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25-pdv not heating well

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by moto1919, Dec 23, 2009.

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  1. moto1919

    moto1919 New Member

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    I bought my 25-pdv a little over 2 years ago to heat my 1600sq foot two story house. I have not ever been able to get it warm in here at all. I see about 58-60 degrees and that is in the room that the stove is. The stove seems to be burning pretty well, I just don't get it. I read on here that people are able to heat there homes to 70 degrees no problem. I have tried running the stove on hotter settings but it dosen't make much difference other then eating pellets.

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  2. stoveguy2esw

    stoveguy2esw Minister of Fire

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    how well are we insulated? different houses respond to heaters in different ways. when i first moved into my 1250 sq ft rance i used and needed a 2200 sq ft rated woodstove to heat through the winter, as i have made improvements it is now easily heated with a small pellet stove that i virtually never needed to push at all, this same small pellet stove wouldnt have gotten it done before i made these improvements (especially reinsulating)
  3. moto1919

    moto1919 New Member

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    My house is a older house with some drafts, I have replaced doors and have newer windows but it is still a old house. The main space that i am heating in about 400-500 sq feet that is why I am concerned about the heat output. Its my kitchen and living room that I spend most of the time so we installed the stove in between the rooms. I Just really thought I would have no problem heating the downstairs of my house with this stove.
  4. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    It's cold as heck in upstate NY and the winds we have had lately add vastly to the heat loss. Add that to the short days (less solar gain), and you are talking COLD.....

    Heat loss is an interesting thing - you have to picture it like trying to fill a bucket with leaks in it. All buildings have some loss (small holes), but there comes a point where the heat loss exceeds the heat being pumped in.

    Pellets stoves cannot be run up at the very high outputs of wood stoves....for instance, they cannot easily put out 40,000 BTU+. However, just as an example, a newly built house of your size might only need 20,000 BTU to heat the entire house at 20 degrees outside temp. Your house, however, may need 3x as much.
  5. joefraser

    joefraser New Member

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    All houses heat different. In my opinion the best way to judge performance is the heat coming out the blower (I use a digital meat thermometer). I get about 140 °F on 1 and 200-225 °F at setting 9 after running a few hours. This may change based on install but I would assume it would be close to this range. Maybe someone else with this model could chime in, does this range sound right? Not sure myself if my stove is running as well as it should.
  6. imacman

    imacman Guest

    What brand(s) of pellet(s) are you burning? What is the exhaust pipe set-up of your stove (bends, lengths, etc)?
  7. moto1919

    moto1919 New Member

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    I'm burning pennigton right now but have tried soom others in the past. I do remember the bearfoots being hot but they always burned crappy. My set up goes right out then up 4-5'. I used one of those 3" kits that you can buy so its a basic set up.
  8. imacman

    imacman Guest

    So does that mean that they gave good heat from your stove? What does "they always burned crappy" mean?
  9. sydney1963

    sydney1963 New Member

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    When it's windy it's a totally different ball game. 20-30* windy vs. teens to single digits and no wind, you have to find the right settings for each of these to keep the house warm. Takes a while to figure it out.
  10. moto1919

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    They seemed hotter but i could never get them to burn all the way through, they always seemed to pile up. I did try playing with the low burn settings but it never made it any better plus i have to run at least 5-5 to stay semi warm. I hope I figure this all out soon because its driving me nuts
  11. WoodPorn

    WoodPorn Minister of Fire

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    I'm running a 25 as well, on setting 2 and burning NEWP's I get about 240F, with Lignetics I get 260ish -Using an Atkins Temptec

    --with an OAK installed.
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