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Homemade Pellet Vac **MOD**

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by Shortstuff, Nov 13, 2008.

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  1. Shortstuff

    Shortstuff Feeling the Heat

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    Some of us have made and are using that $20.00 pellet vac that I posted some time ago (see the post here) and so far it's been working just great for me with a little exception that we had also discussed and that is that you cannot feed the pellets into this pellet vac too quickly or it will clog and stop.

    Here is my fix and it works great!:

    I got to thinking that it clogs because the flow of pellets cannot "breathe" so I took a short length of 1/2" copper pipe (you can use any material) and as you can see in the picture below, I have it taped inside my feed cup with the bottom end just about 1-1/2" down inside and centered in the 2" pvc pipe opening. The bottom moves freely as the pellets pass by the end of the pipe.

    Now I can feed the pellets as fast as I can fill the feed cup and the pellets flow freely. This has cut my pellet vacuuming time about in half. For those who made this pellet vac, give it a try and post your results.

    Happy heating!

    Steve

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  2. hossthehermit

    hossthehermit Minister of Fire

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    Kinda looks like a toilet eating a plunger, don't it?
  3. trogers

    trogers New Member

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    Nice. What did you use for a pole?
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    sinnian Minister of Fire

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    LOL

    I am so glad MY augers need the fines!
  5. sydney1963

    sydney1963 New Member

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    Hi, I made that same vac and it works great. Luckily I've only had a couple of really dusty bags. Must have been from a different lot of pellets. I have 3 ton of Pennington's and the light colored ones have lots of fines and the darker ones have almost none. Hoping I got mostly dark ones.
  6. woodsman23

    woodsman23 Minister of Fire

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    If i ever have to vacuum my pellets then i will stop burning them. There is no way in hell i'm doing that!!!
    My stove eats fines for breakfast and spits out small ash....
  7. sydney1963

    sydney1963 New Member

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    heehee that's funny,
  8. hossthehermit

    hossthehermit Minister of Fire

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    Kinda the way I feel about it., My Rev don't even spit out any ash, just digests it all. No smoke, no sparks. Like they say, "If ya want it done right, gotta do it yourownself". (Well, maybe a LITTLE ASH).
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