LsFarm wrote:There is really nothing to do, but remove all ashes. Then if you are serious about rust prevention, remove the fan plate, and clean out the heat exchanger area.
I'd call AHS for advice on this.. I wonder if they recommend yearly removal and reinstall of the fan plate..
the AHS uses a ceramic gasket/heat shield if I remember correctly,, you want to be prepared to replace this if it is damaged when you remove the fan plate..
Other than a spare ceramic heat shield/gasket. Just regular wire brushes, a vacuum with a thin extension hose..
I'd also remove the flue and vacuum the ash funnel 'cyclone' tube,
What are you going to use as a rust preventative over the summer?? Some spray product ???
I am not familiar with the coalgun but I am familiar with the AHS wood gun. If it is a direct drive, plan on replacing the motor bearings about every three years (+/- depending on use). They will let you know when they are toast. (noise) The heat transmitted up the motor shaft is rough on the bearings. Be very careful with the heat sheild as it is fairly soft material. It is not cheap when you factor in shipping and handling. Belt drive model motors will last a lot longer. The heat sheild need not be replaced every time, but only when worn thin or damaged. Best keep one on hand if you don't have backup heat available.