Ash Removal and Disposal (Cleaning)

Following is an EXAMPLE from one of our manuals regarding basic cleaning & ash removal that comes along with a pellet stove.
Consult your particular owner's manual, and check out the YouTube Playlist for your stove, for particular instructions for your model.
**Always follow local codes. Refer to your stove and vent pipe owner's manuals, and contact the manufacturer with any questions.

Daily Maintenance

Press the "OFF" button and allow the stove to complete the shut-down cycle.
Open the main door of the stove and use an old paint brush or putty knife to move ash from around the burn pot into the open areas beside the cradle. Use a long-handled screwdriver or putty knife to remove any deposits left in the burn pot.
If equipped, pull the ash pan latches out and turn, then slide the ash pan out of the stove.  Dump the ashes into a metal container and store them on a non-combustible surface to allow any embers to cool before disposal.
Slide the ash pan back into the stove; turn the latches, making certain they catch the lip of the ash pan opening.
Remove the burn pot by lifting it straight up and out of the cradle. Use screwdriver or putty knife to remove any deposits inside of the burn pot. Make sure all air orifices are clear and unrestricted. Remove any ash from the bottom of the firebox and insert the burn pot back into cradle. The stove is now ready to resume normal operation.
Click Here to find Daily Maintenance on the YouTube Playlist for your stove.

              

Weekly (or Bi-Weekly, depending on the stove) Maintenance

Bi‐weekly maintenance should include the steps listed in this section **AS WELL AS** the steps listed in the “Daily Maintenance” section.
Remove the baffle by grasping the baffle in the center, lifting up on the rear of the baffle and sliding it towards the back of the stove. Then tilt the front downward, moving it down towards the cradle. Last, tilt one end up, the other down and remove from the opening of the stove.
When the baffle is out of the stove, the area where fly‐ash accumulates on the firebox shelf will be clear. The use of a utility or ash vacuum is highly recommended, because it will prevent fly‐ash from falling through the exhaust holes and into the exhaust chamber. After removing all the fly‐ash from behind the baffle, reinsert the baffle into the stove, using the reverse of the process detailed above.
Click Here to find Bi-Weekly Maintenance on the YouTube Playlist for your stove.

               

Monthly Maintenance

Monthly maintenance should include the steps listed in this section **AS WELL AS** the steps listed above.
The exhaust chamber of the stove was intentionally designed as an ash accumulation area.  Allowing ash to accumulate here prevents excess ash build-up in the combustion blower and the venting system.
The exhaust chamber is accessed via the two clean-out ports located on the back wall of the firebox, near the bottom. Clean the exhaust chamber **AFTER** cleaning the firebox shelf and heat exchanger tubes, because cleaning them will deposit ash into the exhaust chamber.
Use a 5/16” socket wrench to remove the two screws which hold each of the clean-out covers in place, and remove the cleanout covers from the firebox. Using a ash or utility-type vacuum cleaner, vacuum the fly ash out of the exhaust chamber. A short piece of hose can be attached to the end of the utility vacuum line, and can be useful in reaching the ash which accumulates between the clean-out ports.
Once all ash has been removed from the exhaust chamber, reinstall the cleanout port covers, using the screws previously removed.
Click Here to find Monthly Maintenance on the YouTube Playlist for your stove.

Yearly Maintenance

Yearly (or end of season) maintenance should include the steps listed in this section **AS WELL AS** the steps listed in the “Daily Maintenance,” “Bi‐weekly Maintenance,” and “Monthly Maintenance” sections.
The stove and the flue system should be given a complete cleaning at the end of the heating season.
Remove the burn pot assembly, clean it thoroughly, and re-install it.  This will require new burn pot cradle gasket (see the Parts page for your stove on our web site). Be sure to tighten the set screws when you replace them, but do not over-tighten.
In addition to the cleaning mentioned earlier, the **Exhaust Blower** should be removed annually, and the blower tube vacuumed of any ash build-up.  When cleaning or replacing the blower, a new combustion blower gasket should be added between the blower flange and the steel exhaust tube (see the Parts page for your stove on our web site).
Soot and Fly ash also need to be removed - The products of combustion will contain small particles of 'fly ash.' The fly ash will collect in the exhaust venting system and restrict the flow of flue gases.
In addition, incomplete combustion, such as occurs during startup, shutdown, or incorrect operation of the room heater, will lead to some soot formation, which will collect in the exhaust venting system. The exhaust venting system should be inspected at least once every year to determine if cleaning is necessary. Always follow your vent pipe manufacturer's instructions, and local codes.

Click Here to find Yearly Maintenance on the YouTube Playlist for your stove.

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Feb 23, 2022