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another st croix issue

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by Mach23, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. Mach23

    Mach23 Member

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    This is my second year having my st croix prescott exl. Last year went well, i thought i had learned a lot but maybe not!.
    The first part of this season everything went well. Recently i have been having major clinker buildups in the burn pot. I clean the stove roughly once a week sometimes more. i cleaned the stove saturday and 3/4 of the pot was a solid clinker. When i removed the ash pan to vacuum that it had a good cup of unburned pellets in there which has never happened.
    I just turned the stove up on 5 to burn off some ash (i do this almost once daily) and noticed the pot is just so full the pellets are spilling out the side and into the ash pan.
    I shut the stove down and pulled the pot out and once again solid clinker. Why is this happeneing now and never before? I am burning the same pellets as last year.... Whats up with it? Thanks

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  2. krooser

    krooser Minister of Fire

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    Two things.... have you THROUGHLY cleaned your stove including cleaning behind the fire box and thru the ash traps? have you used the "leaf blower trick"? If pellets are building up you have a dirty stove issue.... you need to do a COMPLETE cleaning after every ton...

    I would check to make sure the versa-grate motor shaft coupler is tight where it meets the versa-grate mechanism. If the motor turns but the versa-grate does not it will build up a clinker... I had this crop up last year and again this year. You'll need to tighten up the set screw and use a little Lock-Tite, too.
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  3. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    What krooser said X very large number.
  4. Mach23

    Mach23 Member

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    thank you for the input! i will check the set screw. I cleaned the stove throughly at the end of last season and went through it again before i started burning this fall just to make sure one last time. I havent burned a ton of pellets yet this year so i have been just doing regualr maitenance so far. Yes i do use the leaf blower trick as well. Like i said i vacuumed the stove saturday and already tonight i had a clinker the size of the pot. I will check that set screw tomorrow when the stove is cool. Thanks!
  5. smwilliamson

    smwilliamson Minister of Fire

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    IF you have the latest control board, you may want to check to make sure that it is on program 3. UNplug the unit and with 5 sec of plugging it in, press the up nad down blower arrows and release, keeps doing that until you get to program 3 on the control pad

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