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Pellet stove problem

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by MitchFromPEI, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. MitchFromPEI

    MitchFromPEI New Member

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    Hello,

    At the end of last year I cleaned my drolet eco-35 pellet stove. The flu, filters. Re-sealed fan access hatch with high temp silicone. Vacuumed it all out and replaced the rope door seals. Before I did that, the stove burnt REALLY hot. If I had it on high for more than a few hours it would over heat. Even on lower settings is was too hot to touch. Now with the stove on high for a full day, it never seems to get very hot. I can put my hands on the top and sides and it's only warm. The air coming out feels nice and warm. But it's not heating the house living room/kitchen space like it used too. Was the stove just running too hot before and this is how they're suppose to be?

    using eastern embers pellets same as last year.

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  2. Harvey Schneider

    Harvey Schneider Minister of Fire

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    Pellet stoves heat mostly by convection. If the air is coming. Out hot, I suspect that the stove is doing what it is supposed to.
  3. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    Did you by any chance change any feed or damper settings when you were cleaning . Folks have been known to have unintentionally done such things when cleaning.
  4. smwilliamson

    smwilliamson Minister of Fire

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    Have you ever removed the interior left side panel of the firebox? Common place for ash to cake in and cause the stove to overheat. One or both of yer conve rion fans may be kaput roo.
  5. MitchFromPEI

    MitchFromPEI New Member

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    The problem now is it doesn't seem to be heating the house very well anymore. adjusting the damper doesn't do a whole lot. I don't have a fresh air intake on my setup.
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    MitchFromPEI New Member

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    Im now starting to think maybe it's a feed problem. I have it on the highest setting and it doesn't seem to be dropping pellets fast enough to maintain a tall fire. How full should the pot get with the settings on max?
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    MitchFromPEI New Member

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    Example the fire will be nice hot and tall, then it will die down to barely above the pot, then back up again. etc etc
  8. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    Just for giggles here are a couple of things to try.

    Disconnect the auger motor and see if the auger turns freely if it does reconnect the motor and hot wire the auger motor be certain the auger motor is disconnected from the stove's wiring and that you don't electrocute yourself in the process. Then you can see if the motor/auger combination delivers a consistent pellet feed (you are not burning for this just making sure the auger motor can reliably turn the auger) do not run this setup for more than a minute or two (most auger motors are not rated for continuous running).

    If you get a nice consistent feed, then put things back to the way they were and look for a problem in the stoves vacuum safety system, this includes gaskets and hopper lids. If you have the timing information for your stove you can also verify the the feed times.

    Report back what you find.
  9. MitchFromPEI

    MitchFromPEI New Member

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    Hello, I sent a PM. But I will post here for others as well. When my stove is in start up mode. The auger runs constant and there is a great feed of pellets. As soon as the high limit is met, the auger runs intermittently. That is when it seems the pellet feed slows down drastically.

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