Automatic bulk pellet loading for pellet stoves?

Andrew Robinson Posted By Andrew Robinson, May 14, 2014 at 4:41 PM

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  1. Andrew Robinson

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    Hello again,

    Does anyone know of a system for loading wood pellets from a bulk storage into a wood pellet stove hopper?

    This is a new installation - back problems prevent us from filling the stove with 40lb or even 20lb bags.

    Some variation of a vacuum or auger system used for pellet boilers?

    Andrew
     
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    The Biowin has a vacuum system that they use with their Firewin pellet boiler/stove. I'm not sure if it's adaptable to 3rd-party stoves, but it might.
     
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    My uncle's Kedel has a bulk hopper outside that is auger fed into the boiler. I've seen a sales flyer for one that works with a sack. It moves around on the bottom to get the whole thing empty. There's quite a few options for bulk pellet transfer.
     
  5. Andrew Robinson

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    Thanks for all the suggestions. Here are a couple other ones I found interesting:

    A wall mounted hopper that can be operated with a shop-vac - intended for corn stoves, but a similar system would probably work for pellets.
    http://www.cornvac.com/index.html

    And - from Sweden - a bulk pellet system that uses your central vacuum as a suction source:
    http://www.pellvac.com/e/start-e.php

    We are probably going to use a system like the Swedish one. Apparently there is even an optional 3-way valve that allows you to use the central vac to clean out the stove!

    A
     
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