To Maintain It
Do You Have One?
You pull this handle - the "Pull Rod" - before opening your outdoor boiler door so that the smoke does not blow in your face. (See photo above.)
If you don't have a Pull Rod, read below for urgent and important info.
You might think: "Yeah, so what?"
But did you know that EACH MONTH, you should use the pull rod to clean your top air channel? This is often overlooked, and potentially FATAL to your outdoor boiler.
How Is This Done?
Simply pull the Pull Rod until it hits the stop. Normally, you should pull the Pull Rod about 18 inches before it hits the stop. Then twist the Pull Rod clockwise about one-eighth of a turn, and you can continue to pull it out much farther! Several more feet!
If you do this with the front door open, you will see a poof of white powder drop down inside the firebox. This is how you clean out the top air channel (we call it the "D-Plate").
How Else Can I Clean The D-Plate?
It is also recommended to use a shop vac to remove ash from the top air channel by reaching the shop vac hose down the chimney.
If My Boiler Doesn't Have a Pull Rod?
Then you MUST obtain a "Cleaning Brush - D-Plate" and follow the directions above to clean your top air channel at least once per year or as needed. More cleaning instructions can be found in the product description of this cleaning brush HERE.