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Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by DuelburnJake, Jul 29, 2013.

  1. DuelburnJake

    DuelburnJake Member

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    Hi Guys,

    I've been a long time stalker of the forums and decided to join today! I have a 2006 model PS 40 in my main living area. (We have a 2850 sq ft raised ranch) that has been heating the main floor of the house since I was able to move into after a purchase and remodel in December of 2011. The stove has been great up until last spring, when the ignitor started getting really bad. I have searched all over the forums but have not seen many with the PS 40. I'm a pellet and wood burner so I get the best of both worlds and if one fails I have a back up. I need to do some service on the stove before the nights start cooling off here in central NH. I have taken the stove all apart and the venting off the house and cleaned it as I do every spring. Unfortunately NH doesn't have any lennox dealers near me so I was wondering if anyone else as had ignitor issues with there PS or PI 40 and if they had any recommendations on where to purchase parts online? It looks like a pretty simple job to replace it, just don't know where to get it. I would also like to get new gaskets for the convection and combustion blowers so I can pull those out and clean/inspect them. I also tired running the stove with a thermostat last year but that experiment failed. (I don't know if I had the wrong kind of thermostat or the ignitor was playing a role in the failed experiment) But first things first is to get the stove serviced and in proper working condition before starting new projects. Any input on other maintenance would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Jake

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  2. briansol

    briansol Minister of Fire

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    Do a good cleaning. I thought my igniter was dead too, but it looks like I jus thad too many fines in the auger area, which end up blocked the air wholes in the burn pot, thus never igniting.
    If you're using a cheaper pellet or one that's more full of fines/dust, that may be your issue.

    Thermostat issue sounds the same.... if it can't light, it won't.

    if you have a volt meter, run it on that first to see if it makes a circuit. Scott ran mine when he was here and said it was 37 if I recall.... don't remember the units. maybe ohms? I forget. Just needed to over-stuff the burn pot a little bit to get it going. Cheap end of year hardware store pellets + dirty stove will do it.

    I wouldn't worry about the combustion gasket.. it stays pretty clean in there. The gasket is likely re-usable (its the felt kind).

    The exhaust combustion gasket does get dirty though. I've re-used mine a couple times now with no problems re-sealing it. They are pretty durable. there's time now to take it apart and see if you actually need one before you order it.

    http://woodheatstoves.com/index.php...h_result&search_in_description=1&keyword=ps40
    is a good place to order from. owner is a member here as well.

    If you're southern, @swilliamson may make the trip out to you for a service call if you need it. He did a great job for me.
    http://www.pelletstoveservice.com/
  3. DuelburnJake

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    Thanks briansol! I will check out woodheatstoves.com I haven't pulled the ignitor out yet, I will this weekend. Don't want to have the thing torn apart in the living room too long the wife doesn't like that. But I will pull it and see how dirty it is. I burn NE wood pellets or green supremes from the NH production facility. I have contacted NE wood pellet and the Green supremes and NE brown bags are the same. They seem to burn well in my stove out of the NH facility but can be dirty from the NY production facility. I know I went through quite a few brands before finding something I liked for the price. Thanks for the input!
  4. briansol

    briansol Minister of Fire

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    Those are pretty dirty pellets, honestly. bottom 15% IMO from what I've burned. If you're close to Jaffery though, it may be hard to beat. It's usually worth it to spend a few bucks more a ton.
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    What have you found work good in your stove? Mine loved green teams but the ne pellets where close but you have to get them out of the nh plant outwise I will not purchase them. The bags are either stamped on the front or back depends on the plant.
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    smwilliamson Minister of Fire

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    Remember, when installing the igniter...the igniter tube needs to pass through the round part of the opening...remove the burn pot nd look up in there and you'll see what I'm talking about. once you get it passed in, move it all the way forward until it strikes the back of the burn pot. REmove the burnpot an make sure you can put the pot in and out....THEN tighten down the worm clip on the back of the igniter tube WITH THE BURN POT IN PLACE. You'll be all set if you follow those directions.
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  7. DuelburnJake

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    Thanks smwillamson! My company has been doing work in southcoast mass very nice area! I really appreciate your help. I will try it out this weekend.
  8. Revivere

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    Jake I have same stove and I burned NE pellets one season and had trouble with the auger jamming,clinkers,heat output.. I have been burning the Okanaghans for past 2 seasons and have been very satisfied. I pay more, but to me it is worth it because of the heat output and the cleanliness. I am sold on the softwood pellets for my stove.
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    Thanks Revivere, I am going to try a couple different brands in mine this fall. Do you have a thermostat on your's? I tried one lat year with no success but it was a unit my HVAC friend had in his van that he didn't know if it would work.
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    No I don't.

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