The pipes at the top of the stove remained very clean. However, attention needs to be paid to ash build up at the breach. Remember I advocated increasing the pipe diameter to compensate for this and I still think that is a good idea. So one grate use only and very early in the season very low settings only. This needs attention as we descend into the nasty stuff. Photos are the best I could do. I had a AK110 and the same issue as here. No big deal but to me this is the number one maintenance item. So today, is stove shut down day as we clean and bring up both grates for the first time.
Taken through the loading door
Taken as the end of the 8" clean out pipe.
So remember LL says I need 7" but the early sections of my flu are 8". So if I need 7" (the AK 220 needs 8") go for 8" and clean it out and keep it clean. See photos above - taking the end off the T is easy and I will do that every Sunday morning as winter takes a grip (I need regimentation). So with the AK220 I would run in 10" for a few sections. This is the stoves Achilles Heel as you would suspect as you look the design. I think LL offers some sort of clean out box, make sure your installer does something like this to catch the fly ash.
Other than that I am a super happy camper but I reserve judgement, the stove has not really worked for a iiving yet. I will add to this in February as down the rabbit hole we go.
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