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pellet feeding

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by dmath, Oct 26, 2008.

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  1. dmath

    dmath New Member

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    Hello! We have a quadra-fire castille pellet stove. New last year & it worked great. Since the first start up of the season this year, we have had some issues. It seems that the pellets aren’t feeding regularly into the stove. We are hearing pellets dropping about every 5 minutes, not continuously, so the fire burns out-5 minutes later, pellets drop again and we’re back to a good fire-for only about 3 minutes and the cycle continues .Any advice?

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  2. GVA

    GVA Minister of Fire

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    partially blocked flue causing hi temp snap switch to cut out, but it's just a guess.
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    Pellet1 New Member

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    Watch carefully and determine if the auger is actually not turning during that time. If it is NOT, then the above suggestion may be right on. If it IS turning, then it must be the pellets getting jammed.
  4. djarseneault

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    overtemp snap disc is a manual reset type on this stove, so if it cut out, it would stay cut out until someone reset it.

    Did you leave pellets in the stove over the summer? May have some swelled pellets or sawdust in the feed system causing a partial blockage.
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    djarseneault Member

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    I have misspoken here. Quad changed the overtemp snap switch sometime in the 2007 production runs back to an auto reset type for snap disc #2. You can tell if yours is the newer type by looking on the auger tube, the newer setup has both #2 and #3 snap discs there, and the older set up will only have #3 on the auger tube and #2 will still be on the fire box body. Number 3 remains as a manual reset.
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