pellet1

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    Thanks for the information. I would strongly suggest that you clear away all those combustables beneath your outlet. It would be unfortunate to start a fire outside beside the house.
  20. krooser

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    Not sure if I still have 'em...

    I'll look...
  21. BIG WATER

    BIG WATER New Member

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    I did my monthly leaf blower cleaning. Then for good measures I did the annual inside thorough cleaning.
    When I took apart the combustion fan. The impeller and the manifold were cleaner than a whistle.

    The clean out T on the inside had no ash. I was able to scrape loose built up ash behind the wall to the ash traps and the heat tubes.
    But the leaf blower does a great job to the exhaust parts.

    This technique that krooser has shown us is great. It has improved the quality of my life.

    Two tons Red fir pellets
  22. krooser

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    You're welcome... I didn't invent it I just stole the idea...
  23. Gumby1

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    Thanks for all the info Krooser. Just finished up my cleaning. First cleaned the stove out then the chimney. And then the best part was trying the leafblower. Just when you think the stove was cleaned out good you turn on the blower. HOLY CRAP. That sucks everything out. Thanks again for all the pictures and info.
    Ron
  24. susb8383

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    Hi,

    I know this thread is a couple of years old, but I just found it.

    Any suggestions on what to use to go around the 90 degrees of the clean out tee? Never tried but I don't think it's going to be easy to take off...
  25. imacman

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    If the cleanout T is outside, then just remove it and connect leaf blower directly to straight pipe coming out through the wall, or try removing the vertical pie coming out of the T. If it seems too tight to turn by hand, try a strap wrench.
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