Best way to clean a Flueguard probe?

MoDoug

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Feb 3, 2018
72
NE Missouri
This has got to be one of the most basic questions. While looking at my dead stove and thinking about the eventual season end cleaning, I pulled the probe out with a little effort and realized it needs cleaning. My first impulse is to go for some sandpaper or steel wool, but I was wondering if there's more to it? It's the Condar probe.

Thanks!
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
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A little light steel wool should be ok.
 
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Highbeam

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Dec 28, 2006
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Mt. Rainier Foothills, WA
I use a key and scrape. The probe is a solid metal rod, no internal fanciness. It will eventually corrode away after a couple of decades.
 
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MoDoug

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Feb 3, 2018
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NE Missouri
I use a key and scrape. The probe is a solid metal rod, no internal fanciness. It will eventually corrode away after a couple of decades.
Sounds like the probe may outlast me! :)
 

MoDoug

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Feb 3, 2018
72
NE Missouri
Mine has gotten a bit skinnier. The part by the coil isn’t exposed to the corrosive gasses so stays full thickness. The key teeth kind of wrap around the probe and scrape the junk off.
For some odd reason it sounds like flossing.. I’ll have to try it out . Appreciate it!