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Thorough cleaning makes ALL the Difference!

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by Phoenix Hatchling, Dec 21, 2013.

  1. Phoenix Hatchling

    Phoenix Hatchling Feeling the Heat

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    Warm temps today let me take the pellet stove apart and give it a good clean out. I usually do it every two to three weeks or every half ton or so. This time, I broke out my new Sooteater, and went to town on the flue and vent pipes. Man oh man the amount of crap that came out of there. Allegedly, when the company which installed and had sold me the stove came out to give it it's annual cleaning, they were supposed to have cleaned the flue out. In light of the fact that I put through less than a ton of pellets since then, it is safe to say that they hadn't touched the pipe at all! It was very gratifying seeing all that stuff come out, and knowing that my system breathes as freely as it can once again.

    Upon firing it up, the efficiency with which it burned was remarkable! Just as the day I bought it! Heat which was near unbearable to stay too close to came out of the blower. Ash seemed reduced. Everything is right with the world again....Clean your stoves and flue!!!

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  2. Lake Girl

    Lake Girl Minister of Fire

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    Are you ever inviting the "installer" back for a cleaning again? Sometimes it's best to do things yourself;)
  3. Phoenix Hatchling

    Phoenix Hatchling Feeling the Heat

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    NEVER! He only did it once since I bought it, but I was young and nieve, and thought I would use them annually. Now, through the wonders of Hearth.com I am more knowledged and confident to go it myself.
    PoolGuyinCT, EastMtn and Lake Girl like this.

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