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A great loss (part II)

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by MButkus, Mar 21, 2013.

  1. MButkus

    MButkus Member

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    Last Jan '12 my auger of 11 years gave out. The first gear stripped. So I replaced the auger in my Whitfield Advantage II in about 5 min and 15 min. later the house was getting warm again. But this winter it seemed the stove never gave a big fire.. plus this new auger was a bit noisy.
    Well just over a year and this replacement auger is making a awful sound and no pellets.
    This Merkle-Korff auger motor gave up the ghost. From what I can see, the outer layer on the motor is spinning around on the shaft... quality. I'll have to post photos on my web site.

    So I happen to have picked up two more spare motors off E-bay back in 2009. They have wires to their motor but I just shoved the wires into the old connectors and 15 min later I have heat. I'll have to get the right connectors over the weekend. The new replacement motor is stamped ECM, can't see any other markings. This one is absolutely silent.

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  2. PoolGuyinCT

    PoolGuyinCT Feeling the Heat

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    Well glad your up and burning...

    To live the pellet "lifestyle" you have to keep a parts inventory on hand. I've been acquiring a mini service sharp a few gaskets at a time etc, have a convection blower on my shelf.
  3. MButkus

    MButkus Member

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    O.K., it wasn't the auger motor armature, it was the first fiber gear in my auger motor that stripped. At 14 months my Merkel-Kroff motor should not die. I took it apart and the first fiber gear was stripped. I have photos and the story.. 24 hours and my replacement auger motor is still silent !
    http://www.butkus.org/whitfield_operate/pellet-stove-auger-motor.html
  4. Jefflitzy

    Jefflitzy Member

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    One thing on the older Whitfields I have found is the bronze bushing on the auger has become worn and they will take out a feed motor in a year - the new bushing is plastic
    Change the bushing when you change the motor or you probably be doing a motor again in about a year.
  5. bill3rail

    bill3rail Minister of Fire

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    OK, a recent thought process of mine is that the auger may be jamming up like mine has twice. I needed to chip away the carbon buildup at the firebox end of the auger tube. I was thinking about getting a cylinder hone to clean out the tube in order to totally clean it out after I chip out the carbon buildup.

    Bill

    Cylinder Hone, operated by a drill...
    [​IMG]

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