Cleaning an Elan Pellet Stove
This is a website for a general overview of
what the stove parts are called and how everything works. http://www.woodpelletfuels.com/pellet_stoves.htm
Then open it up, usually I don't open it all the way or it drops on the carpet. I usually only open the door over the hearth until I've vacuumed around the door. Open it up and vacuum the ash off the door and windows, working your way from the handle to the hinge so that you catch the ash before it hits the carpet when the door is all the way open.
Then vacuum out around the outside part that sits near the window to make sure you don't lean on any ash. Then try to vacuum above that part at the top of the stove where the door closes. That's the biggest mess if you touch it.
Once that is vacuumed, you can vacuum out the bottom around the burn pot, vacuum out the burn pot, pull it out of there and vacuum out the box that goes around the burn pot.
Then once that is vacuumed, you can pull out the drawer and try to shake the pellets that didn't burn to one end or the other. Vacuum the end without the pellets, then try to shake the good pellets to the other end that you just vacuumed. Then vacuum the remaining end. Then I usually pour those pellets into the newly cleaned burn pot and vacuum from the bottom where the holes are to pull out any remaining ash.
Once you do that, you should be able to set the burn pot aside. Vacuum around and in the square pan that holds the burn pot. That box will tip backward and pull out as well. Just pull up on the front of it and then pull it forward and up, out of the stove. Vacuum all over this metal pan so that it doesn't get ash all over, then put it aside as well. You can place the burn pot into it on the hearth to take up less room.
Now you should be able to see the clips that hold the side tubes from rattling. Vacuum around the clips and then pull them off of there. The side tubes come out as well. They sit in there so that the tab on the tube sits into a slot in the tab from the stove.
Vacuum off the tubes then remove them one by one. To get them out, lift by the tab and turn them sideways until they slide out. You will have to do this one at a time and vacuum the backside of the tube before pulling it out of the stove. Once one side is out and vacuumed, set it on that side of the stove out on the hearth. Repeat the process for the other tube on the other side.
Once you have both tubes out and vacuumed, vacuum the newly exposed area. The brush works well to get off any ash that is sticking to the tubes or the stove and makes it easier to vacuum.
Vacuum the tubes at the top of the inside of the stove. Try to brush them after you vacuum the lose ash off and get between the tubes. If the ash builds up here, the tubes don't heat up as well. Be careful not to get ash on yourself here, as it's really easy to knock down.
Vacuum around the top and sides of the brick backing. Grab the sides of the brick and carefully lift it upward so you can tilt it forward and vacuum off the back of it. Once the brick has been brushed and vacuumed off, it can be taken out and placed on the hearth.
Grab the bar on the final metal plate at the bottom where the burn pot pan used to sit. Pull it upward and vacuum all over it, including the back side of it. Put this aside as well, on the hearth.
Once all that is vacuumed out and you think you have vacuumed out all the ash you can, put the bottom plate back into place. Basically everything goes back in reverse order. Bottom plate first. Put the brick backing up against the cast iron and slowly slide it down until the notches sit on the tabs to hold it in. This may take a couple tries to get it back in there. Try setting the brick against the cast iron a couple inches above the normal position. This can be judged by where the pellet tube cutout is in the brick in comparison with the tube that drops the pellets. Slide it down really slow to make sure that it does catch on the tabs.
Put the side tubes back in and slide them down so the tabs fit into the cutout in the tabs off the back of the stove. Push the side pipes all the way back and put the clips in place, holding the tubes as far back as possible so they don't rattle.
Take the burn pot out of the burn pot box that holds it and set it aside. Put the box back in so that the hole in the back of it fits over the air vent pipe at the bottom. Put the burn pan back in.
Wash the windows with Windex and newspaper or paper towels. This is also a good time to go out front and pull that elbow off of the exhaust pipe. Tap the ash out of the exhaust vent pipe to the best of your ability and probably try to drop that elbow on the sidewalk (or somewhere like that) to loosen up any ash in it. Once you are fairly certain that the vent pipe is as clean as you can get it, put the elbow back on. (it can be left off, but it blackens the front bush when it is, so I prefer it on.)
Add some of wood chips from the bag (in the metal popcorn tin) and start the fire up again. Push the air vent in all the way while you start up the fire. Once the fire is going well, turn the burn rate to a quarter turn, pull the air vent out until the fire is burning fast and hot, not lingering flames, but don't pull it out so far that the fire starts to burn out and the flame stays in the pot. Try to find that first place where the flames are burning fast and yellow then leave the air there.Once Summer rolls around, I will have my stove professionally cleaned. I try to wait until Summer, since the prices are lower then. Most people have the stove cleaned in the fall before the season or in the spring, after the season, or sometimes in the winter during the season. Summer is the best time to have it cleaned at the lowest rate, in my opinion.