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Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by skibladerj, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. skibladerj

    skibladerj Member

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    Hello everyone at Hearth,

    I found this site not to long ago and just had to join! I purchased a home last July that had a King (US Stove Co.) 5500M. What a learning process, I use to be a coal guy. Prior to finding this site I added a OAK, fine tuned the feed rate, added a t-stat, and also the vent speed. Oh an a made a inclined sifter of removing excess fines.

    So far I have put a little under 5 tons of lignetics(green label) into her. I also started to try several different bands over the season;
    Bags Brand
    3 Power house
    2 Pa pellet
    2 Green supreme
    2 Cheat river
    maybe one more brand that escapes me at the moment.

    I don't know what the member base on my model of stove is but I have some projects planed that may be of interest. But for now I just wanted tot say, Hello.

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  2. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    Welcome aboard, I think there are a few members with the 5500M hangin out here. Some of us are going to ask for pic's of your beauty. Post some if you can.
  3. mralias

    mralias Minister of Fire

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    Welcome! Yes PICS are always welcome here. We love to envy others handy work.>>
  4. doingitonadime

    doingitonadime New Member

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    welcome skibladerj
  5. Shaw520

    Shaw520 Feeling the Heat

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    The 5500M may very well be my next stove.
  6. skibladerj

    skibladerj Member

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    ill take some pics when i get home. I dont mind the stove, but i think its pretty basic. I am a tinker kinda a guy you will be hearing from me.
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  7. skibladerj

    skibladerj Member

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    Here is my setup. Hope you don't mind but I did not clean up before the picture. On the left is my pellet screener that is also hooked up to the shop vac for fine dust control. My OAK is on the left which is currently 3" flex pipe ( it was early winter when I installed that). It needs to be touched up this spring/ summer. Next is my pellet stove! Have any questions just ask!


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  8. DexterDay

    DexterDay Guest

    Welcome to the Forum
  9. Shaw520

    Shaw520 Feeling the Heat

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    no worries,.. looks good,.. and all the main ingredients are there,... good job!

    ...now enjoy the warmth,... without paying big oil co
  10. smoke show

    smoke show Guest

    welcome aboard.
  11. Xena

    Xena Minister of Fire

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    Welcome to the forum. Basic or not, any pellet stove that keeps
    ya warm is a good one in my book. ;)
  12. Brewer

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    Welcome!
    Surge protector?
  13. skibladerj

    skibladerj Member

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    What do you mean surge protector?
  14. mralias

    mralias Minister of Fire

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    Suggested you get one if you don't have one so the stove don't go kaput when you least expect it.
  15. Shaw520

    Shaw520 Feeling the Heat

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    It will protect the computer board on your stove in the event of a lightning strike or power surge.
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  17. skibladerj

    skibladerj Member

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    Ahh good idea. I have one ill throw on it. Thanks!
  18. Shaw520

    Shaw520 Feeling the Heat

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    So,.. how do you like the 5500 so far,.. some complaints that Ive heard are that the convection fan is very loud,.. but can be adjusted lower,... and that the igniter's dont last. I know its hard because because youve had nothing to compare it too.
  19. skibladerj

    skibladerj Member

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    Personally I think the stove is okay. The manual is terrible and leaves much to be desired. The only other stove i have experience with is a p61. Its my father-in-laws, I feel as tho the fans are comparable in volume. I plan to get a backup ignitor but mine seems fine for now. The stove was new last year from the pervious home owner, I have put about 5 tons in to the stove, cleaning normally every 3 days with a full shut down. I believe that is why the ignitors go, frequent cleanings and restarts. Im a scientist by profession so i plan on disecting this stove in the off season.
  20. Lake Girl

    Lake Girl Minister of Fire

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    How big is the space your heating?

    Is your stove a basement dweller? I'm sure you'll hear more about "the club" if it does;)
  21. skibladerj

    skibladerj Member

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    Yes sir im a basement dwelle.
  22. marinecorpsvet

    marinecorpsvet New Member

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    Been running the 5500m for 2 years, about the same no complaints, had a blower motor go out the first year, company sent one fast, great service. Had to adjust the pellet rate on setting 1, it was bulking up in the pot, runs fine now. On 1, keeps my hootch at about 73 degrees, no matter what it is outside. Clean about every 4 days, havent had any problems with the ignitors...yet. I run Kentucky Kernal in mine, $200 a ton, not much dust in them.
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  23. Shaw520

    Shaw520 Feeling the Heat

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    thank you,... ;)
  24. skibladerj

    skibladerj Member

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    Shaw520 I tried to video my stove to get the blower sound for you. Even with my boom mic it doesnt sound to loud. I have one more idea to pick it up then ill post for you to hear.
  25. ivanhoe

    ivanhoe Feeling the Heat

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    welcome aboard and don't be afraid to share your BEER! we love BEER just as much as our stoves. did someone mention BEER? psst, it won't be long now the BEER DRINKER'S will chime in, hehe!!!!!

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