Whitfield Profile series Insert Cleaning

Here is the stove prior to the start of the reconditioning. At this point I have all my tools and floor protection in place. I have slid a sheet of 26 gauge sheet steel between the stove and the hearth, the sheet steel overlaps the floor protection.

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I don’t know what was set on the hopper lid but as you can see on the above picture whatever it was it removed the paint. The picture below shows the interior of the fire box area. Look carefully at the convection tube rake, it is angled up on the right side and fails to extend to the bottom of the convection tubes. This is par for the course with this series of stoves because there are several more convection tubes hidden by the steel plates infront of and to the left and right side of the six visible tubes. Ash builds up behind the plates and the rake cannot clear it out.

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In this image the burnpot, burnpot drawer, and two ash pans have been removed as has the door. The two ashtrap plates have been removed and have been set infront of the stove. Notice the black soot, it is evidence of inefficient combustion.

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Here is the exhaust fan housing and vacuum pressure switch. The exhaust fan has been removed for cleaning. Whoever installed this stove used a 90 degree elbow instead of a clean-out tee to hook up to the exhaust fan. I prefer a tee as it has an ashtrap at its base.

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Here’s a closer look at the Vacuum Pressure Switch.

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Notice the rake travels fully to the base of the convection tubes. The interior of the firebox was painted as was the stove exterior.

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Here are a few more shots of the final results.

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