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Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by Stevekng, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. Stevekng

    Stevekng Feeling the Heat

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    I haven't seen a thread about the time it takes to do the routine cleaning of anyone's stove. It takes me about 45 minutes to clean my two stoves, a quad castille ans an Enviro VF-100(Vista Flame rebadged Meridian). That includes burn pot, ash bins, scrubbing the heat exchanger tubes with a wire brush,vacuuming the inside if the combustion chamber, and blowing off the wires and control boards with a can of compressed air. I do this twice a week wit both stoves, on the same days.

    Let's hear from you other folks about your stoves.

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  2. imacman

    imacman Guest

    Glad you're keeping your stoves so clean, but twice a week? WOW. That is WAAAAAAY more than I would ever do, or need to. But then again, I have a multi-fueler......it can stand almost any burning situation.

    Once a week is more than I usually do......usually once every 2 weeks is the norm....1 hour.
  3. SXIPro

    SXIPro Feeling the Heat

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    Once a ton for me. Mine's an insert so once I season I also yank it out of the wall to clean the fines box, all the motors/blowers and all that jazz.

    The once a ton deal probably takes me 45-60 minutes. Theonce a season ' yank it out of the wall' deal probably 60-90 minutes depending on how strong I am feeling that day.
  4. moey

    moey Minister of Fire

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    Once every two weeks roughly empty ash bin vacuum up around burn pot open cleanout vacuum out, clean baffles. About 30 minutes. Sometimes I leaf blow it but most the time not. Usually once a day or two days I pull my cleanout lever to dump out the burnpot.
  5. bonesy

    bonesy Feeling the Heat

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    I "clean" mine when the ash is about to flow out of the door when I open it. And by "clean" I mean I vaccum out the burn chamber and burn pot. The burn pot on my BigE does not fill up at all when burning properly. It may need a scrape once a week but it would take much longer to block any of the holes.
  6. Paul Raz

    Paul Raz Feeling the Heat

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    I really just started this year, but I clean my insert religiously every Saturday for about 1/2 to 1 hour, depending on the type of cleaning that I do. If I take the (I guess they are called heat shields) off to get to the heat exchanger tubes and vaccuum everything it is about 1 hr.
  7. P38X2

    P38X2 Minister of Fire

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    From a workably cool stove, about 25 minutes to re-ignition. Gets done every 3 weeks, sometimes less.
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  8. kinsmanstoves

    kinsmanstoves Minister of Fire

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    What is this "cleaning" that you speak of?

    Eric
  9. mepellet

    mepellet Minister of Fire

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    Stove takes 30-60 minutes to shut down. But after the conbustion fan turns off, it takes about 20 minutes to do my "weekly" cleaning that gets done at least every 2 weeks. This consists of brushing down the inside of the stove, scraping the burnpot, cleaning out the ignitor area, doing a quick brushing of the combustion fan, cleaning the glass, and vacuuming out the fines box at every other cleaning. Doing my "ton" cleaning takes an additional 30 minutes. This includes taking the combustion impeller off the motor shaft and brushing it good, cleaning the combustion blower housing, taking the firebricks out and cleaning behind them, emptying the ashpan, and cleaning the venting by using linteater and shop vac.
  10. 343amc

    343amc Feeling the Heat

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    Once every couple weeks for me. It takes me about 30 minutes depending on how fancy I get with it. Usually a quick dump of the ash pan, vacuum and burn pot scrape.
  11. PoolGuyinCT

    PoolGuyinCT Feeling the Heat

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    My daily routine is 10 minutes tops.

    Scrape burnpot, pull baffle plate and fire bricks quick vac..


    I am a swimming pool contractor in New England, not to much else to do.


    Ray
  12. john193

    john193 Minister of Fire

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    I take great pleasure in cleaning my stove. I'm the same about my car so maybe I'm just one of those people. I have a mt Vernon ae which I clean weekly, takes about 30 to 45 min. I scrape and brush the heat exchanger, scrape the pot vacuum all over and clean the glass. Every other week I pull off the heat exchanger and clean the baffle behind it.
  13. briansol

    briansol Minister of Fire

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    Saturday, I have the thermostat warm up the house earlier than usual (4am) and then drop the house to 62 at 6am. The house generally stays in the mid 60s for th emorning hours which is comfortable to me. By the time my lazy a$$ gets out of bed and wants to get some stuff done, the stove is cool and ready to be vaccumed --- unless it's SUPER cold out that day. In which case, i just let it run and crank it back up a few degrees and skip the weekly for another day.
    I do the burn pot, ash pan, heat exchanged tubes with the ash vac's 'brush' and the glass.

    Occasionally, if i'm burning a dirty pellet, or its warmer and there's been a lot of start/stops, i will open up the door and clear a clinker out of the burn pot with a big metal spoon. I try to get this when the stove is in standby mode waiting for its next call for heat. I keep my swing temp on 1.5 degrees, but i still cycle a lot. I tried higher settings, but it just got too hot in the house. The thermostat control is still not perfect. With time :)

    About once a month on that saturday, I do the above plus open up the exhaust trap door and clean that pipe out as best i can with some minor shaking and banging on it to loosen up the free stuff just hanging out. I also do the flue passages and get the plastic straw type attachment out and give it the ol' TSA finest cavity search.

