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How can I benchmark my pellet stove?

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by grunyon, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. grunyon

    grunyon Member

    Jan 25, 2013
    Hey guys,

    I got my new 25-PDV and all seems well.

    I was hoping I could get some direction from you guys on how to benchmark the heat coming out of my stove. I think measuring room temp is very inaccurate since there are a lot of outside variables like outside temp and how hot the room was to begin with. Should I use one of those infrared thermometer guns to measure the same spot on the stove? Is there a stove thermometer I can buy? What do you guys do? I'd like to be able to tune and experiment with it.


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  2. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

    Dec 30, 2008
    Northwestern CT.
    Are you benchmarking the stove for tuning purpose? You can just use room temp for that. Warmer room equals more heat from the stove.

    Bench marking pellets and air temp off the heat exchanger has worked for me. Variables are hard to work around or comp for. From what I have seen the variables only effect in small increments. Temps might only flutualte a degree or 2. If it bothers you that much measure the outside temp/humidity and do the next test with as close as you can outside temp/humidity.
  3. briansol

    briansol Minister of Fire

    Jan 18, 2009
    central ct
    IMO, there's only 2 benchmarks that matter.
    - are you warm?
    - at what cost?

    Nothing else really matters to me.
  4. Boondoggie

    Boondoggie New Member

    Nov 29, 2012
    Southern NH
    Well yeah, but heat loss is a factor... It would be nice to know if the room is not heating up because the stove sucks, or because the house sucks.
  5. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

    Nov 10, 2008
    Standish, ME
    Blower door test and thermal imaging will rule the house in or out in terms of suckage.
    mepellet likes this.
  6. imacman

    imacman Guest

    Well, I'll let others help you out w/ the benchmarking stuff. I'm just glad the new stove is running OK.

    You should send Mike H. the serial # of the old one and have him contact you when they get it back and re-furb it.....very curious what was wrong w/ it.
    Thaddius Wenderoth likes this.

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