Rookie mistake- didn't check vent screen

newf lover Posted By newf lover, Mar 19, 2013 at 2:30 PM

  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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  2. mepellet

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

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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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  13. newf lover

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

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

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