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Stuck Duravent cleanout

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by ScottyDaug, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. ScottyDaug

    ScottyDaug Member

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    I am wondering if anyone has a trick for removing a stuck Duravent clean out plug? It will turn, but will not come out.

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  2. hossthehermit

    hossthehermit Minister of Fire

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    1. Needs to be turned enough, but not too much. Turn it too far, the tabs lock back in.
    2. Tap it with a small hammer, and a punch or screwdriver, if necessary.
    3. Be patient, keep working it a little bit back and forth.
  3. Mr. Spock

    Mr. Spock Minister of Fire

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    Lol. That happened to me. The grease they use to lubricant the seal dries up and acts like glue. I almost pulled out an oil filter wrench to get it off but working it by hand back and forth until it finally loosened up to be pulled strait down.

    Once you do get if off , clean the ash out under running water. Remove the glue...err grease with WD-40 and a rag. Don't use anything abrasive. Apply a light coating of Vaseline jelly to the sealing area before putting it back on.
  4. CT Pellet

    CT Pellet Minister of Fire

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    Not what you want to hear but....If you can turn it, it's not stuck. You do however have to allign the "lock and key" grooves so that it will come out. Keep twisting back and forth and it will come off. Let us know when you got it off.
  5. ScottyDaug

    ScottyDaug Member

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    Thanks for the tips. I'll give it another go tomorrow.
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  7. smalltown

    smalltown Minister of Fire

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    I find that using a couple of pieces of that rubberized shelf/draw liner worked wonders for my Duravent "T" cleanout cover. It allows you to grip the cover.
    My cover has no greases or lubricants on it. It's surprising just how little you turn it to unlock it, however I still need to very-very carefully work the cover down slowly.

    One last thought: I used a little swipe of the wife's old nail polish to mark a line on the pipe and "T" cover "seam" before I pulled the cover off so I could align the pieces when starting to reassemble.
  8. imacman

    imacman Guest

    Yep, good idea. I used a scratch awl and made 2 small arrows pointing at each other..
  9. nailed_nailer

    nailed_nailer Minister of Fire

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    On my old 3" vent the cleanout would jam itself tight.

    Oil filter wrench worked great to get it moving.
    Then just align the tits and wiggle it out.

    Once apart a bit of anti-seize keeps it moving when you want to.

    Good Luck,
    ---Nailer---

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