Looks like within two weeks, I'll be shutting down my DS 1500 WH for the season, for the first time. I really like this stove, and like many have pointed out in other threads, I feel kinda sad about putting out the fire for the next 7 or 8 months.
That said, I will appreciate any advice from DS circulator owners about cleaning out, and moisture/rust/corrosion prevention over the summer.
I'm especially concerned about the points where the circulator tubes enter and exit the firebox, making sure they're adequately cleaned and I've done everything possible to prevent rust or corrosion there (and anywhere else as well).
Also, I have a few scratches in the paint on top of the stove near the coal filler door, probably from my carelessness with my coal bucket while filling. Do you guys have any suggestions for a touch-up paint, and is it better to brush or spray?