October 28, 2022 2:41 pm


In this blog post, we will discuss how to clean a pellet stove step-by-step. We’ll cover everything from removing the ash pan to cleaning the burn pot!

During the colder months, you appreciate the efficient heat that your pellet stove provides, but if this is your first time owning a stove or you want to keep it in the best condition possible, you may be curious about how to clean it. Even though every home has a unique set of stoves and cleaning requirements, there are a few things you can do to maintain the pellet stove that will assist keep your home warm and keep you safe.

Why Should You Clean Your Pellet Stove

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Pellet stoves provide a comforting warmth during the winter months, adding both ambiance and efficiency to your home. However, maintaining a clean pellet stove is crucial for ensuring its continued performance. Here are some compelling reasons why cleaning your pellet stove is essential: 

1) Cleaning The Stove Increases Efficiency And Heat.

One important part of this maintenance is removing any built-up residue from the stove and its venting system. This residue, also known as creosote, can not only reduce the efficiency of the stove by blocking air flow, but it can also pose a serious fire hazard.

Fortunately, removing this buildup is relatively simple with the use of a specialized pellet stove cleaning kit and brush. When the residue is cleared away, your stove will not only run hotter and more efficiently, but you’ll also have peace of mind knowing that you’ve reduced your risk of a hazardous situation.

2) Your Pellet Stove Will Last Longer And Cost Less With Regular Maintenance.

Pellet stoves are a popular choice for homeowners looking for an efficient and cost-effective way to heat their homes. However, like any appliance, pellet stoves require regular maintenance to ensure they continue functioning properly.

Failing to keep up with regular maintenance can result in a buildup of ash and debris, causing the stove to run less efficiently and potentially leading to expensive repairs. Some maintenance tasks, such as cleaning the burn pot and replacing the exhaust filter, can be easily done by the homeowner on a weekly or monthly basis. Annual maintenance performed by a certified technician is also important to ensure any potential issues are caught before they become big problems. By taking care of your pellet stove with regular maintenance, you can not only extend its lifespan but also minimize repair costs in the long run.

3) Your Stove Will Look Better.

While it may be tempting to just vacuum up the excess pellets and ash from around the stove, a deep clean is necessary to remove built-up residue and ensure proper airflow. Plus, a clean pellet stove just looks better – no one wants to see a layer of dust and ash on their fireplace! Ash buildup can cause discoloration and make the exterior of the stove appear dingy, but a thorough cleaning can bring back the original shine.

How To Clean A Pellet Stove

It is time to find out how to clean a pellet stove now that you understand why it is necessary to clean it and what resources you will need to do so. You can either use these care and cleaning instructions for your pellet stove to give it a thorough cleaning, or you can follow a set process to provide it routine maintenance. Put on your safety gear, gather the tools you’ll need, and then clean your pellet stove by following these steps:

1) The Cleanout Tee

You may normally find this T-shaped vent pipe behind the stove, inside your home. The sheet or blanket should be laid out on the floor beneath the tee. Take off the lid by unscrewing it or prying it off, whichever method your device calls for. If your stove doesn’t have a tee, you’ll need to discover a way to disassemble the vent pipe so you can clean it. Place a bucket under the tee or vent opening and cover it with a moist blanket to catch debris.

2) Vent Pipe Opening

Find the farthest point of your vent, whether it’s the roof or the exterior. Take off any covers or screens that might be blocking the vent. Put the light source into the vent to see how much debris has accumulated. Use the flashlight to verify that the vent is clean while you work the pipe brush from the vent’s opening down into the vent and back up again.

3) Rest Of The Vent Pipe

Select an extending vent pipe brush to clean the entire vent. The brush may need to be lowered into the vent using a rope if you are unable to extend it. If you have a helper at the other end, they can grab the rope and pull the brush back and forth. It gets the job done, but it’s messier than if you just used a long enough brush.

If you were working alone, replace the screen and lid and let the ash settle before returning inside. Gather the debris-catching sheet and re-attach the sections of pipe or cleanout tee, using a sealant if necessary.

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4) Inside

Gather an ash brush of suitable size and sweep the ash from the bottom of your stove. It will likely land in an ash collection tray, from which you may remove it along with the rest of the rubbish from your stove and dispose of it safely.

5) Glass

After everything has been reattached and the stove’s interior has been cleaned, you may clean the glass by brushing away any loose ash from the inside and outside, and then applying a pellet stove glass cleaner.

6) Outside

After you’ve finished cleaning the stove’s interior and the vent pipe, it’s time to move on to the exterior. Remove any remaining dust and dirt from the exterior by wiping it down. When you’re done, you can take the bag of ash outside and dispose of it in the trash bin.

Final Thoughts

Maintaining a clean pellet stove is crucial for efficient operation and safety. A build-up of ash and debris can result in incomplete combustion, leading to excess smoke and potentially hazardous carbon monoxide levels. It can also affect the performance of the stove and increase the risk of a chimney fire. Taking the time to properly clean your pellet stove regularly helps ensure that it runs smoothly and safely. This can also prevent costly repairs down the road and extend the lifespan of your appliance.

In short, keeping your pellet stove clean is an important part of being a responsible owner. Don’t wait until there’s a problem – establish a routine cleaning schedule and stick to it! Your pellet stove will thank you.

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