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Vege Oil and Dust

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by Czech, Nov 25, 2007.

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  1. Czech

    Czech Minister of Fire

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    For the last couple of weeks, I've been pouring a small amount of vege oil in the 5 gallon buckets full of corn/pellet mix that I fill my stove with, at the most using a 1/8 of a cup oil to 5 gallons. Wow does this keep the dust down when pouring into the Castille, haven't needed to dust around the stove for weeks. Does anyone see a problem with doing this stove wise? It's been running fine. I cleaned the corn this weekend so that should help too, just thinking I might really recycle and use the weekend bacon grease for something useful. Thoughts? Thanks....

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  2. JohnnyBravo

    JohnnyBravo New Member

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    good idea, as for the stove, just call it rust protection. my truck has a lot of rust protection
  3. Dougsey

    Dougsey Feeling the Heat

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    Hotz, Please elaborate... do you put oil in the bucket and then add pellets or do you mix it up some how?

    I carry my pellets in from the garage in a 5 gal bucket and anything to help keep the dust down is a good thing.
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    have you noticed the clinkers drop down a bit with the oil?
  5. Czech

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    I haven't noticed any difference in how the stove is operating, just less dust when I pour the 5 gallon bucket into the stove. I basically 3/4 fill a couple 5 gallon buckets with corn pellet mix, then pour in a little vege oil, split a small coffee cup full between the buckets. Then I mix it a bit with a peice of leftover wood flooring plank. I transfered and cleaned the corn last weekend, filled a 28 bushel wood box in the garage. I added some pellets to the top layer, and I did pour some vege oil over the top and mixed it up some. I just keep adding pellets to the top layer as needed, that way when I dip a bucket full I get a pretty good mix. Not rocket science I know, but the stove is pretty forgiving ignition wise as long as the corn is not more than 60-70 percent. Just didn't want to gum up the works with the oil, but I can't believe that little amount would do much. I am a cleaning nut when it comes to the stove too.
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    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Does it smell like French fries outside? :cheese:
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    Hmmm... corn, oil? I would try adding some melted butter and a sprinkle of salt.
  8. Czech

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    It smells like the local chicken fry house, not sure what that means? Chicken, chickens eat corn, corn oil....hummmm. Doug, you may be on to something, pop corn, oil, and some salt? I usually burn the heck out of the micorwave stuff anyway, either way the btu's would be going into the house, no? Least with the stove, I wouldn't need to deal with the smoke from the microwave.
  9. Czech

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    Just saw BB and the french fry comment, I dug 'tators last weekend. Anyone know the btu rating for 'tators? Spose I'd have to dry them a bit. Unlike most, I can't wait until the stove warrenty is up, wow will I have fun then.
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    I have been mixing the left over turkey fryer oil the last couple of years in with corn and pellet mix. It does help in keeping the dust down and the augers lubed, not that they really need it but anyway. Just pour a cup or two over top corn / pellets in the 5 gallon pail and mix it through some. When you you pour it in the hopper it will help keep the dust to minimum.

    Mike
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    Mike, a cup or two? Wow, that's more than I was doing. No problems with that much? Like I said earlier, just didn't want to gunk things up. It has to add a few btu's too? Bacon grease, I want to do bacon grease! Now I bet that would smell great mixed with soft wood pellets and corn for some reason.
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    any concerns of what that does to the inside of the vent pipe? just asking, I'm wondering what the byproduct of the oil is doing to the vent pipe if anything at all. How often would you have to clean the vent pipe after doing this. Would there be any concerns of fire coming back up the chute into the hopper? I don't know thats why I'm asking. I'm almost a week new at these pellet stoves.
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    I also use a large muk bucket to mix my corn / pellets in so one to two cups goes a little furhter. As for burning the oil and plugging the vents, I am sure it all burns you see any difference in the flame or ash content from the oil. Pellets mixed with the corn sure helps in keeping the clinker to a minimum and a much finer lighter colored ash that tends to drop through into the ash pan better.

    Mike
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