This is the type of cleaning I really like. The customer has had three different companies clean this stove in the past four seasons. None of them were there for more than an hour. By the time I finally was called there were things that had been neglected for years- many years. The previous cleaner failed to even brush out the flue and simply tapped the pipe. Anyway, I was there all day to get it reconditioned and operating like it should.
Here are a few “before” images
The image above shows the inside of the door with the air wash plate still installed.
With the air wash plate off you can see the top of the neoceram (glass) where creosote has built up. This plate has not been removed and cleaned for years.
The time it took to get the door, neoceram, and airwash to look like this was equal to the time the previous company spent in total. The next images are of the inside of the firebox and the removal of the two cast iron back plates.
The horizontal “rakes” are stuck and have been for a long time. The customer was told they were broken.
Above is a shot of the burnpot and the lower brass trim thats been removed for polishing.
Here’s a before and after
Once the rakes are free the hidden areas, the areas behind the rake blades, are ready for cleaning.
Take a look at this convection fan! Its mounted under the firebox and behind the lower brass trim. Heres a better look at the fans position.
Do you think the cobwebs have been there for awhile? This the left side of the stove. The exhaust fan is mounted in the cast aluminum housing. It has a stainless steel impeller and is capacitor driven. What is unique with this set-up is that the exhaust fan speed is determined by an air sensor in the air inlet tube. When you dial up the stove more pellets are delivered to the burnpot and the room air fan spins faster. The air sensor reads the change in the firebox created by the increase in pellets and provides more air by “telling” the exhaust fan to speed up. This is one of the things most often overlooked- the air sensor needs to be removed and cleaned at least once a year.
The convection fan is going back into the stove.
These next images are of the exhaust fan.
Each stove has a “weak link”, an area where ash builds up quicker than anywhere else. In this stove the weak link is behind the convection tubes we cleaned earlier. Behind the tubes there are these little square cut-outs that communicate to a large chamber that has an inspection plate on one side and the exhaust fan housing on the other. The next set of pictures show that area and the cut-outs and were shot through the inspection plate.
I am going to fast forward a bit and ask that you trust me when I say that I brushed out all the pipe, horizontal and vertical, removed and cleaned the air sensor, painted the interior of the stove and polished all the brass.
This cleaning was a bit out of the ordinary in that the stove had been neglected for so many years. When the customer set up the appointment she assured us that it had been maintained every year. I had scheduled about three hours for the cleaning/reconditioning but the job took a good eight hours of hard work. Lots of tedious scraping to remove the baked on creosote. Next year when I return it should only take two or three hours to bring it up to how it looked when I first completed it.