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TP 300 Not burning correctly, Newbie needs some help

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by baronvonsengir, Jan 23, 2008.

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  1. baronvonsengir

    baronvonsengir New Member

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    I recently purchased (used) a Lennox Traditions T300P-2 free standing pellet stove. For the first few weeks, seemed to work like a charm. Now, however, I cannot seem to keep it running for more than 3-4 hours without the pellets piling up and the flame going out. I've done my research, and understand that the heat transfers need to be cleaned, and the burn grate emptied from time to time, so I have probably kept this about as clean as can be. Damper is ALL the way open, and still the pellets just pile up. The flame starts out nice, lively and clean, but doesn't stay that way for too long. Does this sound like too little combustion air issue? If so, should I attempt to adjust the combustion air trim higher? Any thoughts would help. Thanks.

    The Baron

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    This stove has a photo eye which is used to view the fire. It sends pellet feed demand signals to the control board. When the photo eye gets dirty from stove use the eye does not see the flame and can cause the stove to go into fault mode

    The photo eye needs to be cleaned. Easiest way to do this is to purchase a can of compressed air (used to clean a computer key board). Open the door, point the air up the pellet feed tube and give it 4-5 good puffs. This should clean the protective filter over the photo eye. You can get to the eye via the hopper for a more detailed cleaning but this method is the easiest way for a quick fix. The Traditions Pellet stove burns best with the damper all the way open.
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    baronvonsengir New Member

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    Thanks Macey, damper is all the way open, and the pellet feed trim is all the way down. I guess the main problem is that it seems the pellets do not burn fast enough, and after 3-4 hours they accumulate in the burn grate, then spill over into the firebox. Of course when they pile up, they block the airflow, which causes the flame to get real lazy, and the accumulated pellets on top actually smother the flame.
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    Then you have a combustion problem
    Air Leak
    Flue plugged
    Blower bad
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    baronvonsengir New Member

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    Air leak would come from where? The manual said to check the gasket on the door, run a business card through it. I should feel some resistance, but still able to pull the card out (check!). If the blower is bad, is that something I would, if I were somewhat handy and had the inclination, be able to do myself?
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    Check the ash pan
    is it latched

    Is the burn pot in correctly

    There is a lot of things it could be
    Check the clean out ports for blockage
    and make sure they are put back in place.

    That stove used the same GUTS as the profile 20
    so you might want to search some post about the profile 20

    Allso read through all the post with the YELLOW stickies at the top of the pellet room
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    baronvonsengir New Member

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    Will do. Thanks. Looks like I have one of those issues that will require a little bit of research and elbow grease. Thanks for the help!
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    Firestarter,
    Did you get your Lennox Traditions working? This is one of the stoves we're considering, so I"d like to know if you still have it, are happy with it, or did you kick it to the curb? :)
    Bugnut
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    baronvonsengir New Member

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    Still having trouble with it. I have not had a chance to really sink my teeth into it. I bought it used, but it is in excellent condition. I may need to a) replace the front window gasket, b) extend the vent pipe vertically to try to increase the draft. Right now it burns for about two hours and kicks out. Nearing the end of the season, I am not really putting much effort into troubleshooting it yet, don't have the time. It might also be the pellets I am using, I've tried several different brands, with varied success.
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    I just installed Lennox Traditions 5 days ago. So far, so good. On my third bag of pellets. It's very attractive and I'm very happy with it.
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    What color did you get?
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    Black enamel. The store I bought it from has one on display. The owner told me that they've been using it for about years. What part of WV do you live in. The store is about an hour from Morgantown.
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    I live in Virginia, not WV....too far from Morgantown to buy a stove there. :)
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    yea, I saw that after I posted. Sorry!
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