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

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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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    That's why I took my vent screen off. Don't have a need for it.
     
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    can you describe a floppy flame for me.....
     
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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.
     
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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.
     
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    One that just isn't hot enough !!!
     
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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
     
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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:
     
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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.
     
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    That vent will get you every time ;)
     
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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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    Other than a jammed auger, the clogged screen is the second most frequent call we get.

    Eric
     
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    That is how paranoid I am of creatures, or insects getting into my stove and into my house!
     
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    4" vent up the chimney and no screen in the cap to get clogged.
     
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