Normally the catalytic combustor requires little or no maintenance because it generates such high temperatures, it is basically self-cleaning. However, should the combustor become masked with soot or creosote, it is possible to burn the accumulation off by opening the bypass and building a hot fire. Once the hot fire is created, close the bypass halfway and burn for 30 to 60 minutes with the bypass left in this position.
Never use cleaning solvents to clean the combustor. It would be wise to check and clean the combustor, if necessary, before each burning season and inspect the flue system for any signs of creosote buildup.
A clean flue helps prevent chimney flue fires.