You have the right idea, a complete cleaning is in order. Let the fire go out, pull the baffles out (top one sits on two brackets welded to firebox sides, bottom two sit on hooks), and then thoroughly brush down the inside of the boiler and all crevices in the heat exchanger. Vacuum out the pot and make sure the air holes are open, remove the flue pipe and vacuum out the ash chamber, the pipe...check the chimney, you get the idea. As you suggested, I would also pull the motor & fan out of the blower housing; inspect and clean as necessary.
Rick 386 wrote:I don't know if we are getting the proper airflow up through the pot. It seemed a little light to me. We had the air up to 6-8 to get the ladies dancing and there was a pretty large dark center. The only red burning coal was the outer 2-3" of the ring.
What was the feed rate at during this time?