2001Sierra wrote:I turned the Keystoker 90 down to an idle today. Removed the baro vacuumed the pipe from the stove top and inside the masonry thimble. Got brave and stuck the hose up the 2 exhaust pipes running from the bottom of the stove to the stack. No melted vacuum hoses, all is well. Cleaned the hose out with garden hose and stored it away, the shop vac sits outside under plastic bag for a couple of days to make sure it does not burst into flames and then out to the shed it goes.
This post series reminded me to do my interim 3-4 minute quickie clean just like above except I snake a (bent at end) ~32" vent brush from the removed boro down toward the fire chamber. This removed any heavy ash from the elbow. Do a quickie vac same areas as Sierra did, minimize CO in the room.
Then put stove on low heat, medical mask (Stove Doctor, eh?) and gloves on, remove ash pan and open both doors, snake and rotate same vent brush up both back wall tubes. This takes 30-40 seconds, close everything back up.
Can see how a bottom vent accumulates more ash, need to clean more often, also good comment that cleaning should be by lbs, not time.
Good posts here for an extended burn season like we are currently having.