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Ecoteck Elena auger issue

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by Diesel, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. Diesel

    Diesel New Member

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    I installed a new Ecoteck Elena in late 2009. Stove has been flawless up until two days ago when I was awoken by "Pellets Finished" alarm, which was odd since the hopper was full. It turns out, the auger sounds like it is having trouble turning/labored. It essentially tries to turn for about a second, then stops. There is an error code for "Auger Blocked", but the fore-mentioned code was displaying instead. I inspected the auger up through the drop tube, cleared out any visible pellets I thought were jammed without avail. This evening I'm going to open up the unit. Questions: Has anybody had any issues with their auger and/or replaced one? Does anyone have the model # of the auger? Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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  2. Pelleting In NJ

    Pelleting In NJ Feeling the Heat

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    It uses a standard Merkle-Korff AC Gear-motor, 2.4 RPM. I have the part number and direction of rotation info at home, so I will have to update this post later tonight. The 2.4 RPM is based on my observation/measurement on my Elena.

    I have been burning now for 2 years, probably about 3.5 tons total thru my stove to-date, and have not had any issues, auger or otherwise.

    The "Auger Blocked" error code described in the Ecoteck User Manual is not applicable to our Elena stoves, as we do not have the (apparently optional ?) RPM sensor installed on our auger motors (at least mine does not), so we will never see that error message displayed. The Pellets Finished alarm makes sense, as a dead auger will cause the flame to burn-out, and the dropping exhaust temperature is what triggers the Pellets Finished alarm.

    PM me your email, and I can send you the Factory Technical Manual (which is not really a service manual, but is more tech info as to how the stove works).
  3. imacman

    imacman Guest

    Only way to be sure you found the problem is to empty the hopper, remove the auger motor AND pull the auger too. Check for a pellet jam....look up into the auger tube w/ a flashlight and make sure it looks clean. Maybe hook the auger motor to direct 120v ac (INSULATE THE WIRING!!!), to be sure it runs smoothly
  4. Pelleting In NJ

    Pelleting In NJ Feeling the Heat

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    I heard the OP found a rock (!!) that jammed his auger.....nice quality control from his pellet brand (Western Elite). Sounds like his auger motor survived this!
  5. Diesel

    Diesel New Member

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    NJ is correct. The auger actually began grinding into the rock. Definitely a tough motor/auger. After removing the plate within the hopper that sits above the auger, I was able to dislodge the rock. Put everything back into the stove, back to normal operation. If there is a next time, I will begin by sucking out all pellets in the hopper first. Thanks for everyone's help. Below is the scenario. DSC_0171.JPG
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  6. Bioburner

    Bioburner Minister of Fire

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    New difinition of "Between a rock and hard place",Pellet stove style!
    If you had a choice between the Elna or a Sofia, which one would you choose? Both are for sale here in state for about 2k.
  7. Pelleting In NJ

    Pelleting In NJ Feeling the Heat

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    Elena has a bigger hopper (76 lbs), rated at 48,000 BTU max
    The Sofia has a smaller (55 lbs) hopper, but is rated at 50,000 BTU max.

    I would go (and did) for the bigger hopper, and the more contemporary look of the Elena. The Sofia looks more Euro traditional, with the ceramic-tile clad exterior.
  8. IHMan

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    Bioburner: Do you have any contact info for the 2K Ecoteck?
  9. imacman

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    If it were me, I'd be right on the phone to them and complain about their quality control.....might even get a free ton out of the conversation.
  10. jaydenjeremy

    jaydenjeremy New Member

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    i got mine for $1899
    heres the guys info .
    Jaimie Perkins | Executive Bank Relations
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    (920) 617-9161
  11. Bioburner

    Bioburner Minister of Fire

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    St.cloud CL
  12. Bioburner

    Bioburner Minister of Fire

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    A large sale of stoves last year at Auction house and slowly the people who got them are trying to unload. Still favoring the Bosca but after meeting the CPA about taxes will have to see.

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