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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2021
    Florence Wi

    Default Drop flue bottom cleaning

    How do you clean soot from underside of drop flue pan

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Hopkinton, MA


    During the season, I use flue brush on the end of a pole. https://bascommaple.com/products/bld...68377a6d&_ss=r

    I actually found the same style of brush in the BBQ section of Ocean State Job Lot for something like $2. I cut off the plastic handle and wedged the wire into the end of an adjustable pole I used to use for putting up Christmas lights up high.

    After the season, I used to take the pan off and hit the flues with EZ Off. I haven't done that in years and I don't see any difference in the boil.
    Woodville Maples
    Around 300 taps on tubing, 25+ on buckets if I put them out
    Mix of natural and mechanical vac, S3 Controller from Mountain Maple
    2x6 W.F. Mason with Phaneuf pans
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Southern Ohio


    I use a grill brush everyday before I boil for loose soot. After season, I used to work at making it shine again then I realized it only took one boil and it was all sooted up again. Now I power wash and scrape what comes off easy and call it done.
    125-150 taps
    Smokey Lakes Full pint Hybrid pan
    Modified half pint arch
    Air over fire
    All 3/16 tubing
    Southern Ohio

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
    Peru, Maine


    Oven cleaner and a pressure washer
    270 taps on 2 Shurflo's, 31 taps on 3/16" and 229 taps on gravity. 530 in all
    Mountain Maple S3 controller for 145 of the vacuum taps
    2x6 Darveau Mystique Oil Fired Evaporator w/ Smoky Lake Simplicity Auto Draw
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2017
    Richmond NH


    This is what I do as well. Take the pan off, brush off all the loose stuff then soak it with oven cleaner. Let it sit a couple hours then hit it with the pressure washer. Gets it clean enough for me. It's never going to be perfect.
    smoky lake 2x6 drop flue SSR on homemade arch
    235 taps on 2 gast 1550s and lappiere releasers
    24x12 sugar house
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