Special gloves and other needs

tmsjava Posted By tmsjava, Jun 25, 2018 at 12:41 PM

  1. tmsjava

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    I assume you can open the hopper to pour more pellets in while the stove is running (we've only run it a couple of times since we got it). In that case, we'll need "heat resistant" gloves, right? Any special kind to touch the hopper while it's hot? (I can't use a regular kitchen oven mitt, right?)

    We also got brushes and long rods that connect to clean out the pipes. Some glass cleaner and the stove came with a scraper. Will order an ash vac soon.

    Do I need anything else for cleaning/maintaining?

    Thanks,
    T.
     
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  2. jackman

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    Filling the hopper won't require gloves. Cleaning the burn pot will. I wear a pair of Ove Gloves for that job. I just use an ordinary shop vac when I need to do a deep clean after the stove has gone stone cold.
     
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    Really?? Doesn't the hopper get hot? It's all metal. And did you mean regular "oven" gloves for the other? Ohhh, I see there's actually something called an "Ove Glove"! haha
     
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    I don't have the exact same stove as you so I can't say for sure. I would expect it gets warm but not hot.

    Yep, the Ove Glove, that's what I use.
     
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    A hopper lid does not get hot
     
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    It does get up to room temp most of the time no gloves needed
    and yes you can fill the stove with it running . I only use a reg
    shop vac with a dry wall dust bag and only when the stove has
    been turned off and dead cold
     
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    what he said...:cool::cool:
     
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    As time goes on, you will assemble a kit of tools needed to clean your stove, and a routine to do it. Lots of people use a regular shop type vacuum with various drywall filters. I bought a love-less ash vac when I bought my first stove over 20 years ago. Different strokes for different folks I say. I also use a cheap pry bar to scrape the burn pot. Mine has a long handle so I can scrape without gloves. A two inch paint brush is also a great thing to have to brush the firebox.
     
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    good tips..
    here's my mighty scraper i use when the flames are kickin.xtra long for that purpose.
     

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    There's also some pellets still in the hopper (not a ton). I should probably scoop them out and put them into a closed container for the summer, right? I read somewhere some people put a can of damprid in the stove over the summer....??
     
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    think i posted somewhere about damprid..lot of stove owners use it..i get about 1/2" of water in the container by the time burning season starts.
    also good idea to put remaining pellets in a closed container or bag...
    now, some here will chime in that it's all overkill and they just shut the stove off, leave the ash/pellets in it, and take care of cleaning next season and that works fine for them.
    something about the ash absorbing moisture etc... but i have also read opposite reactions also to doing it that way whereas some stoves got rust....so who do u listen to?
    just do what makes you feel comfortable about maintaining your stove..Personally .i never wanted to wait till i got rust and wished I should have done some prevention.
     
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    If the lid to the hopper of a P43 gets too hot to touch safely, you have a bigger problem. I have an old set of welding gloves that I use for messing around the inside of the stove if it is still hot.

    I leave pellets in the hopper and haven't had any issues even with the humidity we get here in NH. YMMV.
     
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    I was always ocd about the stove being cleaned at the end of the season. Usually jumped right on it. Now not so much. I cap the vent pipe with a rubber fernco cap which you can get at Home Depot. Disconnect the air supply and put a damp rid in the firebox just because. This buys me some time.
     
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