Bashista said that weekly cleaning is very important as is using quality pellets. “In the end, it’s more economical to spend the extra five bucks. Don’t shop on price alone,” he said.
There are three types of pellets: hardwood, softwood, and a blend of the two. Hardwood burns faster and hotter, and therefore more cleanly. Softwood burns slower and less hot, but leaves more ash behind. Various blends mix the two qualities.
Clean the stove weekly. Bashista said there are special cleaning agents for stoves, but they really aren’t necessary. Primarily, you are cleaning out the firebox and any glass. Bashista recommends an ash vacuum to get out as much ash as possible once the stove has cooled down. Otherwise, scoop out any ash, wipe down the inside, and use any glass cleaning product for stove windows. I have found that steel wool is especially good for getting the burned on grime off of the glass.
Preparing your pellet stove for the end of the season:
Again, make sure your stove is well-cleaned. Bashista said that 99 percent of all mechanical problems can be traced to the stove not being clean enough. You can also unscrew any panels or pipes the stove has and vacuum out the inside. Remove all pellets for the hopper.
If you do encounter problems with your pellet stove, Bashista said to not be afraid to call in a professional. While pellet stoves are not mechanically complicated, it helps to have someone working on your stove that can troubleshoot more easily and have quick access to replacement parts.
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