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Anyone else switch over to auto yet?

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by mepellet, Mar 6, 2013.

  1. Bigjim13

    Bigjim13 Feeling the Heat

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    It will feed pellets but not start the igniter? Am I understanding that correctly?

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  2. mepellet

    mepellet Minister of Fire

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    Yes.
  3. chuckster

    chuckster Burning Hunk

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    I never use ROOM temp auto. To much wear and tear on the ignitor. I always run in STOVE temp auto so stove will never shut off just run real low. If it gets pretty warm I just shut the stove off for a couple of hours. I just don't like that ignitor coming on all the time.
  4. mepellet

    mepellet Minister of Fire

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    If you ran in room manual, you won't waste pellets by overhearing the room and you won't need to turn off and then restart the stove (less ignitor use). During the dead of winter I turn my stove on after cleaning and it doesn't get turned off until the next cleaning.
  5. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    I have been switching from hi/lo to auto/off all season during the day. I seem to get enough solar to do this. Normally I can't make the switch to hi/lo at night until the temps get above mid 30's. It looks like we're getting pretty close as it may be next week and I should be able to get a few samples in once I do switch to auto/off full time.
  6. Wachusett

    Wachusett Feeling the Heat

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    Similar to Jay, if day time temps get close to 40 and a little sun I will run in on/off mode even through the night.
    30's at night its a lot easier to bring the house up to temperature in the A.M.
  7. subsailor

    subsailor Minister of Fire

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    Just to be sure you understand,

    In room manual, the stove will never shut down, just go to a maintenance burn until heat is called for. In room auto, the stove will shut down when there's no call for heat.
  8. chuckster

    chuckster Burning Hunk

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    I don't like room temp manual because when the room gets to temp the fire dies way down (not off) and the fan slows down.The room starts cooling off before the flame and fan starts coming up again. In stove temp auto the fan always keeps running at the speed you set it at and the fire stays where you set it at. Even temperature with no ups and downs.
  9. silverfox103

    silverfox103 Feeling the Heat

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    Switched over today, I will probably be going back and forth for a while.

    Tom
  10. Bigjim13

    Bigjim13 Feeling the Heat

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    That's how mine has ways run though. In room temp auto it rarely shuts off unless its real warm out and 33* ain't warm enough for that! It will go low maybe and then start up again.
  11. Bigjim13

    Bigjim13 Feeling the Heat

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    I am going on 5 years with my igniter. If you clean regularly it helps extend the life. At least that's what the Harman tech told me.
  12. DBCOOPER

    DBCOOPER Feeling the Heat

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    Just curious what is the pellet burn rate in a maintenance burn?
  13. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    Think it depends on the stove and what pellets are being used. Mines approx 1.5 lbs per hour.
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  14. Bioburner

    Bioburner Minister of Fire

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    Went to auto today. First time we have been at or above freezing since Christmas. Another storm coming tonight though.:( My stove will use about 35 lbs a day in maintenance but I have the boiler loop that pulls out heat and does a good job of keeping slab temp steady.
  15. imacman

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    Temps here in the 50's next 3 days......turned the stove off, and set it back to on-off. Hope these temps continue.
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  16. Mr. Spock

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    Tried manual once to give it a go but not used since. Even when the temps go low the stove will shut down. If I leave it in manual it gets much to warm for my liking.
  17. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    Me too, That white chit is disappearing fast! ::-)
  18. Hoot23

    Hoot23 Minister of Fire

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    Switched to auto yesterday. Wife said it only cycled 3 times today.
  19. subsailor

    subsailor Minister of Fire

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    Geez, blow some of that 50 degree stuff north please.
  20. Brokenwing

    Brokenwing Feeling the Heat

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    I have been burning all day today, but the past few days only burning at night. It has really warmed up!
  21. Bioburner

    Bioburner Minister of Fire

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    Can you blow a little heat my way? I don't feel like humping more pellets into the basement. It was -4 this morning and only 19 for a high. We are supposed to be 18 and 35 for a high. New snow this weekend too.
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    Vinelife Feeling the Heat

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    I have mine on thermostat ..set it and forget it..
  23. mepellet

    mepellet Minister of Fire

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    So do some of us including myself. But there is a difference between auto(on/off) and manual(hi/low).
  24. woodsman23

    woodsman23 Minister of Fire

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    back to auto for me.
  25. gbreda

    gbreda Minister of Fire

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    Been able to shut down completely during daylight time since Saturday. 4 Days in a row ! NICE ! !

    Snow eating fog out there all morning today...even better !

    Temps dropping again late week though ;hm

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