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Avalon Arbor smells like ashes.

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by Saddlehillfarm, Feb 10, 2010.

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  1. Saddlehillfarm

    Saddlehillfarm New Member

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    Have any of you experienced this?

    We bought an Avalon Arbor,. After a few weeks, whenever we shut the stove down, fully loaded to burn all night, it puts out an ash smell. No smoke, just a very pungent ash odor. It starts around 1:00 AM. Why is it doing this? During the day, when it is wide open and stoking, there is no smell at all. I do clean out the ash pan every day.

    thank you for any insight!

    Kim

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  2. preacherbiggin

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    how do you have the stove vented?
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    I notice from time to time when my Castile is not running that I can smell an "ashy musty" odor. I believe that mine is coming from outside air moving through my stove via my OAK. I suppose it could be air back feeding the exhaust piping.
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    Hi smalltown: Does your odor happen everytime you shut it down? What is an OAK? I am a female and clueless. Thank you!
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    Isn't the arbor a woodstove? You may want to repost on the HearthRoom list. Us P-burners don't shut down overnight, we adjust the feed rate and don't get to smolder and create a stink.
  6. SmokeyTheBear

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    Kim this question might get a lot better response for you if it was posted it in the Hearth Room.

    There be pellet burners here and our stoves have forced drafts.

    Your stove appears to be losing its draft as the fire dies down.
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    littlesmokey: Oops! am I on the wrong forum? Ok, I will find the hearthroom. thank you
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    preacher biggin:

    I don't know how it is vented, we had it professionally done. It has two ways of burning. Wide open during the day, and then at night, it has another type of drafting system, when we shut it down. I have just been told that I am in the wrong forum,..
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    SmokeyThe Bear: That sounds like that could be it. How would I get the draft back? Leave it open a little more? thank you
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    Saddlehillfarm I thought you had a pellet stove. Nevertheless an OAK is an outside air kit, used to supply outside air for burning.
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    ive burned wood stoves for 20+ years and i KNOW this: sometimes you gotta let em breathe! its tempting to cut the draft way back so you can have a more all night burn but remember this ; wood varies in its burning characteristics and some will keep a low draft and some has to have OXYGEN to burn clean. to choke ya fire down too much either, or your enemy (Creosote) will be a prob. let er breath and your ash smell should go away.
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    preacherbiggin

    I will try it, I am new to wood stoves, and I just love mine! Thank you so much for your help. Also, I didn't realize I had posted in the wrong forum.
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    Hey preacher, that was about how long ago it has been since I last tossed wood into a real wood burner.

    Kim, we don't mind newbies showing up here, welcome to the forums.

    Good luck and enjoy the heat.
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    LOL ya know i really miss the whole wood cuttin and burnin experience but i have so little time anymore to do it . ( i pastor full time and work on guns on the side( when time allows it) i think this burning corn/pellets deal is gonna be very addictive! wind chill is 3 right now and its a cozy 76 in here right now! Thank the Lord for heat and i pray the power wont go off tonight!
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    Thank you Pyro: We are so much in love with our stove,. I am anxious to see if I leave the damper alittle bit more open, to see if it gets rid of the ash smell.

    It is snowing like crazy here, and very cold, and we are snug as bugs in rugs. and the stove i roaring.

    You guys are fabulous
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    yeah you are sure getting socked. We are getting alot of snow here, but not nearly as much as you guys. I have a daughter in DC, and she and her husband are holed in.
    What kind of guns do you repair?
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    saddlehillfarm,

    I work on all of them. we got a Gun shop here in Va (New Era Shooter Supply) and it keeps us busy. from antiques to the newest things we sell them all and work and them all.
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    althought his post was put in the wrong place, the arbor is also a pellet stove, like the leyden in the lopi line is both a pellet and a woodburning unit (same cast shell, obviously different fireboxes..)
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    true, I am sure all of you know pellet stoves, woodstoves.. gas stoves?

    anyway, I left the damper open alittle more and wa-la, ash odor is gone. this is a great forum.

    thanks everyone!
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    Drop in any time Kim, we need a challenge, just to maintain the heritage skills.

    Like the preacher a lot of us here have done the cut, split, stack, dry, lug, and dump routine and now we just lug and dump. We must be very old folk.
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    SmokeyBear: haha ok, pellets must be easier to handle?. we aren't spring chickens either, but hauling logs are good exercise, gets us off our butts and outside.
    So the Avalon can also use pellets? that is good to know.
    Get this: we lived 25 years in SW Florida, lived on the water, and we moved to the mountains. Husband sold our bizz, bought a semi and double decker cal hauler, and hit the road. He sees a different type of Smokey Bear.. Loves it. Something must be wrong with us. %-P
    Thanks again
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    Your particular version is a split burner, the closest it will come to burning a pellet is likely a biobrick.

    I think that summit was saying that there are other Avalon stoves that are pellet stoves.

    Normally pellet stoves are less physical work than a tree eater. You can get pellets delivered in 40 pound bags or in various bulk modes.

    They are slow steady heaters and unless you get a pellet furnace, boiler, or oversize your stove will not heat most places up really fast.

    Like all heating devices you need to size the stove for the building and climate.
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