Economical and efficient, pellet stoves are excellent ways to provide comfortable warmth to your home. To keep your pellet stove working most effectively, you should follow a few simple maintenance tips. Although pellet stoves are very similar to wood-burning stoves, this type of stove runs on electricity and contains circuits and moving parts. If you are used to using a wood-burning stove, Bart Fireside strongly recommends that you thoroughly read the owner’s manual before you begin operating your pellet stove. We also think it is a good idea to refer back to this owner’s manual throughout the burning season to ensure that you are using and maintaining your pellet stove properly. To help you get into a maintenance routine with your pellet stove, we would like to share with you some simple tips on taking care of this heating appliance.
PREPARE YOUR PELLET STOVE FOR THE HEATING SEASON
Schedule a professional cleaning and inspection of your pellet stove, its pipes, and its chimney. You want to be sure all of these components are free from debris or rodents. If you are having a problem with rodents invading your pellet stove, you may want to consider installing a chimney cap to keep them out. This will also keep out any water and moisture from the chimney and stove.
A professional inspection should include a test run, according to WRAL, to be sure all of the mechanical parts are working as they should be.
MAINTAIN YOUR PELLET STOVE DURING THE HEATING SEASON
Pay attention to how your pellet stove is operating each day. Is your stove making its normal sounds? Do you notice black smoke appearing where it should not? Is the flame bright yellow or white? If you see or hear anything out of the ordinary, contact us at Bart Fireside to investigate the problem further.
Clean your pellet stove every week. You can remove the soot build-up from the glass doors of your stove with paper towels and a commercial glass cleaner for heated doors. To clean the metal parts of your stove, use a wire brush. Empty the ashes from the ash drawer or trap weekly. When you remove these ashes, be sure you are placing them in a metal container with a lid. Store this container outside of your home to keep a fire from starting due to hot embers or smoldering ashes.
PREPARE YOUR PELLET STOVE FOR THE END OF THE HEATING SEASON
Clean your stove completely. The majority of mechanical problems with pellet stoves are linked to dirty components. Unscrew the pipes and/or panels of your stove and vacuum out the inside. Remove all leftover pellets from the hopper. Since pellets can absorb water and break down inside the hopper, you can either scoop the leftovers out or burn them off.
If you have any questions about maintaining your pellet stove this fall and winter, contact us at 803-772-7364. We are happy to help you with any maintenance assistance you may need.