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Sparks out the vent pipe?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Lemms, Oct 26, 2006.

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  1. Lemms

    Lemms New Member

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    OK, we just got out new pellet stove installed, evnted, and burning... We direct vented it out the esterior wall.
    We are having some sparks coming out of the vent pipe. Is that normal/okay?

    Thanks...

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  2. GVA

    GVA Minister of Fire

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    Pretty normal especially at startup.... This is why clearances are important on the discharge height, theres alot of leaves on the ground right now. The sparks should die out more and more after startup though :)
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    What is the flame height? Is this happening when more pellets drop into the burnpot?

    How's she running in general? Are you toasty?
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    Okay GVA...Thanks for the peace of mind....
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    Flame height is about 2-4 inches above the burn pot. I just noticed the sparks at the startup and occassionally throughout the burn process.
    In general she seems to be running fine. Set the thermometer at 70 and am enjoying the heat. The wife still has a blanket on though... :)
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    Sounds like normal operation to me. I'll leave it to the two of you to increase the heat ;-)
  7. hearthtools

    hearthtools Moderator Emeritus

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    Normal
    and one of the reasons we do not directvent pellet stoves
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    Alright guys, thanks for chiming in. I just wanted to verify that the sparks were okay/normal, before we considered the install complete.
    Hearthtools, We are going to see how the direct vent goes this winter, but we may end up running it out the roof next summer, and using the hole in our wall for an outside air kit. I think that we are going to leave it direct vented for this winter though...
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    hearthtools Moderator Emeritus

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    Two things
    If you are Direct venting I would have outside air NOW!
    this will help keep LESS smoke backing into the home when the power goes out.

    "we may end up running it out the roof next summer, and using the hole in our
    wall for an outside air kit"

    Why cant you keep the stove Going out the wall and then go up?
    like some of the photos on our install page
    http://www.hearthtools.com/install/pellet.html
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    No offense, but because I think it looks like crap. Like I said...No offense.
    I just don't like the look of pipe running up the outside of the house. I think
    it looks better with black pipe running through the ceiling inside the house.
    Why do you recommend the outside air kit with direct vent as compared to a
    verticle vent? Is it just the smoke issues in case if we lose power, or are there
    other reasons?
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    hearthtools Moderator Emeritus

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    The smoke back it the the Main reason for out side air and most Manuals have Requirements to put outside air if you direct vent.
    But in smaller print some recomend you DO not directvent for best performance

    As far as pipe out the wall and up
    in most cases it will put the stove 12" closer to the wall and look cleaner by not haveing the pipe showing in the house where you want it to look good.
    I dont live outside or the neibors house looking at my house so I dont have to look at the pipe outside.
    You can paint the pipe on the out side aslo with house paint or build a chase to cover it.
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