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Ecoteck Ravelli Fransesca or Enviro Mini-A?

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by bollyRZ500, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. bollyRZ500

    bollyRZ500 Member

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    where's this screen at fellas??

    sidenote, can only carry 25bags in my trailer.... 25 more of them softwood Satisfactions by Groupe LG!!

    3.5 bags of mixed pellets = about 1lb of fine ash in the pan sofar!!

    polished the glass while I was at it!! :cool:

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  2. hoverfly

    hoverfly Minister of Fire

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    In the pellet bin, it's a 2"X2" grid grate just above the top of the auger housing. It's meant to keep your hands away form it.
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    observations on low (curran pellet which I had to sift!!) !!!

    fire burns 1/2 way up the window (about 40 pellet pieces) and the auger intermittanly drops pellets, sometimes a few 1/4 turns and no pellets then 6 or 8, then 3, then 5, then none, etc, etc

    once the accumulation of pellets has burned, flame is alot smaller, confined to the top of the burnpot (could be multiple nones in a row) then there's just coals and the cycle repeats with the intermittant filling of pellets, then about 20 or 30 gather before it catches again and then a really good flame that slowly dies down, and so on...

    long winded question but is that normal operation on low?
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    hoverfly Minister of Fire

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    Yes the auger has a "dead spot" that's normal. Enviro could program the controller to make it feed more constantly. Also you could adjust the duration of the auger on the low setting.
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    hoverfly Minister of Fire

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    Between the Main door and the Ash door there is a lip that sticks out. Open the Ash door and look under that lip. If you fallow the top edge of the ash pan handle that is up agents the stove,That hole is just right from center (facing the stove) of the stove, you will find an small hole. You might have to open that hole a little depending on how you insert the hose in to that hole. I think it's an 1/8 drill/reamer to enlarge the hole enough to stick a piece of brass 1/8 tubing.
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    thanks again hoverfly I'll have to check that out!!

    came to the conclusion them Currans musta got wet with the amount of sawdust in the bags and the general look of them.... still got 1 more bag but don't think I'll burn it LOL!!

    picked up 15 more Satisfactions and man do they burn nice!!

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    blower on 5
    feed on 5
    heat on 4
    damper out about 3/4"
    Satisfaction pellets softwood

    nice and warm 76.3 inside and a chilly 16.3 outside!! likin this lil $12 indoor/outdoor Bios wireless thermometer!!

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    decided to shuterdown for some glass cleaning and snapped this pic!!

    really need to find a better way to clean the glass off while the stove's running... maybe a razor blade??

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    hoverfly Minister of Fire

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    No! No! No! RAZOR blades!! The glass is softer than regular glass, you put a starch in it, you will develop a crack! I forgot how I did it, but I have one in mine and no immediate replacement when it goes. Not Cheap! Just shut it down, let it cool and just use window cleaner and paper towel or a rag. You can also run it for an hour on high to clean it up some what as well. Just watch out pushing ash into the glass air wash vents.
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    gotcha hoverfly, thank you!!
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    hoverfly or any other Mini owners.... is it normal to clean the glass daily?? after a day of burning on 3 and 4 it's not bad but I come home from work and the wife's had the stove on 2 and usually wiped it down once that afternoon, but it's covered with a grey substance on the bottom 1/3 to 1/2... I forgot to take a pic today before I cleaned it!!

    what about this airwash system, not much look searching for info for Enviro airwash
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    hoverfly Minister of Fire

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    It is not uncommon to clean the glass every day. Mini owners have pretty much accepted it as a fact of life, there is a lot a glass to keep clean and air wash falls short. Sadly, It sounds like a Mini A has the same problem as the old ones. y Generally, most pellet stoves have this issue as well,personally unless I have guests, I am not too critical about cleaning the glass everyday.



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    SOB hoverfly was afraid of that!!

    I'm a Cdn Forces mbr and tech for optical systems... 26yrs ago I learned cleaning optics with a monocular and an ultra fine camel hair brush.... man I hate dirty glass!! LOL!!!
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    hoverfly Minister of Fire

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    Man that is a case of OCD!! Generally I clean my stove once a day to keep it a peek efficiency with the appropriate vacuum cleaner, so it's really a none issue to clean the glass. Just don't use the bare metal that some high end vacs have on their hoses on the glass. That's how I scratched it.
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    1F outside this morn!!

    71.2F inside on feed/4, blower/5, heat/4

    just cranked her to feed/5, heat/5!!
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    Great the Mini is working for you. We have had our Mini for 6 years. My set up has a 5' horizontal run so I do a full pipe and stove clean once a month. Usually do a minor stove clean, vacuum inside, clean window, dump ash pan and clean burn pot about every 5 days. I run a vac brush over the window then damp paper towel cleans off good. Also have some of that wood stove window cleaner.

    My glass also gets a light grey soot in the center soon after cleaning if running on a lower setting.

    I try to burn Hammer Hot ones. The stove likes a shorter cut pellet for more consistent feed.

    HoverFly: how did you cut that stupid grate out? Always thought of doing that.
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    hoverfly Minister of Fire

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    Don't need to cut them, just remove both sides, locate the allen screws that hold it in place. After the grate has removed put the screws back in to plug the holes. Make sure when you do this that the unit is unplugged.
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    Here is the BEST way to clean yer glass.

    1. Vacuum it
    2. Using 3 or so paper towels, wet them in a bunch with water and wipe the glass all over
    3. Then, reach into the stove and grab some ash on the wet towels, then scrub the glass. Anything that is stubborn, use more ash and scrub...it will all come off pretty well.
    4. Wipe the glass clean with dry paper towels...whola! beautiful glass
    The more you do this the more you will polish the glass surface and the less built up you will get. Hint*....ash and water is great for polishing all sorts of stuff including, faucets, silverware and any other bling you have laying around the house.
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    smwilliamson Minister of Fire

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    LOTE baby! (living on the edge)
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    thanks for the tips fellas!!

    have NO idea about that 5301P so I'll leave the stove on manual for now... anyways couldn't stand the glass so broke out the windex!! LOL!!

    NO idea about the camera either and tryin to experiment catchin the flame!! :ZZZ

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    nuther pic!!

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    and one more!!

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    movemaine Feeling the Heat

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    NO WINDEX!!!

    water or specific stove glass cleaner only.

    The glass in your stove actually isn't glass, it's ceramic and doesn't react well to chemicals such as window cleaner (specifically, ammonia will discolor and cloud your ceramic glass).

    I know you're excited (we all get that way with a new stove), but make sure you really read up on proper running and maintenance of your stove.
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    gotcha movemaine!!

    found some Trebios for $4.47 bought 30 bags!!

    fired a handfull in the burnpot and man oh man do we have a fire goin now!! cleaned out the hopper of satisfactions and ran a bag through, little dirtier but double-triple the flame and more heat!!

    now I got a 50/50 mix of Trebio and Satisfaction and we're liking it!! gonna stick with the mix!!!

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