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One Ton Cleaning

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

  1. Brokenwing

    Brokenwing Feeling the Heat

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    Well The first Ton has been gobbled up by the monster. I took today and did a huge clean out on the stove. Per the reviews here I purchased a Linteater from Lowes. Worked really good, wish it was about a 1/4 inch wider, a little loose in 4 inch pipe. No leaf blower here, so I used a air compressor and stuck it in the clean out, and blew a bunch of stuff out, I also used the air compressor to clean up and around the heat exchanger tubes. She looks brand new, and ready for the show room. Couple of things I will do different during the spring cleaning. I will remove the wheel from the combustion blower, so I can clean it more, I got 90 percent of it, and also alot of dusty bunnies on the inside of the stove. Hard to get in there and clean, with all the boards, motors, airpumps, and so on and so forth. So I need to look into getting in there better. Overall I am really happy. The only other thing I have to look into is if the agitator chain needs greased around the sprocket!

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  2. Brokenwing

    Brokenwing Feeling the Heat

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    Last but not least, I ran out of room above!

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  3. CT Pellet

    CT Pellet Minister of Fire

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    Brokenwing......Nice stove. I have always said..."Take care of your stove, and it will take care of you." Unfortunately, like the shoemaker's kids, my stove is not kept as well as I preach to others to do. Maybe you went a little bit overboard on the depth of cleaning that was needed after a ton, but hey, these stoves are not just appliances, they're hobbies! Great stove...thanks for sharing.
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    iceguy4 Minister of Fire

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    I never thought of it that way but its kinda true. I find myself here too...maybe its a habit..or worse...a sickness_g edit...and I drink more beer too;em
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    gbreda Minister of Fire

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    Great job! Keep it happy and it will keep you warm :cool:
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    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    Well done! :cool:
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  7. Brokenwing

    Brokenwing Feeling the Heat

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    Ya I probably went beyond what is needed, but I see so many threads on here day in and day out about folks having problem with there stoves, and the reason is they do not take care of them. I am pretty happy, I am not burning top of the line stuff, but I have burned powerhouse pellets, Lignetics, and Premium Hardwood pellets, and after a ton I had a about a 5 gallon bucket of ash, so I am pretty happy with the stoves performance. So thanks for all the comments, I really appreciate them.
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    Augmister Minister of Fire

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    I will second the Linteater as a must tool. I do that after every ton and it sure makes a difference in how my stove breathes! The last thing you want to experience is your stove going DOWN on a cold snowy day.
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    Good work.
  10. Napoleon45

    Napoleon45 New Member

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    I read alot about a leaf blower whats it for blowing out exhaust pipe? Wouldn't the blower end on shop wac work just as well??
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    I am not sure about the strength of the blower end on the shop vac. What the guys do with the leaf blower is they do a good cleaning of the vent and passages, and then put the leaf blower in the pellet stove vent outside, and turn on the suction. this pulls alot of fly ash out of the vent, passages, and other nooks and crannys that are hard to get to. This is only done after a manual cleaning of the stove, It is not meant to replace the human portion of the cleaning.
  12. smoke show

    smoke show Guest

    Did someone say beer?
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  13. DexterDay

    DexterDay Guest

    Yep......

    ^^ This guy ^^ :)

    Brokenwing, looks great. Good job on the cleaning


    The LBT has MUCH MORE suction that your run of the Mill Shop vac. It's no replacement for regular cleaning, but when done afterwards, it puts the final touch on the stove and vent, to ensure you got it all. :)

    Here is a short vid of a member here doing the Leaf blower trick
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  14. john193

    john193 Minister of Fire

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    Has anyone tried the leaf blower trick with a gas powered blower? I noticed all the videos I watched, everyone was using an electric blower. Which makes attaching the blower a little easier.
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    will711 Minister of Fire

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    Some electric blowers can also vacuum that's what you want suck the ash out of the stove and blow it outside. The wording, leaf blower trick, is a bit misleading so suck, not blow all clean go have a Beer;)
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