Cleaning & Maintenance

Cleaning & Maintenance

Keep your pellet stove clean and running smoothly

It’s important to keep up with cleaning and maintenance of your pellet stove year round. Depending on the time of year and the type of stove, there are different maintenance tasks required.

Yearly cleaning for insert wood pellet stoves

If you have an insert stove, you should schedule an annual chimney sweep for either the end of fall, or right before winter. A professional chimney cleaning will help prevent the possibility of fire and dangerous fumes. Typically, a professional cleaning includes an inspection of all stove components to make sure everything is in good working order.

General cleaning and maintenance tasks

For both inserts and freestanding pellet stoves, the winter season brings some essential maintenance tasks. You should have the stove’s catalytic combustor checked thoroughly at least three times during the season. If the combustor needs to be replaced, expect to spend less than $200.

Throughout the year, inspect the fans and motors to make sure they’re operating efficiently, and periodically clean inside the stove with wire brushes. Your stove should be thoroughly cleaned at the end of the winter season to remove any ash and leftover pellets.

Troubleshooting wood pellet stoves

There are four typical problems that can occur with wood pellet stoves. Two of them are usually owner-caused, and you can likely repair them yourself. The other two are generally manufacturer problems that must be fixed by the dealer.

Operator errors in wood pellet stoves

  • Poor maintenance. It’s essential to take proper care of your wood pellet stove. Read the stove’s manual and learn the steps you should take for year-round cleaning and maintenance.
  • Poor fuel. Choosing the right fuel is important. Some types of wood can leave too much ash behind and clog the blowers. In addition, using the wrong fuel can lead to serious buildup and difficulty in cleaning.

Manufacturer or dealer errors in wood pellet stoves

  • Poor installation. While dealers can sometimes make installation mistakes, these types of problems are more often caused by self-installations, particularly with insert models. If you’re purchasing an insert pellet stove, be sure to have it professionally installed.
  • Factory defects. This problem speaks for itself. In cases of factory defects, the manufacturer should be responsible for either fixing or replacing your stove at no cost to you.