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Dog chasing its tail!

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by CT Pellet, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. CT Pellet

    CT Pellet Minister of Fire

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    A few weeks ago, there was a thread started bu someone (can't remember who) who was afraid to leave his/her pellet stove on when they were not home. Then there were a few others that said they were equally afraid to run er' solo while they were away. But overwhelmingly, the majority here said "hell yeah!" to running their stove 24/7 and some of the skeptics agreed that they would give it a try after reading some fairly convincing arguments that it was indeed safe. I'd love to hear from some of the recent "converts" and see iof there is anyone who has recently started running their stove 24/7 as well as those who are still apprehensive. It would seem to me that anyone who shuts their stove off durring the day now will be playing "temperature-catch-up" when they do turn it on...Kinda like a dog chasing its own tail. Anyone want to chime in?.......

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  2. Enviro Mini Owner

    Enviro Mini Owner New Member

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    I started using my Enviro Mini on the 8th of January and have no fear about leaving the stove burning when away from home. AS you say, the start ups would be counter to the worth of owning a pellet stove.
    I do have a question about vacuum cleaners. I have been told there are cleaners made specifically for the fine fine dust but they can catch on fire from hot ashes. Well who would be stupid enough to vacuum hot ash into a confined space like a vacuum cleaner. I will only vacuum the dust and ash inside after removing the burn pot, its liner and the ash box. That would be safe, right? What is the best make of vacuum cleaner without spending a fortune>
  3. CT Pellet

    CT Pellet Minister of Fire

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    Ohhhhh E.M.O..... You'd be surprised at what some "Darwin Award Winners" have done.
  4. SXIPro

    SXIPro Minister of Fire

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    I don't get the whole fear thing. If I didn't run mine 24/7 in the winter, I'd have no heat. Are people afraid to leave their furnaces on when they are not home????
  5. MikeNH

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    My dad is a retired firefighter from the Boston area. He had a few calls a year attributed to hot ash where hot ash don't belong, like inside plastic shop vacs.

    I was nervous about running the pellet stove overnight for the first night. After that, I got over it. Now it's just on and doing its thing, and I clean it regularly - probably more than I have to, but that's just what I've always done with the wood stove.
  6. bill3rail

    bill3rail Minister of Fire

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    Long Island has been real cold the past few days (as compared to our regular seasonal temps that is) and I left for work yesterday and the wife was hesitant, argumentative and skeptical about leaving it on and was going to turn off the stove, but I convinced her to leave it on. She said nothing about coming home to an acceptable temperature. I just did not understand her fears, it is a fully self contained firebox with nothing to worry about. I shut it down this morning to clean it and will restart and leave on all day.

    Personally, when I first started running the stove, I would leave with a second thought, but quickly lost any hesitation and will leave it on 24/7 if needed.

    Bill
  7. Brokenwing

    Brokenwing Feeling the Heat

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    I will throw myself in the review, I had alot of problems with this stove, and even though it seems to be working I was hesitant to let it run all night when no one was up. After this cold snap started, it is running 24 7, and I know longer worry.
  8. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    I chased my tail for 8 seasons with my quad. No oil back up, Only expensive electric heat! We'd be burning wood in these temps to help the poor old girl out. Also had to make sure we had the wood eater crankin before we could do cleanings. God forbid if we let her run out of fuel. Wifey would go home at lunch to make sure it had enough fuel for the day. Once it got behind it was a struggle to get the temps back up.

    Fast forward to today and the beast we have now has way more than we have needed so far. Had to raise the heat level to 4 once so far due to -20ºF temps. But still had good heat rise of 2ºF per hour. No worries if I run out of fuel or need to shutdown for cleanings. Its got more than enough horsepower to catch back up! This thing may eat fuel like its going out of style, But its just way too easy for us now! Next stove will be a multifuel furnace. :cool:
  9. bbfarm

    bbfarm Minister of Fire

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    uhhh...we once vaccuumed up burning pellets out of our burn pot into our ash vac.

    yes on purpose. we were having a problem with the stove.

    ran outside to empty it right away into the covered metal ash can though.

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