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Rookie mistake- didn't check vent screen

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by newf lover, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. newf lover

    newf lover Minister of Fire

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    I did a quick clean of my stove this weekend; I get lazy at the end of the year. Anyway,in the 2 days since the cleaning, the glass was already half black, brick was blackened and it had a floppy flame, etc. Decided to do a thorough cleaning. Once done with the stove itself, went out to the vent and the screen was plugged with ash. Duh, should have checked that first. I think what happened is I tried another pellet last week, my Turman's got jealous and got back at me by plugging up the screen. I can't think of any other reason because this rarely happens.
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  2. mepellet

    mepellet Minister of Fire

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    That's why I took my vent screen off. Don't have a need for it.
  3. ironpony

    ironpony Minister of Fire

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    can you describe a floppy flame for me.....
  4. newf lover

    newf lover Minister of Fire

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    I'm afraid some creature would make it's way into the stove. Did you ever see the thread where someone found a squirrel stuck inside their stove? It was disgusting. I know it's unlikely, but I'd rather not deal with that.
  5. newf lover

    newf lover Minister of Fire

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    Orange, with the tips of the flame repeatedly bending forward and touching the glass, instead of a more whitish flame that is straight up and down.
  6. heat seeker

    heat seeker Minister of Fire

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    One that just isn't hot enough !!!
  7. glenc0322

    glenc0322 Minister of Fire

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    had a bird fly down the chimney in the summer I ended up adding a screen to my pipe. It was stuck in the exhaust fan so the stove would not start had to take apart the fan to get all the feathers out
  8. Lake Girl

    Lake Girl Minister of Fire

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    Glad I have a screen on mine as I don't think I'd want to deal with squirrels, chipmunks, mice or moles finding their way in:eek:
  9. mepellet

    mepellet Minister of Fire

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    Nothing is gonna find its way in during the winter when the stove is running most of the time. And during the summer, I put a pipe cap on the end of the vent to seal it up. Nothing is gonna get in then.

    I guess everyone's setup is different.
  10. DexterDay

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    That vent will get you every time ;)
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  11. smwilliamson

    smwilliamson Minister of Fire

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    remember when I was there trying to start it and there was a plastic bag taped to the outside?.....rookie mistakes abound!
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  12. kinsmanstoves

    kinsmanstoves Minister of Fire

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    Other than a jammed auger, the clogged screen is the second most frequent call we get.

    Eric
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  13. newf lover

    newf lover Minister of Fire

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    That is how paranoid I am of creatures, or insects getting into my stove and into my house!
  14. Xena

    Xena Minister of Fire

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    4" vent up the chimney and no screen in the cap to get clogged.

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