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Rivet Dometic RM46 flue cleaning

The manual for my fridge suggests cleaning the flue once or twice a year. Has anyone done this and if so do you have any photos of what's involved. Fridge works on 120 fine but on LP gas, burnt smell indicating something in the flue cooking. Since I just got the trailer no idea when it was last serviced.
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The manual for my fridge suggests cleaning the flue once or twice a year. Has anyone done this and if so do you have any photos of what's involved. Fridge works on 120 fine but on LP gas, burnt smell indicating something in the flue cooking. Since I just got the trailer no idea when it was last serviced.
The reefer has a spiral shaped piece of metal inserted in the flue, to retain as much heat as long as it can within the flue.

It must be removed prior to cleaning.

Using a straightened coat hanger, coil one end of it around some steel wool. Insert that steel wool into the flue from the bottom end. Push the steel wool up into the flue, back and forth several times.

When done, reinstall the spiral.

Next, the burner and burner orifice must be cleaned, to remove any and all rust flakes or powder.

You can clean them in a jewelry cleaner, or soak them for 3to 4 days in some Limeaway cleaner. Rinse well when done.

DO NOT insert any needle or sharp object into the orifice to clean or clear it. Let the cleaners do the job.

That should take care of the proper cleaning of the LPG burner, orifice and flue, for you.

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The reefer has a spiral shaped piece of metal inserted in the flue, to retain as much heat as long as it can within the flue.

It must be removed prior to cleaning.

Using a straightened coat hanger, coil one end of it around some steel wool. Insert that steel wool into the flue from the bottom end. Push the steel wool up into the flue, back and forth several times.

When done, reinstall the spiral.

Next, the burner and burner orifice must be cleaned, to remove any and all rust flakes or powder.

You can clean them in a jewelry cleaner, or soak them for 3to 4 days in some Limeaway cleaner. Rinse well when done.

DO NOT insert any needle or sharp object into the orifice to clean or clear it. Let the cleaners do the job.

That should take care of the proper cleaning of the LPG burner, orifice and flue, for you.

Andy
Hi Andy:

thanks for the info but the burner can't be accessed from the small access door outside and I' tried to remove what I can to slide the fridge into the coach and it won't budge. I must be missing something and since there are no airstream dealers within 150 miles of me servicing it twice a year looks impossiblle. What am I missing to gain access to the burner to clean it? It's 32 degrees on electric at setting 6 and 61 degrees on LP this past weekend, see rust flakes falling out of the bottom of the insulated sleeve...

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