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Had to shut down my Englander pellet stove today, wayyyy too hot!

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by Lorne41, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. Lorne41

    Lorne41 Member

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    I had to turn off my pellet stove around 11: a.m. today, it was over 80 degrees inside the house and 42 degrees outside! I had my 25-PDVC set on it's lowest settings ( leaned out as much as I could) and it was still putting out too much heat. I'm burning Green Team and they burn hot. I can't believe we're getting daytime temps in the 40 to 50's in January! Looks like the warmer than normal weather is going to be with us this week, but I'm not complaining! Anyone else have to shut their stoves down the last few days?

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  2. Elatu

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    Yep, me too. It was 80 in the house and 53 degrees outside yesterday. Had it shut off all day. It's 20 degrees outside now, and the house is 74 degrees. Running at 2-2 on an Englander 55-SHP.
    I live in Southern Ontario. The wind is howling right now outside, but it's toasty warm in here.
    Still only burning 1 bag per day of the Granulco soft wood pellets from Quebec.
  3. Tailrace

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    Oh yeah....I shut ours down all day Friday, yesterday, and today. I turn it on at night right before I go to bed. It's still off now, but before I go to bed I'll fire it up.....supposed to get into the 20's here tonight. I love the warm weather too, but we just got a couple of snowmobiles and we're ready for some snow :cheese:
  4. save$

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    Also shut mine down, but didn't waste the opportunity to do a good cleaning! Funny how it grunts and groans for a few hours after I start it back up, but then smooths right out.
  5. Lorne41

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    I'm glad to see I'm not alone in shutting down my stove... It was colder here in Central Maine in Nov. than it has been in Jan. so far, not a bad thing! Like Save$ I took advantage of the down time to thoroughly clean my stove out out today and it's running good. Right now I have it at it's lowest setting and leaned out as much as I can get it without it going out and it's still 76 degrees inside my house! Weird weather too, it's 34 degrees outside now and we have about an inch of snow on the ground that came down in the last few hours....
    I've been burning Green Team from Lowes and they have good heat and not much ash. Some forum members have said they've got dust and fines in their bags of Green team but I have found any, it's a good quality pellet.
  6. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    I didn't have too, Mine shut itself down. Nice feature when you use a stat. It will start itself back up too. When its cold enough. Diffently a more stable temp with stat usauge. That was the thing I hated about the woodstove, Never liked it that hot or cold either. Biggest reason I bought the pellet stove was to have a stable house temp.
  7. Xena

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    Shut her down for three days due to warmer than
    normal outside temps. Gave me a chance to clean it.
    Gonna kick it back on tonight.
  8. krooser

    krooser Minister of Fire

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    I keep running it and open a window... like my Dad did when we heated with coal forced air...
  9. Lorne41

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    Don't let Al Gore find out about that, he'll blame you for Global Warming ! LOL
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    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    Don't let Al Gore find out about that, he'll blame you for Gorebull Warming ! LOL


    There I fixed it for you.
  11. Lorne41

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    Yep, mines off again this morning, temps outside are sunny and in the low 30's, that's a heat wave for us in Maine! It's still 75 inside the house.
    I gave mine a good cleaning yesterday and ran a bag of Maines Choice ( 2 moose in chair on bag) and it was sooty with a lot of ash from overnight. I don't think I'll burn much more of those.
  12. Lorne41

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    I hear you about the thermostat, I'm thinking about installing one. I'm hoping the weather will continue like this, it's gonna' reduce my pellet consumption by 30%!
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    I like that one! Hope he doesn't look at this website... LOL.
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    Shut down for two days. "Back on line" now. Snow here Fri-Sat at the end of the week.
  15. imacman

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    lorne41, I'm curious.....can you explain what you mean by "Lowest settings (leaned out......)"? What is the stove set at on heat & blower, and what are the lower buttons set at?
  16. Lorne41

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    Evening Macman, I have an '08 Englander 25-PDVC that's set at the factory settings in heat range D. I usually operate it at 5-4-1.
    LFF-5, LBA-4, and AOT-1. Depending on the pellets that I'm burning, I adj. the LFF and LBA up and down to get the best burn. I usually go 18-22 hours on a bag of pellets. The stove keeps my house really warm ( hot ) and I don't have any complaints there. Lately because it's been so unseasonably warm, I've had to cut the feed rate and blower speeds back as far as I can get them to go without the fire going out, that's what I meant by leaning it out. Normally I run the feed rate on 2-3 and blower on 3-4 on cold days. I've never had to run it over 5 and 5 even on the coldest nights. The last few days I've run the stove feed rate on 1 and the blower speed on 2 and cut the LFF back to 3 and the LBA to 4
    ( works best there at low feed rates). My stove doesn't run well at those settings and sometimes the fire dies down and almost goes out before the next pellets are fed by the auger. I think I'm gonna' have to do what GIO did on his and pull both augers and smooth the castings on them and the auger tubes, that should take care of the problem. My stove has always had erratic feeding problems on low settings and I think that may be the cause. On the higher ( normal) settings it works OK with no feed problems, it's only on the low setting that I have the erratic feed problems. My house is well insulated and it holds heat well, so on the warm days I've been shutting the stove off because it's over 80 degrees inside and 30-40 outside. That was the purpose of my original posting to see if anyone else was getting the the same results and shutting their stoves down. No sense in burning pellets when we don't have to. It's hard to believe that we got those warm temps in Jan. It all changed today and it's now back in the 20 with a stiff breeze and my stove is pumping out the heat! ----lorne.
    P.S. I should have said in my original posting that I shut my stove down because of the temps outside were so warm that iIdidn't have to run my stove...
  17. imacman

    imacman Guest

    OK, got it.
  18. Lorne41

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    I caught your post with 86Toy regarding the Englander 25 EP, I think I 'm gonna' check that one out for the future. I like the single auger and drop tube aspect, it looks more efficient and ease of cleaning looks better. My 25 PDVC isn't all that easy to clean if you do a thorough job and you can't get away without getting covered in soot.

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