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CSL Pellet Stove Cleaner....Any Thoughts?

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by BARTSFAM, Oct 19, 2012.

  1. BARTSFAM

    BARTSFAM Member

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    I saw CSL Pellet Stove Cleaner in the supermarket today for $14.99. Although I see it at Amazon for $8.29..

    Does anyone have any thoughts...have they used it for the pellet stove?? Is it just a gimmick?
    My wife wants to try it, just because it promises cleaner glass...

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  2. imacman

    imacman Guest

    Looks like snake oil to me.
  3. Bioburner

    Bioburner Minister of Fire

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    Could it be a form of soot destroyer (used for wood stves)incorporated into pellet for a premium price?
  4. DexterDay

    DexterDay Guest

    What exactly does it do? And how would it help to clean the glass? (Is it glass cleaner)?
  5. Bioburner

    Bioburner Minister of Fire

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    I tried to check it out at Amazon. Use for a cleaner stove,blah,blah, blah. Pellets with mystery compound. I find it hard to believe that a couple of pounds of it could do as promised.
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    Harvey Schneider Minister of Fire

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    Sounds like somebody needs to do the experiment and see if it does any good.
    Before and after pictures of a combustion blower would be nice.
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    from the makers of CHA CHA CHA CHIA. Its got to work
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  8. BARTSFAM

    BARTSFAM Member

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    I'm sorry I was away for awhile.
    This stuff is in the supermarket, beside the CSL (Creosote Sweeping Logs) logs that are supposed to clean your woodstove. I guess they promise the same results as the log, and then you are supposed to use them once a month during the pellet stove burning season.

    I'll bite on them, and give it a try and see how it works. The box promised to keep your glass cleaner longer, which is why my wife was interested.
    I'll give them a try, and report back in a few weeks.
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  9. 76brian

    76brian Feeling the Heat

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    I've seen the commercials for the logs before, but today I saw one that mentioned the pellet stove product at the end. Came here to see if someone had mentioned it. It's been a few weeks... what's the scoop? :)

    I know the logs are not meant as a replacement for actual physical sweeping of the flue, but the chemicals impregnated in the log apparently make hardened buildup easier to brush out. I think the claims they make are a little far fetched. I've heard they help somewhat, but I don't think there's any way they can do what the commercial claims.
  10. Stevekng

    Stevekng Feeling the Heat

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    I have seen this too and was not tempted to waste my money. $15 will buy about 3 bags (120 lbs.) . The box of magic beans is about a pound. A real no brainer, if ever I've seen one.
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    hockeypuck Feeling the Heat

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    I use a Rutland Soot Sweep product that is great for my wood insert. Throw a scoop on every other week. It turns the greasy, gummy creosote into a hard scale that makes it easy to clean. I have to admit I threw a half a scoop in my pellet stove, but I do not think that the pellets stoves create the soot like a wood stove. The stuff works, it just may not be necessary for a pellet stove.

    Edit: And yes.. it is not a replacement for cleaning.. just makes cleaning easier.
  12. P38X2

    P38X2 Minister of Fire

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    Where's the report from the OP? Lol.

    I also have no idea what this product is supposed to do. I'd like to think if a pellet stove had creosote in it that the owner of the stove would get a tech out there asap...or buy a new stove.

    Does it catalyze the glass gunk and poof, its gone, leaving only the fresh scent of pine?
  13. CygnusX1

    CygnusX1 Feeling the Heat

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    Like cleaning your stove is that hard.
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    maybe it cleans the house too?
  15. Dtunes

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    I might be misunderstanding the nature of the product, but wouldn't it only keep the glass clean while it's being burnt. Do they expect you to use it constantly(assuming it actually "works")? Either way it only takes me 30 secs and a few sprays of white vinegar to clean my glass, I wouldn't spend any extra money on a solution for a non-existent problem. I also have my stove/exhaust pipes cleaned regularly, I doubt this product would really make much of a difference.

    For what it's worth my chimney sweep did recommend CSL for our fireplace. Like others have said, he explained it makes cleaning easier and more efficient, but it's no replacement for a proper cleaning.
  16. imacman

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    Like I said above, snake oil.

    I only use water, paper towel, and occasionally some ash to get stubborn stains.....that's it.
  17. notch

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    As hockeypuck pointed out, the idea behind CSL products is to chemically transform the oily creosote into a hard scale that won't ignite and is easier to brush out. Creosote typically forms as flue gases cool in the flue or liner. Since pellet stoves burn fuel much more completely than wood stoves or fireplaces, there is less creosote formation to begin with but depending on your flue situation you can still get creosote build up. Uninsulated liners in outside wall chimneys cool flue gasses quickly and would probably benefit the most.

    Best thing to do would be to ask your sweep what they think. Or if you sweep your own then try it and see if there is less oily creosote on your brush when you finish.
  18. northernweather

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    I have used the chimney sweeping log from this company several times. It claims to loosen the creosote in the chimney and let it fall harmlessly to the cleanout tee. that simply does not happen, but it certainley does make brushing my chimney a lot easier, shines like new after i'm done and creosote takes longer to re-form on the liner. Like was mentioned previously, it is not hard to clean my pellet stove anyway - and im a newbie!


    ADDED: The chimney on my wood burning stove is the one i'm referring to.
  19. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    IMHO your pellet eater shouldn't get a creosote build up or there is something wrong. Long low burns might cause it, But its just too easy to crank it up for a few hours each day to eliminate it.

    I'm with imacman-snake oil and a total waste of cash.
  20. gambler13

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    Don't know anything about this product or its claims but yes, pellet stoves can get a slight creosote buildup. I was told by the Harman rep to burn in the stove setting every once in awhile to help prevent a buildup as the stove setting will burn hotter.
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    Bunch of skeptics...;hm
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  22. Lady Buffalo Pellet

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    I bought some at Walmart and threw some in the with regular pellets and didn't really notice much. Then once I clean the stove and threw 1/2 a box in as the directions stated and what do you know... went evening, night and early morning and there was hardly any ash to speak of. That has renewed my faith so I am on the hunt for some more for a cheap as I can find it.

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