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Old 28-07-2014, 20:27   #1
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Cleaning Dickinson heater?

Anybody have a good tip for methods of cleaning the soot out of a Dickinson Antarctic diesel heater?
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Ha, good luck, lots of newspaper, long gloves etc...I generally made one hell of a mess. So am interested as well. Maybe a small vacuum cleaner.
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See Chapter 16, Maintenance, beginning page 33 ➥ http://www.dickinsonmarine.com/Manua...ual-2011-2.pdf
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Thanks guys. Looks like I need to make a stop at Harbor Freight to look for a good brush to use. The easiest way to remove the gunk after brushing looks to be a vacuum. Hope I don't ruin my cordless Dewalt on that job.
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Re: Cleaning Dickinson heater?

I use my shop vac on my Newport. I also quit lighting it with paper. That really helped reduce the carbon. I use a one piece stack, if it gets too dirty I will discard it and get new. Its a lot easier to clean out the tub on the vac than wiping and brushing.
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I use just the corner of a kleenex to light the heater in order to keep the carbon lower.
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Re: Cleaning Dickinson heater?

Hamilton marine in Maine sells some cleaning tabs for heater, they seem to work reasonably well. Also try running it as hot as you safely can for 30 minutes before shutting it down. I have found burning my Refleks at too low a temperature causes it to carbon up rapidly.

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