Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by Don2222, Nov 9, 2012.
I'm ready for breakdowns brah!
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CT, is that French liquid fuel for backup for the car to get parts or to light the stove when the ignitor fails
Let me put this in perspective for you and others who come along.
When heating with any device you are going to have annual costs other than just fuel. Most folks do not do their own service on these devices for a number of reasons. If you have someone else do the work you are looking at $$$ and if you have a service contract you are paying $$$$ for that as well.
You are going to pay anyway and if you have the few parts that are likely to fail along with a few consumables you can do it yourself and not have to wait for someone else to fit it in their schedule or even worse finding out it will take two weeks to get a part.
Now if it would cost you say $1974 in fuel oil and $985 in pellets, and you can replace all of the most likely to fail parts (those with motors attached) for under $300 if you shop wisely. I'd consider that cheap insurance. Incidentally the fuel oil and pellet figures are for my situation based upon actual local prices of both at the start of this heating season.
When things with motors give out you can usually just replace the bearings and put the old one on the shelf as a spare.
Control boards can be expensive but even there you can help ensure that they live a long and useful life by using a quality surge protector.
Your choice, but in any case maintenance cost need to be factored in for all systems.
Understand. I have a couple of Ducati superbike that I track I have so many spare parts I can build a complete bike from it. I guest now that I'm getting into pellet stove just 2 weeks I've already have a few spares handy.
Just pull out the auger and clean the tube and the auger with a wire wheel on your drill or dremel tool. It works great! Then spray down the inside of the tube and auger with "Dry Moly spray" that makes it real slick so pellets will not stick as easily!
I did it to a Harman Advanced recently and now the auger turns like going thru butter!
See pics > > http://www.hearth.com/talk/threads/...on-a-harman-pellet-stove.100068/#post-1279073
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