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Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by Enviro Mini Owner, Apr 2, 2013.
Does a fairly full ash pan mess with the correct air flow?
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I think it has more to do with noncombustibles in the brand of pellets you are burning.
I have been burning about 6 to 7 bags a week of Clean Burn and Olympus pellets and have to clean my stove once a week to clean out ash. I bought a couple of bags of Presto log pellets and the burn pot filled up with ash after burning one bag. I went back to burning Clean Burn and the ash build up went right back to once a week cleanings.
actually, the ash pan can become overfilled and spill over, ending up with ash in the pipe, etc......why wait? just empty it at 3/4 full or so.....
Exactly what I do. I empty the ash pan during my one ton cleanings. I tend to do one ton cleanings every 40 bags though.
But to answer the OP's question.... No. The amount of ash in the ash pan does not mess with the correct airflow. BUT if the ash is overflowing and blocking the airflow passage in some way then obviously that would.
I stir around my ash 2-4 times typically, condenses the ash, and gives me another 2-3 weeks before emptying.
Depends on the stove. On my Fahrenheit, where the exhaust port is right behind the pan (like a Harman, kinda) it does effect it. But my Quad? It can be stacked 10 inches above the pan and will not effect it.
All depends on how your exhaust path is set up......
yea, with the Harmans, Ive seen the overflow ash get sucked past the combustion fan and into the flue/pipe, causing exit airflow issues and airflow issues around he ESP....as you know, your ESP is integral in how your stove operates.......many folks who THINK they have clean stoves really dont.........