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  1. Eric J

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    pellet stove was running on a very windy day, smoke started blowing in and then auger stopped working.

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  2. mralias

    mralias Minister of Fire

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    Hi Eric and welcome.
    I suggest you put the type of stove you have in your signature so we have a starting point to help you. A little more detail on what happened would also help. Lots of really helpful people on this forum but the info you give is key to get the right help.
  3. Eric J

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    Thanks. It's the Earth Stove HomeWarmer Model HW070. The fan turns on but the feed auger doesn't turn. This happened after it was running on a very windy day. I don't know if that has anything to do with it or not, but I unplugged the power when it started smoking and now it won't start.
  4. mralias

    mralias Minister of Fire

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    What do you mean started smoking. Smoking from where? What kind of smoke? Electrical smell like from the control board or wiring? Or pellets burning in the stove smoke?

    Do I understand correctly that the only thing works right now when you start it up is the exhaust fan turns on?

    When was the last time it was completely cleaned?

    Need more detail on what does not start.
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    smoke from the burning pellets started coming out of the pellet box. Yes the exhaust fan is the only thing working. We purchased it used so I don't know when it was completely cleaned last. It was working fine up until this point. It seems like we're not getting any power to the auger but the fuses all look good.
  7. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    Check for a high limit switch, it is possible when you yanked the plug the stove over heated and that switch tripped, if it is a manual reset one you need to locate the reset button and press it. It should go in and stay in.

    I'm making an assumption that your Earth Stove has some safeties on it.
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    Thanks, do you have any idea where the reset may be located?
  10. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    The high limit switch is somewhere on the heat exchanger it is usually a little red button between the two electrical connections (which are hooked up to line voltage, so do this with the stove off and unplugged).
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    Found it, and that was the problem. It seems to be working fine again.
    Thank you both for your help!
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    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    Anytime.

    Now about the high wind affecting your setup please explain your setup to us.
  15. Eric J

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    The stove is in my shop and vents straight out the back with an elbow at 45 degrees pointing down. The wind was blowing about 40 mph directly towards the back of the shop that day.
  16. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    Build or plant yourself a windbreak about 6 feet from the venting that is higher than the vent termination.
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    Good idea! Thanks again for your suggestions.
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    Harvey Schneider Minister of Fire

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    An outside combustion air source (OAK) would significantly reduce the effects of wind pressure on the stove.

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