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First Mt Vernon Cleaning

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by joescho, Jun 3, 2013.

  1. joescho

    joescho Feeling the Heat

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    Last year I had the dealer come out and clean my Mt. Vernon insert to teach me. This year I saved the $120 and did it myself. Took me 2 hours because I was being careful.

    First, its pretty heavy even with the doors off. I think I may have bent the levelers pushing it back in. Next year I'll be more careful and try to bend them back. I also made a little table which is the same height as the mantel so I can rest the stove on it when I pulled it out.

    What a pain getting the chimney hook up off. Needed a screwdriver. I hope I did not chew up that gasket on the disconnect.

    Opened up the what I think is the combustion blower and of course ripped the gasket but bought the rubber gasket in case I did rip it. Reached in with a small brush. Was covered in soot up to my elbow.

    The convection blower was completely spotless so I re-attached it and left it alone. Did normal breakdown and maintenance taking out the baffle and the ash pan and such.

    Used one of those dryer cleaning kits on the chimney. I was surprised how much crap came out especially when you spin it with the drill. Should be spotless now.

    Painted the baffle and those little clasps that hold the baffle in, the pot, and the heat exchangers, then put a cup of damp-rid inside. Was a little dissapointed with the paint because I ordered black and got black metallic but its all well and good. Looks like a new stove now.

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  2. will711

    will711 Minister of Fire

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    What no pics?!!!
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  3. Defiant

    Defiant Vermont Castings Geek

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    Pic's or it did not happen:p
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    ScotL Feeling the Heat

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    I don't know about the stove pics, but I really like that avatar picture. He was a great entertainer - probably one of the best. It's a shame Curly died so young.
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  5. joescho

    joescho Feeling the Heat

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    pics tonight.....
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  6. smoke show

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    Did you clean the convection blower too?
  7. Defiant

    Defiant Vermont Castings Geek

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    What is that:p
  8. smoke show

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    Oops reread the op and see he said it was spotless.
  9. joescho

    joescho Feeling the Heat

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    pics as promised
    clean1.JPG
    outside after I was finished (cleaned glass) and put back together



    clean2.JPG

    here's a shot after the paint was dry and I put a cup of damp-rid in the stove.

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