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Stove Cleaning Checklist from Wood Heat Stoves & Solar

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After your stove has had a season of hard work it is time to show your appreciation for the trouble free operation by going thru recommended annual service as listed in your user's manual that can be found by clicking here  Wood and Pellet Stove Cleaning  On all pellet and woodstoves you will need cleaning brushes and rods for the vent pipes. Find your brushes and rods by clicking here. Be sure to consider where all this soot is going as you brush these pipes and have tarps and shop vacuums ready to keep the soot out of the air and off of the floor. Beware that you don't push the soot into parts of the stove that are harder to clean out when you are done. Gas Stoves - Inserts - Fireplaces Gas stoves build up soot around the logs, pilot assemblies and burners, after a season of use. Usually a professional gas service man is best for this task but some more technically oriented customers do their own maintenance. Your manual is the best resource for instructions on this task. The pilot assembly and pilot generators are the most common parts needing cleaning, adjustment or replacement. They can be tested with a multimeter for the millivolts that they are generating and compared to the minimum specifications. Troubleshooting information is located by clicking here -   Replacement Parts Electrical components: Blowers get covered with dust and animal fur during the season and lose their efficiency until they are cleaned with a duster brush and vacuum. Auger motor bearings can wear out on your pellet stove. Now is the time to replace blowers and other motors that are becoming noisy as this is the first sign that failure is imminent. You will find most of these parts on our web site or contact us by email and we will find the parts you need if possible.  Worn out Gaskets Most door gaskets get worn out in a year or two and need replacement to keep the airtight function of any stove. You can check your door gasket by taking a piece of paper the size of a dollar bill and holding it in the door gasket while latching the door closed tightly. Then try to pull the paper thru the closed door and test it all the way around the door. If it is slips thru anywhere, you need to replace the gasket. We offer gaskets and glue on our web site.  Programmable and Remote Thermostats for Gas Stoves All gas stoves can run on a thermostat by connecting two wires to the valve.  We suggest that you add one versus manual operation. They can be wired and programmable for the ease and efficiency of automatic temperature changes at different times of the day. Or, you can choose wireless remote controls with simple on/off, thermostatic or programmable thermostat functions for ultimate control and ease of operation. Find them on our web site by clicking here. 12426 N. Bloomfield Rd. Nevada City, CA 95959 877-265-8618 Fax 530-265-8656 Wood Heat Stoves & Solar

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