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Does Your Pellet Stove Need Cleaning?


No one wants to think about the cold weather, at least not yet, but this is the time of year when you want to prepare your fireplace and any stove you may have, including your pellet stove, for the coming season. There is a lot of misinformation around about pellet stoves, one thought being that a pellet stove doesn’t need to be cleaned because of the low ash content. While it is true that the ash content with a pellet stove is quite a bit less than a wood burning stove, there is still ash and creosote build-up, and these materials need to be removed from your stove and chimney each season.

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What Happens During a Pellet Stove Cleaning?

One of the challenges a pellet stove faces over a wood-burning stove is garnering excess dust from the remains of the pellets. The pellets themselves are hard little nuggets, but they are made of various wood particles that can break off and disintegrate, creating a fine dust. This fine dust coats a lot of things, including the components inside your stove.

The ash created during the combustion process is also very fine, and this will coat the inside of the stove, including behind the baffles. Additionally, air is pulled into your stove as part of the heating process, so air filters are inside the stove to make sure that pet hair, dust, dirt and debris aren’t lodged inside the unit. These air filters need to be cleaned each season to ensure proper operation. Lastly, your chimney will need to be cleaned to remove any build-up of creosote and ash.

Why Is All This Important?

First and foremost is the safety of your home and the operation of your pellet stove. A dirty pellet stove and/or dirty chimney can present serious safety problems for you and your home; annual cleaning keeps everything in good working order. Secondly, you may need to have your chimney and stove cleaned annual to keep your home insurance in force.

Make sure your pellet stove in Wyckoff, NJ is ready to go this coming heating season with professional cleaning services from the experts at Design Air, Inc.