Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by miteclipse, Mar 8, 2013.
Pull the auger and clean it. Where in so md Im in hughesville.
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OK. So how did you make out with your auger squeal ??
What I find interesting is I keep hearing about the dreaded Harman squeal. I'm on my 4th winter with my Harman and outside of the occasional squeal when a pellet gets stuck, I've never had the problem. Yet back when my PDVC was my primary stove, I had the problem all the time. I had to chip carbon out of the auger tube constantly. But I've never heard anyone complain about them squealing at all, only the Harmans. And I was burning top end pellets like Cubex and Okies in the PDVC.
well, the Englanders dont cost what the Harman's do either, so they get more leeway. Its kinda like Tom Brady. Won 3 superbowls. Wife who has killer good looks and ALOT of $$$. Puts a big target on your back.
sorry for the late reply...im in hughesville as well...the squeal is still there, havn't pulled the auger yet, after cleaning the fines box, i could see the end of the auger and it is silver. i tool a blower vac and try to blow out dust/slide plate..lots of fines came out but same issue
Pulling auger lets you...
See if auger / motor / cam are all connected properly and snuggly.
If bushing is spinning free / full of grit.
Lets you re-align bushing/auger so you know it is spinning freely.
Clean / Scrape entire auger tube.
Eventually all stoves need Super Auger Service.
You need to Pimp Up Your Auger! See our blog with pics - Don't forget the Hi Temp "Dry Moly Spray"
Let the hopper and auger run empty on pellets. Cleaned the fine box, blew out any dust with air hose, could not feel any stuck pellets. I think removed all creosote from the auger opening (took a screw driver and steal brush and went away at it)
Turned stove on test mode...sqeeeeeeekk, it only squeal when the cam roller wheel was at the 8 o'clock position. I then took some 3-1 oil (the kind that has the extender tube on it which helps alot) and oiled the back and front auger motor shaft that goes into the cam bolt, also put a little oil on feeder bushings. Turned the stove back into test mode...sqeeeeeeeeeeek.
After I said a few cussing words, I decided to listen more closely. The noise was coming from the back of the auger, where it goes into the stove.
Hmmmm, I look at the cam bolt and there is a small opening before the auger goes into the stove. TheMightyJoe has a picture (1st picture) on it in his thread for removing and cleaning the auger..
I turned on the stove, let it fire. As the feed motor engaged, i took the 3-1 oil and put a few drops in this tiny space. As the cam bolt moved, I could see the oil moving with it. Instead of sqeeeeeeeeek, it was sqeeeeek. Interesting. I let the feed motor start again and as it was rotating, placed more oil. I did this about 4 times.
It has been 2 days and squeal free
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