How Do I Fix a Whistling Noise in the Stove Pipe of a Pellet Stove?

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Not cleaning your stove pipe regularly can result in a buildup of ash and other debris that can cause it to whistle. As well as ash deposits travelling up your stove pipe, leaves and other objects can enter it from above. Unblocking your stove pipe will ensure a better burn and eliminate any annoying whistles that have developed.

Things You'll Need

  • Old towels
  • Trowel
  • Large pot
  • Ladder
  • Screwdriver
  • Stove pipe brush
  • Vacuum
  • Detergent
  • Allow any fire in your stove to die down and wait for it to cool completely.

  • Lay old towels around the floor close to the door of your stove to catch ash.

  • Remove ash from your stove with a trowel or a spade. Place ash in a large pot to dispose of later. Leave the pot below the open door of your stove when you've removed as much ash as possible. If your stove has a damper, open it.

  • Climb up to the top of your stove's pipe on your roof with a stove pipe brush. Have someone hold your ladder while you do so.

  • Remove your stove pipe's cap and push your stove pipe brush down your stove pipe to dislodge ash and any other debris. Move the brush up and down to ensure you're reaching all of the inside of your stove pipe.

  • Replace your pipe's cap when you've finished cleaning and descend your ladder, making sure your assistant is holding it at the bottom.

  • Remove ash that's been pushed down into your stove. Vacuum and clean the floor around it.

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