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Posted By djs_net,
Nov 29, 2012 at 4:43 PM
DD is thinking about coming over to the "Other Side". He might have seen the light.
This is also waht I do, although I scrape once or twice a day. Burning MWP blend, which seem to be ashy and will create a carbon buildup in the burn pot.
Bah, no draft trim, no damper, no fuel gate, no positionable auger cover, no damn pots to develop dead spots (you Harman peeps got those in multiples). Just a bucket of mongrel parts from all over the planet here.
Oh and pot scraping is part of regular weekly cleaning (I've made it through 26 bags with the door closed it looked disgusting so I shut it down and cleaned it).
I scrape mine every 3 or 4 days, but it's usually a waste of time, little to nothing to scrape off. If the stove runs on low t'stat mode often, I'll get a little carbon to scrape off. The manual mentions scraping the pot with a fire going, but I cool the stove mainly to clean the glass and make sure the ash traps are still clean. This Croix is really easy to maintain - my kind of stove!
I scrape mine every day, it takes 30 seconds, and keeps my burn pot holes clear.
No need to scrape a Lopi Pioneer. If there is excess ash from running at low settings just pop open the door and stir the pot with a screwdriver to knock the crap down. Needs to be shutdown and vac'd out every 3-4 days as the ash collection area is not that large. Easy to do though, takes maybe 15 minutes including cleaning the glass.
I think it has more to do with burning on low for long periods. Had similar buildup on my flameguide with GT last year. The buildup don't bother me though. When the stove goes up on high for a little they get burned off.
I do the same exact thing here. I top off the hopper before leaving for work and before going to bed. What's another 10 seconds? It makes the airflow through the burnpot a little better and I think makes the weekly cleaning of the burnpot a little easier.
Very true. The controls on the Harman are real easy. Just set it and forget it.
Oh. I guess we didn't have the same type of buildup then. Mine burns off when there is a call for heat.
Finally! Something my stove is good at! I never scrape... it gets a cleaning every other saturday when i do the ash pan/glass. and thats' pretty much just a vac-out. I did use a screw drive to clear 2 air passages on the pot this fall. But that was after a whole season of burning...
I empty the middle ash pan every day, put the front back on, run the tube scraper a few times, fill pellets, then by that time the stove isn't in lockout and I open the front and scrape front/rear and bottom then give versagrate a few good taps with the scraper it seems to knock all the ash away. Close the door quick and it's back running again. It's only gone into shut down once when I was too slow.
If nothing else, this thread helped me get over the fear of opening the door of a running stove. I used it last winter and never opened it up hot. It burns much better if I stir the pot once a day.
Stirring the pot is always fun! Lots of pot stirring around these parts
The M55 cools down about an hr after shutdown. I vacuum, clean pot and glass once a week.
Be very careful it is easy to get an ember if you are careless. If your house burns down we're all certified insane pelletheads here.
Hey if we don't stirr, The fire just gets real lazy around here!
Just the fire?
Great thread ! Miss alot being away from here for a few days.
BTW, Harmone gots yuse guys all cuvrd....evn us woodlin fokes can uss em. Scapin the pot makes evrythng look purdy... and a little weerd too