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Cycling a pellet stove

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by MommyOf4, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. MommyOf4

    MommyOf4 Feeling the Heat

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    I've been learning a lot about pellet stoves since we had ours installed. Thank you all for the information.

    However, I keep reading about "cycling". I'm going to ASSume that it means the amount that the stove turns on/off. Is it bad for the stove to "cycle" (according to my definition)?

    Sidenote: If my definition is wrong, please correct me.

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  2. Mr. Spock

    Mr. Spock Minister of Fire

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    Your model auto ignites and has a thermostat so yes this would be considered normal. The stove will adjust its output or even shutdown once the thermostat temperature is met. Is it bad? It may put more wear and tear on the igniter and depending on the duration and temperature of the burn you may need to clean more often. But I wouldn't say it's bad per say. The stoves are designed with cycling in mind.
  3. john193

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    I can't comment on the definition but by your definition, not really. Cycling puts additional wear on the igniter and the process of cycling is just the most inefficient part of the stove operation. My stove cycles 4 to 5 times a day under 24 hour use to perform a quick self clean cycle.
  4. Mr. Spock

    Mr. Spock Minister of Fire

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    Is this related to your stove issues you posted yesterday?
  5. MommyOf4

    MommyOf4 Feeling the Heat

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    Yes and no.

    I need to get a new thermostat so I wanted the info and also to just learn as much as possible.
  6. glenc0322

    glenc0322 Minister of Fire

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    Its not a bad thing. You will just put excessive wear on the igniter. some people put there stoves in manual and the stove does not completely shut down it goes into a slow burn and saves the igniter. that is if your stove has that option. If you have your stove go on and off alot I would purchase a spare igniter and keep it on hand just incase. And as far as the definition I agree with you. And you know what happens when you assume? some times you get it right and sometimes you make an ass out of you and me lol.
  7. imacman

    imacman Guest

    Get the stat that the poster in the other thread suggested, the Lux 1500. Most all pellet stoves use a millivolt stat, and the Lux units work well....many of us on the forum have them. It has a swing setting that goes quite high to keep the stove from "cycling" too often.

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