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Breaking in my new Castile

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by rondo, Oct 20, 2008.

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  1. rondo

    rondo New Member

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    My next door neighbor is complaining about the smoke.

    What are your experiences with smoke from pellet stoves?

    Is this a phenomenon of the stove breaking in or am I allowing too many pellets into the firepot?

    I only seem to get smoke when the stove starts up.

    Does anyone see the need for safety precautions regarding the fly ash discharge?

    Thanks

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  2. imacman

    imacman Guest

    The only noticeable smoke from the vent pipe should just be on start-up....after that, there should be virtually no smoke. If you have smoke after your stove has run for a while, then something else isn't right, IMO.

    The initial burn-in smoke (oils & grease coatings on the metal parts inside the stove) should go away after an hour or two of burning on High.
  3. Souzafone

    Souzafone Feeling the Heat

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    There shouldn't be ash coming out of the vent pipe, just smoke. Like macman said, a puff of smoke on ignition, after that you'd have to look real hard. Could just be case of pellet envy.
  4. rondo

    rondo New Member

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    My dealer told me not to worry about the fly ash.

    The contractor who installed the stove thought the fly ash might have something to do with the stove breaking in.

    I've had mixed reactions from fellow employees who own pellet stoves.

    Most of them are not aware of an ash discharge.
  5. Shortstuff

    Shortstuff Feeling the Heat

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    When the thermostat calls for heat, this is the sequence of events in my Castille:

    1. The combustion blower comes on at a high speed AND the igniter begins to heat up.
    2. Pellets immediately start to drop into the burn pot for about 15 seconds, putting about a handful of pellets in then stops.
    3. The igniter quickly gets red hot (as seen through the open ash tray door) and after about a minute the pellets begin to smoke.
    4. For about the next 30 seconds, the inside of the stove fills with smoke as the pellets smolder.
    5. Once the pellets begin to flame, the smoke is quickly replaced with clear air.
    6. The flame continues to grow in size for a couple of minutes and the combustion blower slows to a lower speed.
    7. Once again, the auger feeds more pellets into the burn pot.
    8. After about 8 minutes total, the convection blower begins to blow hot air into the room.

    Note: All the above is with my stove set to MEDIUM.

    Also, you can see my video that I posted of my very first burn here.

    Steve
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