Rich W. wrote:Are you shaking with the damper open (direct flow)? I clean mine once midwinter, and it barely needs it. If your damper is closed (indirect) when you shake, you will send ash into the sides of the stove. I also learned on this forum that you can tell when it's filling with ash by using your infrared thermometer to measure the side temps over time. As the sides fill they will be cooler.
This made a big difference in the cleaning process and also keeping the dust down. Stove has been running like a champ for about a month. I think we have only put the heat on a couple times just for 20-30 minutes. The house is staying at 69-72 in the upstairs and 72 in the downstairs. Still locating drafts in this old house and taking care of them. Looks like I am burning about 60 lbs a day.