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having a stir rod better for pellets?

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by huntingbuck101, Jul 23, 2008.

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  1. huntingbuck101

    huntingbuck101 New Member

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    I see some pellet stoves out there have a stir rod in the burn pot and some don't. One dealer will tell me for pellets you don't want it and the next will say you need it. who should I believe and why.

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  2. stoveguy2esw

    stoveguy2esw Minister of Fire

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    usually "stir rods" are found in stoves with "multifuel" capability. pellets generally burn to a lighter ash which clears the pot fairly readily, while corn tends to clump and cook into little "rice cake" textured clumps unless stirred to break them up. the stir rod also serves the purpose of helping to "crack" corn open so that it will burn more readily, this happens when the kernals are contacted by the rod while it is hot the corn almost pops allowing the fire to get at the inner portion of the corn kernal. most stoves designed for strictly pellet burning will not have a stir rod. some multi's burn better with the rod in and running others may not. one thing though , with pellets and a stir rod , while the pot may stay cleaner , the amount of "fly ash" will increase meaning shorter durations between cleaning the back areas and the flue system as this ash will carry further through the exhaust channels.
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