titleist1 wrote:check the condition of the baffle over the firebox. the fly ash tends to accumulate there and if not cleaned before summer storage it would really corrode that plate.
Whats the proper way to clean that area?
Same strategy as Smitty...I have a 1-1/2" flex hose from an old small shop vac that has a 2" adapter to fit on my bigger shop vac. I would snake that smaller hose up in that area from the front and reach what I could, swishing it around in there. I would then go in from the exhaust port on the back getting the fly ash that accumulates on either side of the port and then snaking that hose on top of the baffle from the back side. Like Smitty said you're not going to get every last bit of it but you will get 95% of it if the hose is flexible enough and you can move it around once on top of the baffle.
I would usually do this about 1/2 way through the heating season also. It would help with the heat transfer to the tubes over that baffle that the distribution blower uses.
I use the drywall dust bags in my shop vac to catch the fly ash before it hits the canister filter. I go through about 2 bags per season.