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How many times have you done the leaf blower cleaning this season?

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by save$, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. save$

    save$ Minister of Fire

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    New Year's Day, the fire was getting sloppy, ash was building in the pot on day 2 following inside only cleaning. Time to get out the leaf blower and vac. out the flu. Out comes the dreded black smoke monster. About 5 min. On on and off, then done. Restarted fire. Fire now spitting up like a snake's tongue. Just in time for this cold snap. This is the second time for using the leaf blower this year. Stove runs like new again! This is day 2, still no build up of ash in the burn pot. I continue to vac the inside of the stove on day 3 just because that is my routein.

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  2. Danny Cathcart

    Danny Cathcart Member

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    Once so far. Will do again at the end of this month. I reckon if I take care of my stove, it'll take care of me by keeping my butt warm :)
  3. P38X2

    P38X2 Minister of Fire

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    Once. I'll do it again at the end of the heating season.
  4. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    Twice so far first time at 25 bags and then again at 75 bags at 50 bags I just dropped the two side baffles and used the vacuum.
  5. imacman

    imacman Guest

    None....my set-up doesn't allow for it. I use the LintEater w/ vac from inside the house through the clean out-T for the pipe only.
  6. Xena

    Xena Minister of Fire

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    Same as iMacman cept I use loveless ash vac in thru the cleanout T. Going into 8th yr doing this and have never had a plugged up stove. :)
  7. tsmith

    tsmith Minister of Fire

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    twice, just did it new years day. I usually do once a month
  8. Bioburner

    Bioburner Minister of Fire

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    Planning on doing a complete cleaning Sunday as temps are coming back up and the ash pan is going to be full. 2nd time to use the blower this season. Will be end of second ton of pellets end of next week.
  9. mepellet

    mepellet Minister of Fire

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    Technically, none. I use the linteater with shop vac adapter. I attack the venting from the outside and take the filter out of the shop vac. Creates a good cloud. :D
  10. ekarlis

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    Hey Guys, Have a stupid question. When you do the leaf blower trick, do you leave the slide gate open or
    closed? Could you possibly damage the vacuum switch??? My buddy is saying to close the slide gate,
    I say leave it open. Who's right??
    Thanks
    Ed
  11. chrisasst

    chrisasst Minister of Fire

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    Most people will say to unhook the vac line.
  12. save$

    save$ Minister of Fire

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    Disconnect the vac tube. Very easy to do on my stove. I don't know what you mean by side gates?
    I run the door open and close during the vac.process. Also tap you exhaust with the handle of a wooden screwdriver during the vac . I put a remote controls the plug so I can turn the leaf vac on and off while I am inside with the stove.
  13. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    If you don't know what the vacuum switch can stand on your stove open the door or remove one end of the hose.

    But for most stoves that leaf blower isn't going to be able to hurt the switch at all.
  14. DexterDay

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    None yet. I just cleaned the Quad after about a ton..

    Just a "lil" ash build up :)

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  15. 343amc

    343amc Feeling the Heat

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    Once on December 19. Only 20 or so bags into it at that time but it was nice out that day.
  16. briansol

    briansol Minister of Fire

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    0. never done it. don't have a leaf 'vac'.... i just have a backpack blower and can't justify the added cost just for the stove. i'm doing the dryer vent trick next ton.
  17. heat seeker

    heat seeker Minister of Fire

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    Once a ton, going to do it this weekend, 3rd time this season.
  18. kenstogie

    kenstogie Feeling the Heat

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    Did it once but will do it again soon (on the next warm day, no hurry though) I don't think I need it but will do it to see how much "stuff" comes out. My idea is to brush it through the clean out T then do the LBT.
  19. SXIPro

    SXIPro Feeling the Heat

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    None. I just send one of my neighbors cats up the pipe.
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  20. Tim M.

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    So here's a question for you folks, I'm pretty new so dont laugh. I have a leaf blower but blower only so no vacuum option although there is a nice new black and decker 240MPH electric blower / vac on ebay right now with free shipping for $44 that I might snag for this. Anyway back to the original question .... if I was to use my gas powered backpack blower could I blow it out from the inside of the house, take the stove away from the exhaust pipe, stuff the blower in the exhaust pipe from the inside blowing out and let er rip???? Anyone ever done this, I've seent he leaf blower videos on youtube but everyone is sucking from the outside and nobody is blowing from the inside out.

    Thanks.
  21. heat seeker

    heat seeker Minister of Fire

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    I wouldn't do it. Besides, if you use suction from outside, you'll draw ash from inside the stove, too, which is even more important to clean than the venting (although both are important!).
  22. chuckster

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    Once so far. Cleaned the stove thoroughly first then ran the brush thru. Did the leaf blower and hardly anything came out. Will do one more time at end of season.
  23. Tim Linden

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    LOL Tim I was thinking that's what everyone was doing. - Tim
  24. frogman

    frogman New Member

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    Lets see i will do mine about every 2-3 weeks yes i know it does not need to be done that many times but it makes me feel better and i know there is no ash build up in the pipe. i use a shop vac inside on the clean-out T shove it up there after a lint brush and seal it with a old pellet bag and let it rip. it only take a few minutes to do so in the end i have clean everything.
  25. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    Never, ever run a gasoline powered device inside the living areas of a house.

    If you want to use that unit on the stove there have been folks who have done it from the outside via their OAK, one caution on doing it that way. Make absolutely certain that the stove door to the fire box is closed and latched.

    I can't speak to how well doing it that way works.

    Here is the way it normally is done:



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