Monday, May 16, 2011

Cleaning the Pellet Stove

Heating season is almost over for us.  Yes, it's mid-May and we still have to run our pellet stove some nights.

We installed a Harman wood pellet stove a few winters ago when oil prices went sky high.  Our house has baseboard heaters, which are heated by a furnace that is powered by heating oil.  When the oil truck came, and a fill-up cost $800 (which was only going to last about three weeks!!!!), Handy Man said "enough!"

The stove wasn't cheap, but we paid it off and it has paid for itself since then.  Wood pellets are much less expensive than heating oil.  We figured that wouldn't be the last time oil gets expensive; we're so glad that we bought it.

Handy Man took advantage of a day when the stove wasn't running, and he cleaned it out.  He used a shop vac to suck out the loose ashes.
This is about a month's worth of ashes


Handy Man took a rag and some Windex, and cleaned up the glass.  
All nice and shiny, and ready for the next day of heating...which was TODAY!  Hello, spring? Where are you?! Do you still have to turn the heat on a little bit this time of year...or are you running the air conditioning now?

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14 comments:

Pink Overalls @DIY Home Staging said...

Handy Man is more than handy. He is a prince for taking on a dirty job. Your stove looks beautiful.

Nicole said...

Well, I live in Alabama and we hit the 90s last week - but today the high was 60. Not enough to turn the heat back on, but enough that we built a fire in the fireplace! This isn't the weather I signed up for when we moved down here!

Jennifer McAfee said...

A tip for handy man. Instead of using Windex that leaves a residue behind, do this. Dip a wet paper towel in the ash and wipe the glass. Follow up with a clean paper towel and VOILA! Clean glass, no residue, low cost! My father in law told me years ago and I doubted, but it's really works!

Liz @ thequickjourney.blogspot.com said...

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Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Jennifer, that's so interesting! I'll have to pass this tip on to Handy Man. I'd never heard of that before!

Misty said...

We have had to run our A/C a couple days last week because it got HOT! Today it rained, so we didn't need it. But, in my bedroom it gets very stuffy and hubby had to open the window for me at 2 AM..I was stifling.

Just One Donna said...

This dreary New England spring weather is disappointing. At least our "snirt" is gone! LOL.

Sunny Simple Life said...

No heat this time of year but we have already had our a/c on a couple of times this year. Thankfully cool and in the 60s right now so nothing has to be run.

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

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Cindy said...

I've just recently heard of pellet stoves. Are they alot like wood burning which I think the negatives are that they smell like smoke some and you have to have a water pot on top for some moisture to remain in the room...
I might have to look into this more. Have a great week.

Phyllis said...

I have never heard of a pellet stove, and I would like to see what it burns.....maybe little wooden pellets? Your handy man is fantastic, and would be welcome to do a few chores here around my home....LOL. How often does he have to clean the stove? It looks a little difficult to do and time consuming. Give the man a great reward.

abeachcottage said...

Lovely stove you have. Your handy man did a great job cleaning it :) Thanks for stopping by Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays and sharing this.

aarond said...

We live in central Missouri and the heat is on tonight, Still waiting for warn weather,

aarond said...

I mean warm weather, that's what I get for typing in the dark.

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