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Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by Paul Raz, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. Paul Raz

    Paul Raz Feeling the Heat

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    So this morning I woke up to find the living room chilly! After a brief pause to shiver I realized that the stove is off. It must have been pretty cold last night and just kept on running, so needless to say there were no pellets left in it. So I took this opportunity to actually clean the stove for the first time. Pretty simple actually, emptied ash pan, scrapedthe burn pot, vacuumed, cleaned the glass etc.
    Here is where I ask my stupid question, since I am a new owner of this stove(tuesday install) I have yet to start this thing. My wife was here when it got installed and they started it for her, it has been burning ever since. So my question(s) are:
    On startup I followed the directions, but it seemed like a really long time for the igniter to even try to light(is that normal?) and from your perspectives which is the best way to start this up. I followed the printed out directions on the door, but it just seemed like it took forever. Maybe this is normal, which is fine but I need to know so I know what to expect or if there is an issue I need to address. Any help would be appreciated. You guys got me this far so I'd rather get it from you than the dealer. Tks

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  2. DAKSY

    DAKSY Patriot Guard Rider Staff Member

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    What do you mean by "forever?" Harman's will light from a cold start - ONCE the burnpot is full - in anywhere from about 2.5 to 8 minutes. You can speed this up a little by turning the feed dial to test for a minute or two to get the burnpot loaded...When you cleaned her did you clear under the burnpot in the igniter cavity? Did you also make sure the burnpot holes were clear? 12 ga romex wire works very well for those holes...
  3. Delta-T

    Delta-T Minister of Fire

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    should take about 5 minutes to light, assuming the auger is primed. If you had run it dry and don't prime the auger (by placing the unit into test mode until you can see some pellets enter the burnpot) it could take a bit to get going. Then its about another 3-4 minutes until the distribution blower kicks in.
  4. Delta-T

    Delta-T Minister of Fire

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    forever is a long time isn't it. ;)
  5. DAKSY

    DAKSY Patriot Guard Rider Staff Member

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    I guess when your teeth are chattering, time does tend to slow down...
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  6. kinsmanstoves

    kinsmanstoves Minister of Fire

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    This is not a gas stove. Please read the entire manual then watch the video. If the stove did not come with the video go to harmanstoves.com and watch the video. Congrats on your new Harman.

    Eric
  7. Paul Raz

    Paul Raz Feeling the Heat

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    Ok then that was the problem. I didn't put it into test mode. It took about 10 minutes for it to light. I was sitting there staring at it and it sounded like it was loading pellets but nothing happened. I ran out to take my son to the bus and when I came back in the fire was blazing away. Thanks guys, just wanted to make sure this was the norm!
  8. DAKSY

    DAKSY Patriot Guard Rider Staff Member

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    Patience, Grasshoppa...
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  9. Paul Raz

    Paul Raz Feeling the Heat

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    Yeah I gotta go watch that video on harmanstoves.com. This way I know what to expect!
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  10. Paul Raz

    Paul Raz Feeling the Heat

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    Lol. Yeah I need to calm down. Just wanted to make sure something wasn't wrong. Now I know. Tks
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  11. P38X2

    P38X2 Minister of Fire

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    OR....you could light it manually in 2 minutes ;) :p
  12. Paul Raz

    Paul Raz Feeling the Heat

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    Thought of that, but wanted to make sure it was working properly.
  13. P38X2

    P38X2 Minister of Fire

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    I hear ya :)

    How'd you like the ash vac? Pretty nice huh? I hung a single pouch tool belt bag off mine. Holds all my brushes, scrapers, glass cleaner, etc. One nice self contained unit.
  14. Paul Raz

    Paul Raz Feeling the Heat

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    Loved it. That thing was great. Was done with all of it in like 2 minutes. Very efficient and well worth the money.
  15. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    And from this we learned to fill the hopper before going to bed or be prepared to have a chilly start to the day, I hope.
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  16. Harman Lover 007

    Harman Lover 007 Minister of Fire

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    Paul,
    If you haven't already, click on the link in my sig and grab a cold one. Well worth the read for a new Harman owner.
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  17. rmcgr8one

    rmcgr8one New Member

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    What ash vac are you guys referring to?
  18. Paul Raz

    Paul Raz Feeling the Heat

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    After I did this a time or two, never ran out again. I just got into the routine of filling hopper before leaving for work and when I get back home.
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    joescho Feeling the Heat

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    I have a totally different stove, but have encountered a similar problem. My dealer told me to take a handful of pellets and put them in the pot, which works for me. Will that work for a Harman?
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    Our Fleet Farm sells the small ash vacs but does NOT carry the filters for them. They carry the filters for a totally different ash vac that they don't even sell. morons...
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    Bioburner Minister of Fire

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    Find the customer feedback form at the return desk and fill it out. We have gotten good results on two differant problems.
  23. Paul Raz

    Paul Raz Feeling the Heat

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    My vac came with the ash filter already in it!
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    P38X2 Minister of Fire

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    I'm assuming he's referring to replacement filters. Amazon ;) Prob a good idea to have one on hand although I imagine the original one would last a looong time. Just bang it out outside.

    Does seem silly that yer local store wouldn't carry the proper replacement but that's likely not the only vac they sell. Who knows, it might fit regardless. Remember, it's made in China.
  25. DAKSY

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    Yep.

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