Cleaning a Regency H2100 fireplace insert

Signet123

New Member
Sep 2, 2020
6
Northeast PA
I purchased this hearth heater last fall. I really enjoyed it throughout the winter. It's getting time to burn again and I need to clean the stove pipe from the roof down. I used to do this with the fireplace. I know it involves removing the shelf above the secondary burn tubes, as well as the tubes themselves. Does anyone know if there's a video of this online? I was going to get the guy that installed it to clean it the first time, so I could watch him do it. My plans changed because of the Covid. I don't want anyone in my house, at this time.
 

BigJ273

Feeling the Heat
Feb 15, 2015
275
Maryland
No need to remove the tubes. Baffles (shelf), yes. Look at getting a sooteater. If ur using a brush on a ss liner, make sure it’s poly
 

Signet123

New Member
Sep 2, 2020
6
Northeast PA
I did buy a poly brush when I bought the stove. The sooteater s the vacuum. Right? Can you recommend one online that's reasonable price? I was debating whether or not to use my shop vac, but now I think I will buy a sooteater. So I should just clear out the shelf and everything on it and the go up on the roof and run the Brush down the pipe four or five times and then vacuum up all the soot in the stove. Am I forgetting anything? Thanks for your help.
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
84,334
South Puget Sound, WA
The Sooteater is a rotary chimney brush system, not a vacuum. A shop vac is ok if you put in a drywall filter. That will filter out the ash. Just be sure there are no hot embers being sucked up.
 

Signet123

New Member
Sep 2, 2020
6
Northeast PA
Please forgive my ignorance. I looked up Sooteater after reading it in your post. I didn't even know such a thing existed. That's a good tip about the drywall filter. Also, if I don't have to remove the tubes, that will make things easier. I had cleaning the fireplace figured out, but this is a new set-up, so it makes me nervous. I tried to find a video of someone cleaning my type of stove, but I couldn't. It's great to be able to come in here and get advice. Thank you.
 

velvetfoot

Minister of Fire
Dec 5, 2005
10,009
Sand Lake, NY
On my Hampton insert, which is a Regency product, you tip up of the two baffles up on the side lip, and then take out the other one. The manual tells you how to do it. This is if yours is like mine.
 

Signet123

New Member
Sep 2, 2020
6
Northeast PA
I think my stove only has one baffle (shelf). I remember watching when they put it in. The baffle sits above the tubes and there's a piece of white fireproof insulation and these square weights that hold it down. Thanks for the reply.
 

Signet123

New Member
Sep 2, 2020
6
Northeast PA
I finally got my stove cleaned and put back together. I have an additional question about the baffle. I have a steel baffle (shelf) that sits on top of the secondary burn tubes. The bottom of the baffle has two round humps on it from left to right. My question is where do these humps sit in relation to the tubes. Do the humps lay in front, or behind or on top of the tubes. If they're in front, it leaves a gap between the back fire. Bricks and the baffle. If they're on top the back of the baffle lines up with the firebrick. If they're behind the back of baffle is overlapping the top of firebrick. The manual is not clear on this. If anyone could help me, it would be much appreciated. Thanks.
 

BigJ273

Feeling the Heat
Feb 15, 2015
275
Maryland
On top. I would think it should be flush with the fire brick. You certainly don’t want a gap. It’s purpose is to route the flames/smoke towards the front, where it gets re-burned by the air coming out of the tubes, and then out the top by way of the front area of the stove. A gap would Allow it to go straight up without being re-burned
 

Signet123

New Member
Sep 2, 2020
6
Northeast PA
Thanks for the reply. I finally got in touch with the dealer I bought it from. He said the same as you that that it routes the flame toward the front. He said the humps on the bottom of the baffle should be behind the tubes. This leaves the back of the baffle overlapping the back firebrick by an inch. Ironically, this is the way I had it, so everything is A okay. Hopefully, if some one has this same issue and does a search, they'll find this thread. I'm all set to burn. All I need now is cold weather.