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Old 08-06-2014, 03:10 PM   #11
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What ever was in there is now burned up.
If you can give it a shot of compressed air from the top down or
even a shot with a leaf blower again from top down it should
blow out any residue.
I think your OK as is but if you want to disassemble it go ahead!
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Old 08-06-2014, 03:34 PM   #12
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Removed those 3 very short sheet metal screws and what I would call the metal chimney came off quite easily. That gave me just enough access to the cavity to be able to vacuum and "toothbrush" out almost all the ash. (Some of it is kind of sticky which makes me think maybe a wasp's nest had been started in there).

Didn't try to remove the tube but that might be my next experiment. Reassembled the chimney and will try it out tonight when it is dark and easier to see what's happening inside that cavity!

Reassured that there is a very heavy metal plate still very sound which separates the tank from the flame. My tank was not being slowly burnt up!

I wouldn't try taking that metal chimney off too often, screws are very short sheet metal screws, easy to mis-thread and not sure what you'd do if one didn't hold upon reassembly.

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Old 08-06-2014, 03:38 PM   #13
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What ever was in there is now burned up.
If you can give it a shot of compressed air from the top down or
even a shot with a leaf blower again from top down it should
blow out any residue.
I think your OK as is but if you want to disassemble it go ahead!
Why didn't I think of my leaf blower!!! Probably will use it in addition to the disassemble route as I've already put it back together

There was by the way still a moderate amount of ash still in the chamber.
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Old 08-06-2014, 05:33 PM   #14
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It is not ash, it is rust/scale from not being used. If you are going to blow it out with compressed air or a leaf blower, make sure you have on safety goggles. If you have a shop vac, that will work better. A small wire brush with a long handle will work great to remove all the loose rust/scale.
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Old 08-06-2014, 07:09 PM   #15
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It is not ash, it is rust/scale from not being used. If you are going to blow it out with compressed air or a leaf blower, make sure you have on safety goggles. If you have a shop vac, that will work better. A small wire brush with a long handle will work great to remove all the loose rust/scale.
Interesting! Could I run the H/W tank on propane to burn off all the rust? Definitely glows red as it burns. Safe to use?????

Does rust/scale burn and produce an ash-like substance? What I brushed out and had accumulated on the door sure was black and ash-like. Maybe its just semantics.

Wire brush sounds like a pretty good solution. Appreciate the advice greatly!
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Could have been some dust/cob webs, etc. I would try to get a wire brush and clean as much out as possible and then vacuum it out. Using the propane will keep it clean.
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Could have been some dust/cob webs, etc. I would try to get a wire brush and clean as much out as possible and then vacuum it out. Using the propane will keep it clean.
Thanks! Will definitely be using the propane option more regularly to try to prevent any buildup or debris. Even my wife was alarmed at the red glowing embers where they shouldn't be.

Cleanout once or twice a season might be in order too!

Appreciate everyone's advice. Feeling a lot better than when the day started thanks to advice/support received
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I had some similar burning ember debris in my h/w flame tube recently. Still investigating.

When the flame fires up, listen carefully (maybe from inside the trailer where the h/w heater is). Do you hear a dripping sound, only when the flame kicks up?
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I had some similar burning ember debris in my h/w flame tube recently. Still investigating.

When the flame fires up, listen carefully (maybe from inside the trailer where the h/w heater is). Do you hear a dripping sound, only when the flame kicks up?

Didn't hear anything unusual, but I'm a little hard of hearing though.

Still feeling a little uneasy and haven't used it since I cleaned it out.

Don't want to start a fire with any of those embers (or whatever they are) flying around
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Didn't hear anything unusual, but I'm a little hard of hearing though.

Still feeling a little uneasy and haven't used it since I cleaned it out.

Don't want to start a fire with any of those embers (or whatever they are) flying around
Sure thing. Reason I ask is that with my issue, it's coupled with another issue involving other appliances which appears may be linked to having something in the propane line. When my h/w starts burning and making that dripping sound, we're beginning to think what's in the line is being forced out the h/w propane line and burnt, leaving the residue which looks like burning embers under the flame.

Just curious if maybe someone else might be in the same boat.

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