    Once a year, usually in late april/may or so after i'm sure i'm done burning for the year. I do a full scrape on the pipe with a lint eater type tool, and do all the blowers.
  14. heat seeker

    heat seeker Minister of Fire

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    Every three or four days, I shut it down and brush the exchanger, burn chamber and walls into the ash pan. I give the burn pot & bottom slider a quick scrape and visual for clogged holes. Clean the glass. Check the ash traps, which never have more than a token amount of ash. Whole cleaning takes 15 minutes.

    I brush the vent and do the LBT every ton, more often if I'm burning really ashy pellets or the weather is fine. That takes all of 20 minutes, including getting and stowing the blower and cord.

    I empty the ash pan, which is kind of small, once a week or so.

    This stove is a breeze to keep clean. Unless it's idling due to t'stat operation, it runs on at least heat level 3, usually 4, so no soot or 'sote buildup anywhere.
  15. nksdad2007

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    Two to three times a week depending on the pellets and the weather. Usually takes me 20 minutes(45 if my son helps). Then every 6-8 weeks I clean and brush the vent which adds about another 15-20 minutes.
  16. ChandlerR

    ChandlerR Minister of Fire

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    Every couple of days depending on how hard it's run, I'll pull the burn pot and clean it. A quick glass cleaning and I'm back in operation. Takes less than 10 minutes. I have a good pair of welding gloves so I pull the pot while it's still hot. The ashes go in my outdoor fire pit.

    Every three or four weeks, I'll do the prior procedure and pull the exhaust blower, clean it and vacuum out the T and what piping I can get to. I'll clean the heat exchanger tubes, vac out the internal air passages, clean the room blower of fur and throw it back together. Takes between a half hour and 40 minutes.
  17. robert65

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    Every 3 days or so for 15-20 minutes, and a complete cleaning from top to bottom every 2 Tons
  18. kmapsrule

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    No ash pan so once a day - shutdown long enough for embers to stop glowing, empty burn pot, brush tubes, restart... approx 10 mins
    Once Every 7-9 days - Full shutdown, brush out insides, vacuum interior - Approximately 20 minutes once cool enough all blowers stop
    Once Every Ton - Full Shutdown, brush out insides, vacuum interior, clean pipe and exhaust blower chamber, pull room blower and remove the extra cat and dog, oil all motors - approx 1.5 hours
  19. m159267

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    Having geothermal I use the pellet stove to supplement when temps get colder: 20 degrees F or colder at night or highs of low 30's or colder during the day. Bottom line is I always clean a cold stove before I start it or if I run it continuously for 3 days I shut it down and clean it. Cleaning usually takes about 15-20 minutes. Final spring cleaning usually takes about an hour.
  20. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    Weekly cleaning around 1 brewski, Monthly is an easy 2. Spring full cleaning deal? Well 3 should do it!

    Seriously, I spend all week with time limits and deadlines. So I try not to put time limits on my stove chores. I just take my time and do more than needed.
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  21. Boondoggie

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    Once a week, about 15 minutes. I shut it down before I leave for work on Friday and then clean a cold stove when I get home and fire it up for the weekend.
  22. peirhead

    peirhead Feeling the Heat

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    Once cooled, 15 minutes to brush down the inside, gun brush the burn pot holes, remove and clean interior plates (3) and vacuum while blowing compressed air around the inside and exchanger tubes. I used to do this 2x per week, and several times measured temps before and after cleaning...big difference!!! I've gotten lazy though and gone to once a week, but have to empty the small ash tray at least 2x per week

    *** TIP*** for QUAD OWNERS I have found scraping the burn pot floor (door) while the stove is just beginning a shutdown cycle (hot) and then dump the burn pot.... keeps the carbon buildup on the door way down. I thnk is the cooling cycle that causes the carbon buildup
  23. Gary Gileau

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    I never timed it but it must be half, three quarters of an hour. That would be once a week. Empty the ash pan, vacume the firebox, remove the masonry board and vacume the chambers behind it, run a wire through the exhaust tubes then pull the vent cap put the vacume hose down the pipe then I go back while the vacume is still in the pipe an blow out the exhaust tubes. That keeps the dust going the right way. Every so often I connect the leaf blower. Last week I went a little further, I removed one side panel and the back cleaned inside and then removed the exhaust fan. I suspected there was a leak around the gasket, you could see black around flange on the white gasket material. I sealed up the gasket which means the gasket is toast next time. better to be safe, as they say.

    I'm sure that I could go two weeks between routine cleaning but I do see a few degrees more on the stove thermometer when I restart it.
  24. Northwoodneil

    Northwoodneil Feeling the Heat

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    I clean every Saturday although I wouldn't need to. On Sat. 1 I brush the inside of the stove, chip any carbon build up, brush the combustion fan, and vac it all up. On Sat. 2 I do all of the above plus run a brush down the venting and clean the ESP and glass, and empty the ashes. 30 min on the first Saturday almost an hour on the second.
  25. Northwoodneil

    Northwoodneil Feeling the Heat

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    Might I add the time it takes is just about enough to make the missus wonder why the stoves not runningo_O

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