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Pellet Stove Stinkin!

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by Bucktail, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. allFIREDup

    allFIREDup New Member

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    how about skipping the spring stove cleaning and cleaning it in the fall to keep a layer of ash in the stove to protect it against rust.

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  2. Millsk

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    Yeah i did that this year, mainly because I ment to get around to the spring cleaning and never did. Moisture gets in the ash, and will create acids. The shelves on either side of my stove, below the burn pot showed obvious signs of corrosion.

    This year it'll be a real good cleaning and stove brite.
  3. Eatonpcat

    Eatonpcat Minister of Fire

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    Worst arguement I've ever heard...I also use a cleaner, but come on...You're cleaning the entire stove and you're saying that dipping a sponge in some of the ash is gonna make the mess!;hm
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  4. SXIPro

    SXIPro Feeling the Heat

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    I've still never tried the ash/glass trick. I'm a Mr. Clean magic eraser fan, myself.
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  5. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    Who uses a sponge? The use of wood ash to clean off crud on stove windows predates pellet stoves.
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  6. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    And this is coming from a fella that pre-dates dinosuars! ;) :p

    Sorry Bear ya left the door open again! :eek:
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  7. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    I predate dirt sir.
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  8. Aquion

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    I use baby wipes dipped in ash to clean my window. The idea for baby wipes came fom this forum. The ash suggestion came from my stove's manual.
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  9. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    Oh nos, reading the manual, I must go take a sedative, someone actually read the manual.

    Thank you, from all of the people on here who keep harping on reading the manuals.
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  10. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    Whats a manual? ;em
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  11. Danny Cathcart

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    I think manual has something to do with manual labor.
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  12. DneprDave

    DneprDave Burning Hunk

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    Ash is free and ceramic stove cleaner isn't.

    Ash works just as well as stove cleaner, for me it's a no-brainer, I clean with ash!:cool:

    Dave
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  13. allFIREDup

    allFIREDup New Member

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    I clean the inside of my stove with the exhaust blower on....every 10-11 days...no mess outside the stove...no particulates of ash floating around in the air.....nothing falling on the hearth pad. I just tried ash on my ceramic stove with a wet paper towel to see how well it works. I'm finding that there are particulates of ash left on the stove when using ash. Some ash has to be falling onto the hearth pad and could potentially get into the air when cleaning stove door glass. I bought a container of ceramic cleaner 5 years ago when the electric kitchen stove was purchased and i'm still on the same container of cleaner. I know it's seems like a nifty frugal trick but a paper towel from the dollar store and a dab of cleaner works better. Ash particles stick to the cleaner and the paper towel is tossed away....no sponge to rinse in the sink. If someone wants to use ash to clean or pam to protect.....go for it.
  14. Eatonpcat

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    Almost impossible for me to believe, but if you say so then I will consider myself wrong!

    Do you use a brush of any kind to clean the walls??
  15. allFIREDup

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    I do clean the walls of the stove with a long handled bristle brush kinda like a paint brush I guess...but with the blower ON....ash doesn't come out the front of the stove. Is your stove completely off when you clean it...not familiar with your stove?
  16. Eatonpcat

    Eatonpcat Minister of Fire

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    Yes, completely off..You better be quiet for me, If my wife finds out that there are stoves that can be cleaned with no ash particles escaping, I am in deep Chit! Probably have to buy a new stove!
  17. DexterDay

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    Just cycle your stove on, then turn stat down (off/no call for heat) and the exhaust blower should run for awhile.

    I do the same thing AllFiredUp does. My exhaust blower runs while I clean. If its not on, its because the Leaf blower is hooked up and running.

    Oh and I use a damp paper towel. No ash needed. It works. But water is enough. :)
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  18. allFIREDup

    allFIREDup New Member

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    yup, not a good time of year to be dishing out money for a new stove with x-mas around the corner. I'll keep it quiet but i hate to see your wife having to dust everywhere in the house when she could be out shopping at the mall.
  19. SmokeyTheBear

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    Hells bells children, if you want to run the combustion blower and your stove has a timed shutdown sequence like some do then do as Dexter is telling you to do, however not all stoves have a timed shutdown sequence.

    A lot of folks have rigged up a switch that basically provides a means to run the combustion blower without faking out the controller. Yeah I know a modification, consider this a built in direct wired testing device recommended by the stove maker for diagnostic purposes.

    Others do such work with the leaf blower attached oh thats right, that might over spin the combustion blower (lucky, if the air flow can even get the blower to spin up to quarter the revolutions that its motor does) , or suck that diaphragm out of the vacuum switch (yup, even on a vacuum switch that can take 10.0" wc which is about 20 times what a combustion blower can produce and about 5 times what the leaf blower can produce), then we have some folks who have paid attention and know that a nice ash vacuum turned on and kept next to the brush can also suck the crud right into the canister.
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    I used to with my quad too eaton. But I don't with the Enviro. If you cycle the stat even breifly it will go to start up and fill the burnpot. Then it will light and stay on low fire for the 30 minute delay they have programmed in to them.

    I suppose if you opened the door the combustion fan would come on and it won't feed pellets, But I also think it would fire the air pump and the igniter. Haven't tried though.
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  21. Eatonpcat

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    You had me till you sent my wife to the mall!;)

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