Official 2014 Pigroast RSVP thread
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I burn off the creosote by letting the water temp get pretty low, even lower than the my 185 kick back on temp (turn off the stove for a few hours.) . Then I start a decent sized fire in the center of the firebox. Leave the door open and push the switch for the fans to kick on in with something that will hold it in, starting the fans. It will create a very hot fire, and the creosote is easily scraped, burned, or melted away. Deposit any scraped creosote right on the fire and it burns up. The reason you have to start with a low water temp is that this hot fire also increases the temp in the water quickly. The low starting temp gives you more time before the fans automatically shut down prior to boiling the water !Questions:1. Do you have to scrape the airholes and maintain at the same rate and diligence of the 2300?2. Do you think its more efficient than the 2300, or just less hassle?3. Was the overall effort required significantly different between the two models?
Beenthere-I don't pay attention to the walls much at all. They kind of take care of themselves. I do clean off the welds and angles of the firebox at year's end. I don't know if creosote there can lead to rust, but, because those are seams in the boiler, I try to clean them at the end of the burning season to remove any ill-effects on these connections. I don't do any of that during the heating season, unless I am in vacation shut-down mode.The only creosote cleaning I do routinely during the heating season is along the bypass door flue edge. I don't want a build up there to prevent complete closure.
Chucholicious,I have been thinking about a possible upgrade from my 2300 to a 2400 model.The only issues that I have had this year has been the bridging problem.I have been running my 2300 since February of 2009. Last year ran like a charm, this year only the bridging problem. In your November 15 post you use the word awesome. In your April 7 response, I don't see as much enthusiasm about the 2400.My questions would be:1. In your opinion is it worth the upgrade?2. Is it using less wood?3. Are you having any bridging problem?4. How full to you fill the box.5. How long of burn time do you get with your fill?Just a note for the 2300 owners, I replaced my Fusion Combuster the fall of 2010. I have now discovered that on the bottom of the FC there is another shield that slides in to the fusion combuster which is now disintegrating and needs to be replaced. According to CB it is a wear item and can be easily replaced for little money. Until I have replaced the part I will question how easy. Don't believe that CB has replaced these in a boiler that has run for two seasons and experienced how hard it might come out or putting it in without again removing the FC from the boiler. Just another thing that has gone in the unit that CB keeps a secret until someone finds it and then contacts the dealer in return contacts CB for an explanation.
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