jkabdoors wrote:We started our Pocono in October this year and with the warmer weather forcasted for this weekend would it be a good idea to shut it down for a good cleaning
...44* in mid maine, I let the fire die last night. Reconfigured the flue, I put the "T" on top with the baro at the horizontal junction for easy clean and making a box above the stove so the blower will blast into the cold air return.I"ll post pic's when done!
Good time to do a clean out. I don't know about stokers but hand feds do on occasion need a clean out. Not all maybe but my kitchen range for sure. When I ran it on wood, I cleaned it out every month or two. It has a special long handles tool that fits into a clean out slot under the oven. I would scrape creosote out.
Now that it's burning coal for a few years, I will take a look under the burners to the right of the firebox. If there is a good accumulation of fly ash, then you can be sure it has also made it's way around the rest of the circuit. Understand that the cookstove works like a base heater. You start it in direct draft and then it has a "oven" lever that you throw when it's going good. This pulls the exhaust over the top of the oven, down the far side, and under the oven to an exit below to the stove pipe.
Yesterday I saw a good bit of fly ash all the way across the top. I took the shop vac (with a drywall bag in it) and removed the 4 burner lids to the right of the two directly over the firebox. The stove was going, so I did it one by one and sucked up all that fly ash. Then pulled the plate under the oven and scraped under there. Low and behold it had a allot of ash!
I held the shop vac hose in front and continued to scrape forward. This was the first time I did this after about 3 1/2 months of burning this year and most of last! I now know that every couple months this needs doing.
The upside is that the stove is running outstanding! Takes about half the air it was using on the primary to get the same temps!
Now I need to check the back pipe and stove pipe of the MO 116. That's fairly easy as it has a clean out at the bottom of the back pipe. Just put the stove in direct draft and hoover it. Done. The stove pipe would have to be a shut down, but I doubt there is much in that besides the two 90° elbows.