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Provided by Climate Control Systems
Take care of your stove and it will take care of you.
The best tool to use for cleaning your stove is a Potato Brush that you can purchase at any supper market.
Routine removal of ash is required to keep the stove in good working condition. The amount of ash build up in the stove is directly proportional to ash content of the fuel being used. Typically, Premium Grade pellets range in ash content from .25% - 1%. A 1% ash pellet will require removal of the ash four times as often as the best .25% ash pellet. Higher ash pellet show more tendencies to clinker.
Areas within the stove that require attention routinely are:
1. UltraGrate™ - Although the UltraGrate™ is designed to reduce the build up of clinkers, cleaning of the grate may be necessary when burning higher ash content pellets.
2. HEAT EXCHANGER TUBES – A rod located above the combustion chamber door is used for cleaning the tubes. Pull the rod in and out a few times. If the stove is in operation or just shut down, this rod will beHOT.
A build up of ash on the tubes will lower the heat transfer efficiency of the stove.
3. ASH PAN – The ash pan, located behind the lower trim piece, will have to be emptied whenever necessary. If allowed to pile, ash will restrict in-take air flow to the UltraGrate™ and cause poor burn characteristics.
4. ASH TRAP BAFFLES – Access to the ash trap baffles
See photos photo of adavatage IIT baffle cleaning
(behind the two side firebricks) is obtained by removing the UltraGrate™ or (Burn pot on older stove) and then loosening the screws that hold the Brick Retention Plates in place and lifting the clips away from the stove. After the clips have been removed, remove the side bricks first, then the center brick from the stove.
Excessive ash build up in the baffle area will restrict exhaust passages and cause less combustion air to enter the firebox causing a “dirty burn”.
On OLDER Pre 2000 Advantage stoves the Baffle is closed in with only a rectangle hole at the top It will not be the open style like photo to right.
You will need to remove the Ash trap Baffle, Remove the two screws, One on top and one on bottom. pull out baffle and you will find more ash.
The following should be inspected annually and monitored during routine maintenance:
1. DOOR GASKET – Close the door on a 1” strip of paper, there should be slight friction when pulled. Repeat this procedure around various sections of the firebox door. Repair or replace any poor seal areas as necessary
2. AIR WASH GAP – Check the air wash gap located at the top of each section of glass. Carpet fibers and/or dust will block proper air flow and cause “streaks” of ash deposit on the inside of the glass. This area should be open approximately .075 -.090 inches.3. EXHAUST PIPE – Fly ash will collect in horizontal pipe sections reducing exhaust air flow. The cleanout tee is designed to allow removal without completely disassembling the vent pipe and should be used on all vertical vent systems. Because most caps for pellet stove do not have a screen we find Small birds and or bats in the flue often. Our record for one stove is 17 birds. So it is a good idea to clean the pipe, cap and check the combustion blower Just before every season start no mater how many tons you burn in one year. If you burn more than 2 tons a year clean the pipe or T clean out every 2 tons.
RULE OF THUMB: When going horizontal to vertical with vent pipe, a Cleanout Tee is highly recommended.
4. MOTOR HOUSINGS – The blower motors (Combustion and Room Air),
have breather ports on their motors. This allows cooling air to be drawn to the
motor. Dust collects easily at these points. Remove any build up found here.
(large 3mg file has hand written notes)
vacuum set up we use Standard Metal shop vac with Paper pleated filter and a Dacron Primary filter to stop the ash from Plugging up the paper filter.