Jotul F500 Flue Cleaning

db3058 Posted By db3058, Apr 16, 2018 at 2:41 PM

  1. db3058

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    I had my wood stove guys out last week to replace my 2017 Jotul F500 under warranty, less than a year old, with enamel flaking on one side panel. I'd brush cleaned the flue the day before they arrived and wondered where the ashes went. They showed me two 10mm nuts that hold the top oval plate in place at 12 and 6 o'clock. They are hard to reach above the secondary burners. They just need to be loosened, not removed, to allow the metal clips to twist and rotate 90 degrees. The clips fit within two raised nipples on the main casting. The oval top can then be lifted off to gain access to the back flue. Then a small flexible vac hose can suck out ashes from the back flue area. There's a white heat blanket that can be gently folded and removed after gaining access to the top of the stove and shaken clean. A vac can damage it.

    Hope this helps someone.
     
  2. firefighterjake

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    Some folks remove the nuts and clips for easier cleaning as the weight of the center oval is fine . . . that said . . . I leave the nuts and clips in place, but just finger tight/loose.
     
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  3. xman23

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    I've never pulled mine out. I thought the bolts would break off. Does it have a gasket?
     
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  4. webby3650

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    The older models said to remove the bolts holding the top plate, they were for shipping. More current models omitted that part from the owners manual. All the older Jotuls had top plates that just sat there with no problems, the oval on an Oslo would be no different. I left mine loose.
     
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  5. firefighterjake

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    Yes . . . although it's not cemented in . . . just held in place with gravity and the weight of the center oval.
     
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  6. Joedel

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    Where are these nuts located ? Down the flu or inside the firebox ?
     
  7. ratsrepus

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    I always left mine loose, I had a major blowback one night, and believe it or not it blew the oval plate cock eyed.
     
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  8. CincyBurner

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    Enter 'Oslo top question' into search engine for the site for a good discussion of accessing the bolts for the top plate.
    Don't mess with the bolts for the oval plate. You won't need to once top plate is free.
    Once the top is off you'll have good access to flue, insulation blanket and burn tubes.
     
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  9. Joedel

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    Wouldn’t removing the top plate require to cement it back down vs the gasket of the oval ?
     
  10. begreen

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    IIRC the top is also gasketed.
     
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  11. webby3650

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    That’s correct.
    I can’t see removing the entire top for cleaning though, removing the oval allows plenty of room for cleaning.
     
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  12. CincyBurner

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    That's true; however, on my stove the gasket for the oval plate wasn't cemented. It was only laid loose and held in place by being bolted down to the top, which makes setting gasket in place time more consuming.
    Not sure if this is the same on all Oslo stoves ?
    But with the oval gasket loose, this makes taking the top off the easier option.
     
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  13. webby3650

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    All Oslo’s come with the gasket loose. It could easily be cemented down to make life easier.
     
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