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Would you clean this wood pellet stove?

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by Don2222, Dec 24, 2011.

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Would you clean this wood pellet stove?

  1. Yes - too much ash and window is a little dirty!

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  2. No - Burn pot holes are clear and still can see the fire some!

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  1. Don2222

    Don2222 Minister of Fire

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    Hello

    Stove was burning for a few days.

    So please take the poll.

    "Would you clean this wood pellet stove?"

    Please cast your vote to these answers up top and make any comments
    Yes - too much ash and window is a little dirty!
    No - Burn pot holes are clear and still can see the fire some!

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  2. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    Once a week whether its needed or not! ;-)
  3. CygnusX1

    CygnusX1 Feeling the Heat

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    As with any machine, the cleaner it is, the more efficient it runs. Once a week gets my vote too.
  4. John97

    John97 Feeling the Heat

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    It's off and the door's open, so why not?
  5. Trefix

    Trefix New Member

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    Vac. 'n scrap. :mad:



    ;)
  6. imacman

    imacman Guest

    My question is.....how many days is a "few?
  7. helismash

    helismash Member

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    I currently clean once a week. I am new to this and don't know a lot but I figure a clean stove is a happy stove!
  8. smalltown

    smalltown Minister of Fire

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    I would clean it!
    On my Castile I check it each time I walk by, when the ash reaches a certain level I clean it regardless of how many days it been burning.
    Okies I go a week easy.
    MWP probably 3 to 4 days.

    P.S. Yours looks like the ash is ready to start falling back into the burn pot. If I saw that I would shut it down even on a cold night to clean it out.
  9. karl0525

    karl0525 New Member

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    ya that's pretty dirty to my standards 2 times a week here
  10. nhredbird

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    clean it & start it up quick its cold!!
  11. hooter04

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    If it's been 3 weeks or more I would,if not no I wouldn't worry,But thats for a MT Vernon stove.
  12. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    ISTR a certain pig's stove that was really full of ash, which is likely why the above question.
  13. Thewoodsman

    Thewoodsman New Member

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    Yea give her a cleaning that's my vote too.
  14. imacman

    imacman Guest

    This is true, although the stove I'm thinking of ISN'T my Englander......does this look familiar?

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  15. Don2222

    Don2222 Minister of Fire

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    Yes Pete, that looks like your old Astoria!! Mine is only 3-4 days without cleaning. How long was it in your picture??
  16. DexterDay

    DexterDay Guest

    3-4 days.... Thats a lot of Ash, for only a few days. My Quadrafires Ash Pan is Overflowing (literally). When I pull it out (prob next weekend) the ash will be scraped and leveled off as I pull it out.

    Doesnt your stove have an Ash Pan?? If so, how does it get in there? If its not open to the firebox?
  17. Don2222

    Don2222 Minister of Fire

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    It was designed after the old Whitfields and has ash dumps. That is the only thing I do not like. They say if the ash pan is not closed all the way then it still runs ok, but I found if the ash pan is open a tad, I get a lazy fire. So I am not as happy with that. I would prefer the Enviro style with the gasket on the ash pan!!
  18. save$

    save$ Minister of Fire

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    Clean it every 3 days. Like to take a paint brush to all the interior. The glass gets dirty in twp days. My ash pan is huge and I only empty it about every month. It has it's own seal so there is no big build up of ash inside the stove.
  19. Xena

    Xena Minister of Fire

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    Yes I'd clean it then put it for sale on CL.
    Don't like the design of any stove where
    the ash has nowhere to go and piles up like that.
    Mine is open on either side of the burn pot allowing the ash
    to fall down into the huge ash pan.
  20. imacman

    imacman Guest

    To be honest, I really don't remember, but I'm SURE it was more than 3 days. How many bags and what brand went through yours to get that much? It seems like a LOT for 3 days.
  21. checkthisout

    checkthisout Feeling the Heat

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    Usually by the time I get around to cleaning mine, the ash falls out when I open the door.

    All you gotta do there is open the ash dump and sweep the crap in and be done with it.

    I noticed the gap between the glass and airwash bracket fills up with ash on yours as well. Mine didn't start doing that until this year. Guess that's how long it takes before the airwash holes begin to plug.
  22. Don2222

    Don2222 Minister of Fire

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    Well I do like the 115 lb hopper Xena so it is a trade off.Plus the 4" exhaust is easier to keep clean!

    My ideal stove would have the Bay Window, Big Hopper and Big Ash Pan with open fire box down to it. Also the stove would have Auto On/Off and Auto Hi/Low.

    The Pelpro I have for sale has all of that except the big hopper. The hopper is just 65 lbs but better than a 40 pounder because it takes full bags easier!!
    The big hopper is an option so is the thermostat.

    Pelpro Bay View 42,000 BTU FS Wood Pellet stove for sale - $1400
    http://www.hearth.com/econtent/index.php/forums/viewthread/86348/
  23. Don2222

    Don2222 Minister of Fire

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    I burn Maine's choice but not sure the exact bags and days. I will keep track this time.
  24. aburress1223

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    yes clean it

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