Franco Belge Cleaning- What do you use??

Franco Belge Cleaning- What do you use??

PostBy: winstonsmith On: Wed Jan 02, 2008 11:19 pm

I have a Franco Belge and I have learned how to clean it by just winging it. on a warinsh day I take out the shop vac and suck out the side vents, and clean out the back. I need to clean where the shop vac will not get. I used hangers and other things but is there a brush of some kind that i can push from front to back?

And how do I clean the air vent that hooked up to the control knob ? how do i get to it ?

Stove/Furnace Make: Franco Belge
Stove/Furnace Model: 1980's

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Re: Franco Belge Cleaning- What do you use??

PostBy: JerseyCoal On: Thu Jan 03, 2008 2:37 pm

Hi WS and welcome to the forum.

If you have the luxury of moving the stove out of doors, as I have done in the past, a high-powered leaf blower shoved in the rear outlet does a wonferful job of getting rid of the flyash build-up. Remove the ash pan and blow out the air intake duct as well.

During the season, I use duct tape to attach a length of garden hose to my shop vac and snake it into the left and right exhaust ports. It gets a lot of the ash that builds up in the back corner. If I disconnect the stove pipe from the rear outlet, I approch it from that side too and get some more ash out. I have also used a wire coat hanger to scrape out the ash.

The last time I purchased a used stove to recondition, the fellow included a wooden handled brush on a long flexible wire cable. It appeared to be a great tool for cleaning out the ports but has since disappeared into the black hole that is my garage and I will probably never see it again.

John C.
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Franco Belge model 10.1475