I run mine out of pellets, write the check for an annual cleaning, and place a container of damp rid inside the stove to suck up any moisture. I let my local dealer do the annual cleaning and basically give the stove a complete “check up” while here. I prefer him to remove everything and clean, I want to support him as he is always there to support me and answer all of my questions. It’s worth the couple of hundred dollars!First year shutting down my Harman P43. Should I run it until the hopper is empty on pellets and it will go out? Does it make for easier cleaning?
Me TooI leave mine nice and dirty at the end of the year. Ash pan and hopper full. I haven't done an end of year cleaning for the last 3 years and I get no rust. My theory is the ash covering the inside of the box keep the moisture away or it acts as some kind of anti-oxidant inhibiting rust. And the big pile of ash in the ash pan probably absorbs a good deal of dampness in the stove. But these are just guesses as to why it doesn't rust.
I do unplug it though.
good.. guess it all depends where u live..I clean everything including emptying and vacuuming the hopper.
I pull the stove out a bit and detach it from the vent and OAK.
Baggies and rubber bands over the vent and OAK inlets (and same over the pipes).
1 large desiccant box and wadded newspaper in the hopper and the same in the ash pan.
The first year I had the stove I let it set over the humid summer without cleaning it and got quite a bit of rust.
No rust since.