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
    Expand Collapse
    Feeling the Heat

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2013
    Messages:
    331
    Likes Received:
    70
    Loc:
    Binghamton, ny
    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...
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature

    Helpful Sponsor Ads!





  2. Lousyweather

    Lousyweather
    Expand Collapse
    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
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2011
    Messages:
    605
    Likes Received:
    86
    Loc:
    long Island NY
    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
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  4. johneh

    johneh
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2009
    Messages:
    857
    Likes Received:
    334
    Loc:
    Eastern Ontario
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  5. reallyte

    reallyte
    Expand Collapse
    Feeling the Heat

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2013
    Messages:
    331
    Likes Received:
    70
    Loc:
    Binghamton, ny
    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.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  6. glenc0322

    glenc0322
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2011
    Messages:
    605
    Likes Received:
    86
    Loc:
    long Island NY
    A dead smelly one
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  7. billb3

    billb3
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2007
    Messages:
    4,306
    Likes Received:
    598
    Loc:
    SE Mass
    KFC
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  8. heat seeker

    heat seeker
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2011
    Messages:
    2,579
    Likes Received:
    381
    Loc:
    Northern CT
    Road Runner?
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  9. KodiakII

    KodiakII
    Expand Collapse
    Feeling the Heat

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2011
    Messages:
    492
    Likes Received:
    99
    Loc:
    Eastern Ontario
    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.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  10. reallyte

    reallyte
    Expand Collapse
    Feeling the Heat

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2013
    Messages:
    331
    Likes Received:
    70
    Loc:
    Binghamton, ny
    Starling it was! Not kfc lol.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  11. MikeinRI

    MikeinRI
    Expand Collapse
    Member

    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2013
    Messages:
    94
    Likes Received:
    26
    Loc:
    West Greenwich RI
    Little BBQ sauce you got a few wings for the party.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  12. Lake Girl

    Lake Girl
    Expand Collapse
    Moderator
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2011
    Messages:
    4,833
    Likes Received:
    999
    Loc:
    NW Ontario
    Glad my Exhaust and OAK came with screens:p Glad you were able to get it out before your party :)
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  13. reallyte

    reallyte
    Expand Collapse
    Feeling the Heat

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2013
    Messages:
    331
    Likes Received:
    70
    Loc:
    Binghamton, ny
    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.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature

Share This Page