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Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by jezbo33, Feb 28, 2008.
Anyone heard of these? or have an idea on how to make one.
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Do a search here. There are several threads about cleaning pellets.
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I saw an ad on this site for a corn vac, I went to the website and it looks like a good value for the money. If anyone has bought or used one of these please post some info.
I don't know if anyone on here has any experience with the corn vac but I know I've seen it mentioned over on iburncorn.com. Expensive little sucker though....LOL
I was going to look for wire cloth today to make a bucket type pellet sifter, but after checking out this thread and the other I'm not sure its worthwhile for my top fed Quad CB1200i.
I like the idea of slicing open the bottom of the bag while it sits on top of the stove to load pellets, can't wait to try that one!
I wanted to sift primarily to cut down on the dust in the room the stove is at plus I figured it would prolong the auger motor life by not having fines gum up the works over time. Now I'm not sure this is happening in my top fed Quad.
Don't get too excited about the bottom of the bag thing. While it was one of the few original ideas I ever had with this stuff it isn't going to do much about the foreign object removal. It does make it all go smoother for some reason and keep the dust down and the pellets seem to slide out nicely. I think I started doing it long ( a few weeks ago I swear) because I use the bags to recycle all the nastyass plastic bags and loose plastic food containers back to Hannifords Supermarket so they can recycle them into store bags. Once you start gathering up the junk you won't believe how much of that useless plastic they thrust on us, Probably one full pellet bag worth every week may be 8 lbs or so. Cutting the bottom makes em easier to stuff the odd shaped loose stuff down in easy. Strange how one problems solution often solves something else....................
Do Hannafords take them in their plastic container at the store? I didnt know they would take them....hmm.
That is what I have been doing for the past 4 years. I use the pellet bags to stuff the small stuff like store bags and any sort of flexible or fairly flexible plastic. I usually drop off about a pellet bag a weekor a 100 lb corn sack every 2. You can really get in thee and stuff it in then put your foot on when its full and just stomp it down for a fairly compacted result. The guy at the Hannaford bottle return once told me that any of the softer types was fine, that they all got processed together. None of them has questioned me about anything I put in there in the 12 or so years I have been doing it. My method usually involves just setting it on the counter and leaving since they don't ever seem to have anyone working there any more. Thats a good time to ditch all the cans and soda bottles at the same time.
I always get a kick out of the super greenies who want to do all the silly little things for recycling like not using disposable razors. They miss the point completely. When you see all the useless plastic that we get shoved on us you would be sick. There is only 3 of us in the household and we crank out about one fully stuffed pellet bag a week which weighs around 8 or so pounds. That is including the one and only one pellet bag as the rest are saved for later use as sacks. All that double and triple bubble wrap packaging and display nonsense must nearly double what is needed. Price Chopper has a bin for bags at our local store too. Ours doesn't have a staffed bottle return counter though so its hard to leave off bags if they won't go into the plywood bins with the small lids they use. .
I've been recycling for years.....but our curbside dont do the bags. So I will take em to Hannaford from now on I recycle alot of stuff.