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Pellet Stove Ash

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by Geezer, Jun 12, 2013.

  1. Geezer

    Geezer New Member

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    Last season I bought a Quadrafire Sante Fe in very early January and burned just shy of three tons which seems like a lot for my 880 sq ft house (Hudson Valley NY.My question is the ash was almost always dark, almost black. Any woodfire ash I ever saw was lighter. Could I be running this too rich?.


























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  2. DAKSY

    DAKSY Patriot Guard Rider Staff Member

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    Black is a definite sign of reduced air in the ATF. Are you sure everything is clean?
  3. joescho

    joescho Feeling the Heat

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    Pellet ash is a little darker than wood ash, but DASKY is right beacuse the hotter your burn, the lighter it seems to be. Sometimes I burn stuff in my wood insert that's a little on the wet side, and its a little darker.
  4. Geezer

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    Dasky, excuse my ignorance, but this was my first season. What does the ATF stand for in regards to pellet stoves?
  5. DAKSY

    DAKSY Patriot Guard Rider Staff Member

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    Sorry. Air-to-Fuel...
  6. Geezer

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    Thanks Dasky! I have much to learn.
  7. DexterDay

    DexterDay Guest

    Yeah. Ash should be pretty light coloured in a Quad.

    Seems you have a Leaky door gasket? Pot drop out hanging to low? Etc..
  8. yooper81

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    The ash that my quad produces from softwood pellets (red pine) is much darker than the that of the hardwood pellet I burn (somerset). Cleaner but definately much darker.... And, I might add, when I burned the softwood my stove would go through a hopper quicker....

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