Each year, millions of people enjoy the warmth, comfort and utility of modern fireplaces. Today, many gas fireplaces, stoves and inserts have glass fronts to enhance the beauty of the fire. While gas fireplaces, stoves and inserts are a great asset to any home, glass fronts can become extremely hot during and even long after operation. Therefore, it’s important to remember, touching the hot glass front can lead to serious, irreversible burns. Below is information that will allow you to continue to enjoy the many benefits of your gas fireplace, stove or insert while providing an added level of safety against burns.
Sound familiar? My stove burned great after the chimney was swept but gradually it got “sluggish”. The wood didn’t start as quickly, it wouldn’t burn as hot as it used to and smoke started coming out the door when you first started a fire or opened it to load more wood. These are all classic signs of a plugged chimney cap. It doesn’t have to be completely blocked to cause these symptoms, just restricted enough by a build up of creosote, a by-product of the un-burned gases and moisture driven out of the wood during the burning process. We’ve received a string of phone calls lately from people with these symptoms and 99% of the time a plugged chimney cap is the cause. There could be other issues such as a down-draft problem or wet wood, but in the vast majority of cases it’s the spark arrestor screen in the cap that’s the culprit.
What causes the cap to become blocked by creosote? Burning wet wood, either not seasoned long enough or not stored properly so it becomes wet from rain or snow, is one factor. Wood should, at the very least, be under 20% moisture content to burn properly. It takes energy to evaporate the moisture out of the wood and carry it up the chimney. This is energy that would otherwise go towards creating heat, so wet wood may burn but it won’t give you the heat it should. The combination of moisture and un-burned gasses then goes up and condenses on the cooler chimney walls and screen in the cap, building up a layer of creosote.
How often should you expect to have to clean your chimney and spark arrestor screen? The answer is “that depends”. The general rule of thumb is that you should have your chimney swept at least once a year. This can vary greatly, however, depending on the moisture content of your wood and how you burn your stove. If you load your stove with wood and then close it down to a low burn constantly you can expect to have to clean your chimney and cap much more often than if you burn your stove hot on a regular basis with the air control open for about 20 minutes. Just make sure your chimney is clean beforehand if you haven’t been doing this. You may need to clean your screen much more often than you need to clean the whole chimney. In some cases you may be able to go a year between cleanings, in others it can become plugged in as little as a week. It all depends on the condition of your wood and your burning habits.
You can clean the chimney and screen yourself! If you’re comfortable getting up on your roof a handheld wire brush works well for the screen. For the whole chimney, we carry a full line of chimney cleaning brushes and rods. We also do chimney sweeps in our local area around Grass Valley and Nevada City, CA. Just call our offices M-F 9-5 or Sat 10-2 to schedule a complete chimney and stove cleaning-530-265-8618.
Click here and you will find the instructions for choosing the right parts for your wood stove chimney system.
Here we have a video reviewing the components options for different types of installations. We have all the Chimney pipe and instructions for anyone to select then install wood stove chimneys and stovepipe including single wall or double wall types.
Here is a diagram of a standard chimney installation:Here is a diagram of the wide variety of chimney installations possible. These include mobile home/manufactured home installations using Dura Vent DVL – double wall interior stovepipe and other variations.
Click here to see all of the chimney system components. These are usually in stock and ready to ship to you. If you have questions after reviewing these pages just send us an email at info@WoodHeatStoves.com
Installing Dura Vent Chimney Adaptor with Trim part #8675 to another brand support box
When installing DuraVent Close Clearance Double Wall pipe (also known as DVL pipe)this part# 8675 Chimney Adaptor with Trim must be used for 6″ pipe adaption to the support box. When installing the Chimney Adaptor to another brand of support box like the White Metal Chimney pipe support box it is necessary to widen the opening slightly for the inner stainless steel connector to fit up in the support box. This is easy to do with a ball peen hammer or any rounded piece of heavy metal by tapping gently to push back the inner lip about 1/16″ until the widest portion of the connector fits into the box and the trim can be screwed in place and lay flush. Always be sure to install all chimney pipe so that the smaller inner connection, the “male” side, is facing down so that liquid creosote drips into the stove instead of out of the pipe creating odors and a fire hazard. You can find these parts and everything you need for wood stove installation, repairs and maintenance on our web site at www.WoodHeatStoves.com
We also have other videos on chimney installation showing all the parts and the way they go together which are listed in our “INFORMATION CENTER” along with other helpful videos.
