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I think theres a bird in my exhaust fan!

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by reallyte, Apr 6, 2013.

  1. reallyte

    reallyte Member

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    Got home, cleaned it and started like usual. Went up stairs changed clothes and when I got back downstairs something was fluttering around in the pipe making racket. I freaked out turned down thermostat and ran to get a ladder to look down my exhaust through the roof. By time I got back I noticed my stove wasn't venting any exhaust.it built up in the stove and was seeping into the room. At this point I'm confused why it didn't vent anything. Took apart all my exhuast pipe and cleanout and checked for a corpse, just a little ashes. Now I'm getting frustrated and cleaned the mess inside the stove from the brown smoke residue. Got everything back together and tried starting, no go. Checked the snap discs n vacuum tube. Removed augur jus in case, nothing. Near the end of this hellish afternoon I noticed after turnng up thermostat, red call light comes on but all I hear is the hum of the motor trying to turn. I I tried spinng it an noticed it is catching on something and getting very hot at the heat sink.

    Long story short, my exhaust fan seem stuck and cannot find any service manuals for my Santa fe. And yes I already rtfm. I read the troubleshooting too. I have a party tomorrow and no heat in our livingroom. Anyone that can help me take apart the box which has the exhaust fan in it would be great. In the meantime my living room smells like smoked bird...

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  2. Lousyweather

    Lousyweather Guest

    dont feel bad, real, we took 5 birds out of an exhaust fan/vent once......all deceased....been in there awhile.....it seems that certainbreeds of brids, due to their size, cant turn around once they are in there.......
  3. glenc0322

    glenc0322 Minister of Fire

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    had the same problem but in my insert had a smell when I started the stove at the beginning of the year and the stove would not fire up did some research and checked the exhaust fan. had to pull it out and found a bird DEAD and stuck in the fan blades had to remove and clean everything. I have a cap on the vent pipe so I went and added a screen so no more dead birds in my pipe. Good luck hope you find the problem
  4. johneh

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  5. reallyte

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    Ah, thanks oversight on my part. Either way I figured it out what it was. Bird had plunged to it's death into the fan. I was able to retrieve it by removing the cleanout T with a friend's help. Pics below, what bird is this? I just added 1/4" hardware netting to my exhaust cap for future protection.

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  6. glenc0322

    glenc0322 Minister of Fire

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    A dead smelly one
  7. billb3

    billb3 Minister of Fire

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    KFC
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    heat seeker Minister of Fire

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    Road Runner?
  9. KodiakII

    KodiakII Feeling the Heat

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    The only good Starling is a DEAD one. I have had 4 or 5 in my t6 this year(none of them fared well) before I made the exodus up on the roof to put some screen on the chimney. I can't believe those damned things were intentionally brought into our countries.
  10. reallyte

    reallyte Member

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    Starling it was! Not kfc lol.
  11. MikeinRI

    MikeinRI New Member

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    Little BBQ sauce you got a few wings for the party.
  12. Lake Girl

    Lake Girl Minister of Fire

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    Glad my Exhaust and OAK came with screens:p Glad you were able to get it out before your party :)
  13. reallyte

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    Yea luckily I was able to retrieve it fairly easily. To say the least, screens went on all exhaust pipes before I did anything else for the party.

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