How often do you clean the burnpot in your Harman XXV ?

newpelletstove Posted By newpelletstove, Mar 5, 2008 at 3:39 AM

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  1. newpelletstove

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    How often are the Harman XXV owners here cleaning their burnpots ? My dealer (installer) told me once a bag (that's 1-2 times a day for me). The owners manual says weekly. I think doing it once every 1-2 days is good - I can tell there is something to clean but it's not hard yet. What are others doing ?
     
  2. Southbridge06GT

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    I haven't had it a week yet but every day when i get home i give it 30 second aggressive scrape. real good cleanings will happen every weekend
     
  3. tinkabranc

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    Hi,

    I give the burnpot a quick scrape once a day in the morning before work.
    I clean out the rest of the stove once a week. Gotta keep the holes in the
    burnpot clinker free for the stove to run the best.

    Hope this helps
     
  4. Dougsey

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    I have an Accentra but the setup is very similar to the XXV.

    I scrape the burnpot every day or two. And what I mean is opening the door with a fire going and scraping for about 30 seconds like Southbridge said.

    I'll shut her down every 4-6 weeks and do a full cleaning/vacuuming.
     
  5. Tom D

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    i scrape my burn pot on my xxv every day and once a week vaccum the stove burns alot nicer after a good scrape.
    i also bought 17 inch craftsman pry bar and it fits perfect for angle of burn pot and works alot better than tool they give you with stove.
     
  6. newpelletstove

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    Thanks everybody for the advice. It sounds like a good daily scraping is called for.

    Misty that's interesting about the pry bar. I may try that. Would probably be easier to grip too (if it's round).
     
  7. Shane

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    Once a day???? That seems like alot to me. I have a vertical feed stove and can go upwards of two weeks without cleaning the pot and still get decent performance. Is once a day necessary to maintain acceptable performance or cleaning once daily just keeps it burning at peak performance?
     
  8. The Patriot

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    I'd say peak performance. My P68 can go a while (never really tested it) without scraping. I've probably gone a full week without scraping at some point and the stove still burns fine.

    Of course, it depends on pellet quality.
     
  9. tinkabranc

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    I scrape the pot once a day to keep it running at peak performance.
    It probably could wait longer, but I am in the habit of scraping each
    day anyhow.
     
  10. wwburning

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    I would agree about "peak" performance. Every day when I check to see if it needs more pellets, I hit my P61A with the scraper.
    Just a habit I guess. I don't go crazy, I save that for the weekend when I vac out the burn pot etc.
     
  11. Tom D

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    yes the pry bar is round on the end and it makes it alot easier scraping pot to remove
    carbon build up. you can buy a set of three different sizes or buy the 17 inch alone
    17 inch works great somebody on this forum recommended it.
     
  12. newpelletstove

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    As far as once a day, I guess I am finding that when I scrape once a day there is something to scrape but it's not hard to scrape at that point. And the scraping I do takes about 10 seconds, so it's no problem.

    I also find that the pot grows quite a collection of ash. I assume this is normal, but I push this into the ashpan at that time too.
     
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