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Hudson River - West Point/Sarnac Updated Auger Fix Kit - Less Jams?

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by Don2222, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. Don2222

    Don2222 Minister of Fire

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    Hello

    I am working on a Hudson River Sarnac Insert stove with auger jam problems from day 1. My first find was the wave coating on the side of the auger tube.
    See > > http://www.hearth.com/talk/threads/...what-is-this-ragged-stuff.94664/#post-1248152

    When I attempted to take the auger motor off to change the motor, the set screw in the auger collar stripped. It happens! So I though I would try the Auger Fix kit for West Point and Sarnac stoves?

    Now there seems to be quite some differences and maybe for the best?
    The kit contains a new auger, chute, and brass bushing. A cotter pin must be purchased separately. The new chute is round unlike the old square chute with rounded corners.

    So my first thought. Nice to have a cotter pin than a set screw, other stoves are starting to do that too!
    The auger is different also. The shaft seems to be smaller in diameter but the blades are the same.

    The auger motor shaft goes into the base of the auger and must have a hole to accept the cotter pin. No need for a collar with a set screw. I like that.

    The fins at the end to push the pellets down the drop chute have also changed and maybe the older larger fins were causing more jams?

    What do you guys think? Any ideas how the new chute installs into a Sarnac? Does it just lay in there and the old cover goes on top?
    See pic below:
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  2. IHATEPROPANE

    IHATEPROPANE Minister of Fire

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    Knock on wood pellets I have never had an auger jam.
  3. Don2222

    Don2222 Minister of Fire

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    I have not seen one with the West Point either but maybe Smokey can chime in on the Sarnac?
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    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    I never really looked at my stove when I had the auger flight cover off to install a piece of window gasket between it and the end bracket.

    I have had one auger jam (Bear error) and that was when I had a piece of a pellet bag get snagged by the auger while filling the hopper.

    I also had a good auger tunneling episode when the flight got loaded up with fines.
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    Auger flights look different. Do you need to change the RPM's of the auger motor with the new one?
  6. Don2222

    Don2222 Minister of Fire

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    No, the old one is a 1 RPM auger motor so will be the new auger motor. The cotter pin is a much better idea than that tiny set screw. :) The larger spacing should prevent jams!
  7. Don2222

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    Hello

    I just ordered the 1 RPM auger motor for it with the hole in the shaft. Also I just got the install instructions! The instructions say to drill the hole in the auger shaft larger and use longer screws to secure the auger cover after the new auger tube goes in! I sure hope this works!

    SARANAC / WEST POINT AUGER FIX INSTRUCTIONS


    TOOLS NEEDED KIT CONTENTS

    Hammer New auger shaft
    7/16 socket wrench Bushing
    Silicone hi temp Auger housing
    Phillips head screw driver


    PROCEDURE

    Remove cotter pin from shaft. Then proceed to remove auger motor.

    Remove the auger plate and auger shaft. Keep the top bushing in place

    Inside the hopper remove the auger cover.

    Insert the new auger housing tube. Make sure its flush.
    Note: for the WestPoint a groove will have to be ground because of rivet head
    sticking up.

    Slide the new auger shaft in the housing.

    Replace the bottom bushing with the new bushing.

    Reinstall the auger plate.

    Reinstall the auger motor and connect the shaft with cotter pin. (You may to
    Drill the hole slightly larger to insert cotter pin.)

    Put cover back on and seal with hi temp silicone.
    Note: 2 long screws may be needed to secure the auger cover
  8. Don2222

    Don2222 Minister of Fire

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    Hello

    Well the fix kit is now ready to roll!

    I ordered the 1 RPM Saranac Auger Motor with the hole in the shaft. I had to drill the auger base hole in the fix bit out to 9/64" so the saranac cotter pin would fit thru! Also got some longer screws for the auger flight chute top cover and will have to drill the holes in the new auger flight tube on site! Also had to cut the shaft of the old auger motor to remove the auger base plate for reuse!

    Whew what a fix but the Hudson River Saranac will be better than new!

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    Hello

    Well, The Saranac fix kit went in this morning. It is a tight fit but went in fine and longer screws were needed. Also Silicon to seal the original backer plate and original hopper cover back. Before it went in, I coated the auger and new chute with Dry Moly Spray. The moly spray does work better, it is amazing! Care must be taken not to over tighten the auger backing plate. Also it takes time for the silicon to set before use.

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