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Old 07-15-2015, 12:01 PM   #1
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How to open Casita stove vent?

This is probably a dumb question, but I have not been able to open the outside vent that the stove fan blows out of. It has two little pieces of plastic, that look like locks, but I'm afraid to force them in any direction. They look like they could break. Anyone know how to open the vent?

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Old 07-15-2015, 12:18 PM   #2
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On mine they pivot to the side off of the outside flapper/door. The pin that they pivot on is at the top of the two little levers. But then, my outside stove vent doesn't look like your picture.

There is also a sort of spring like thing inside the trailer, along the right side of the inside vent box (inside the hood but outside the grease trap) that needs to be pulled out to release the internal damper. Both need to open for the hood to operate properly.

I only mention this because some people don't know about the inside thingy.
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Old 07-15-2015, 02:17 PM   #3
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They do open just like they appear they should by pulling the tabs towards you, but sometimes it takes quite a bit of force. The tabs are pretty sturdy. Once unlatched the air from the fan keeps it open when it's running.

Steve.... I never knew about the internal damper.... Good call! The instructions are located right next to it. Mine was open : )
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Old 07-15-2015, 03:03 PM   #4
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If you are concerned about breaking the tabs when you turn them you might benefit from spraying the area around the tabs with soapy water to lubricate them. If they have not been turned in a long tome they might be stuck a little.
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Old 07-15-2015, 05:05 PM   #5
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My outside vent is identicle to yours. Yes they are very tight and I had the same concern as you regarding breaking the tabs but was assured by Casita that you will not break them. So far I haven't but give me time

As mentioned, they pop out towards you. I use my thumb. I hadn't thought about lubricating them but that may be worth a shot. I thought they would "break-in" over time but a year latter they're still pretty stiff.

Good luck!
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Old 07-15-2015, 05:08 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the tips, the Casita people called me back, they said to push the tabs UP and rotate the bottom of the tab AWAY from the Casita's body. So I will try that. That explains why pulling on them didn't work, lol.

I can spray some graphite WD-40 on it. Or something non-flammable since it is a stove vent.
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Old 07-16-2015, 08:37 AM   #7
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The clips are tight but get looser with use. Using spray may make them slippery. Use your thumbs, as someone mentioned. They also are easier to open on warmer days - another reason to stay south, LOL.
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