How to Identify your Wood, Pellet or Gas Stove, insert or fireplace
Watch this video to find out how to identify the Brand, Model and Serial Number for your Wood, Pellet or Gas Stove so that you can find the parts and manuals for maintenance, installation and repairs. Our web site WoodHeatStoves.com has over 15,000 stove parts with parts lists, owner’s manuals and technical manuals to help any technician or do it yourself repair person with all of their needs. This self service web site guides you each step of the way at any time of the day or night in finding whatever you need from the most common replacement parts such as auger motors, igniters, combustion and convection blowers to rare training manuals for technicians working for dealers of these stoves. This is a do it yourself repairman’s dream with everything you need for Whitfield, Earth Stove, Quadrafire, Envirofire, Hearthstone, Breckwell, Country, Austroflamm, Jamestown and many more popular brands. Just go to WoodHeatStoves.com to find what you need.
Here is a video review of the cleaning process for a Whitfield Profile series pellet stove. He goes over the primary pellet stove parts handled in this process. This was offered by a homeowner who thought others could benefit from his experience. Click on the photo or copy and paste the link below to watch it.
After watching this video click here to go to our web site and find owners manuals, technical manuals and a complete parts list for all pellet stoves and for each stove in particular. We have a full line of factory original auger motors, igniters, combustion blowers, convection blowers, control panels and everything you can need, with over 15,000 parts overall.
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CLICK HERE TO WATCH THIS PELLET STOVE CLEANING
We found this video on You Tube and realized that it could be valuable to our customers even if we don’t necessarily agree with the technique used in all aspects. Here this fellow is cleaning a Whitfield Profile 30 or 20 pellet stove but we suggest that you make sure your vacuum has a super filter system, don’t suck up hot ashes and use wood stove glass cleaner not the stuff for gas stoves that he shows on the video. This video is beneficial for showing you the way that trap doors in heat exchangers, burn pot and baffle plates will need to be removed for a proper, thorough cleaning. Use the instructions for your specific stove in the owners manual that came with it. You can find pellet stove owner’s manuals on our web site here http://woodheatstoves.com/owner-tech-manuals-c-291.html
Use our helpful guides to identify your pellet stove, download your parts list and technical manuals, watch our instructional videos and repair your stove.
The first step in servicing or repairing any pellet stove is to identify the correct model so that you can get the correct owner’s and technical manuals and parts list. Here we offer you a video guide to identifying the Whitfield pellet stoves. You can click here to find photos and popular replacement parts listings for each Whitfield and many Quadrafire pellet stoves. Our web site also has the parts lists and manuals for these and many other brands of stoves. We have over 15,000 parts and product pages to help you in your stove installations, service and repairs.
You can click here to find photos of the Whitfield pellet stoves and some Quadrafire models along with popular replacement parts like auger motors, burn pots, blower and exhaust motors, firebricks and gaskets. We carry these pellet stove parts for a wide variety of manufacturers such as Whitfield, Quadrafire, Enviro, Hearthstone Stoves, Earth Stove and many others. To see all the pellet stoves we support visit our pellet stove parts section on our site. www.WoodHeatStoves.com
Here is an educational video showing you the details of WHITFIELD AUGER MOTOR TROUBLESHOOTING AND REPAIRS!
Replacing auger motors is the most common maintenance on any pellet stove. If you have a Whitfield pellet stove you must make sure to replace the original brass bushing with a NYLATRON BUSHING which is the factory required upgrade and has been for many years. They found that the brass bushing tends to cause resistance and bind over time and it actually wears out the auger motor. Auger motor warranty’s are voided if the Nylatron bushing is not installed when a new auger motor is put in place.
You can find our aftermarket upgraded auger motors (with more internal metal parts replacing the original plastic parts) and the Nylatron bushings on our web site located here.