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What do you do when you look in the hopper

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by glenc0322, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. gymrat0663

    gymrat0663 Member

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    I'm a leveler too, but the funniest thing is, the wife is now hooked on leveling the pellets in the hopper. Maybe that's why its warmer in my house now......;)

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  2. mepellet

    mepellet Minister of Fire

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    At Yuh! Same here!
  3. VTrider

    VTrider Member

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    This is interesting...I was cracking a joke earlier, but in all honesty I can't walk by my stove without opening the hopper and checking the level. I'll either level the pellets w/my hand, top it off (then level it!), or as was mentioned earlier - if it's real low (and can't top it off at the moment), mound it up right over the auger intake - lol - is human nature that predictable? Pfft, witchcraft I say!
  4. john193

    john193 Minister of Fire

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    Push the pellets down, pretty much a must with the mt Vernon if you want to fit more than half a bag at a time.
  5. Gary Gileau

    Gary Gileau Member

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    I'm a mounder! I also like to break the long ones. It's like popping bubble wrap. Adicting
  6. Augmister

    Augmister Minister of Fire

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    Constantly move the pellets to the left and mountain over the auger entry way. In loading the hopper to the brim, I have a "loaf pattern" as the pellets are mounded the length of the hopper. Looks just like a crowned roadway of pelletation.....
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  7. Gary Gileau

    Gary Gileau Member

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    I wonder if there are pills for us?
  8. glenc0322

    glenc0322 Minister of Fire

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    Think we all have issues lol but it is fun to move the pellets around
  9. Brokenwing

    Brokenwing Feeling the Heat

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    I level them as well, and then I climb on top of the stove and use my foot to pack the pellets tighter, so I can fit more! Belive that I will tell you another one LOL;)
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  10. CT Pellet

    CT Pellet Minister of Fire

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    Soooooo lame...
    I like to open up the lid and flatten out the pellets nice and smooth, like an artist's canvas. Then, with my index and middle finger, I draw a picture of Al Roker. Then, I turn up the feed rate on high and as the pellets drop, I watch him get skinnier and skinnier. Guys, I live in a really slow town....
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  11. Birdie Golf

    Birdie Golf Guest

    hahaha...i do the same thing
  12. russ79@hotmail.com

    russ79@hotmail.com Member

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    I just open and fill. I guess I'm one of the boring ones.
  13. TheMightyMoe

    TheMightyMoe Minister of Fire

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    Me too.
  14. Tom 4 Ton

    Tom 4 Ton New Member

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    good to know the veteran burners do the mountain thing too. i can't wait to open the hopper door to see how hard she's worked all day.
  15. tbear853

    tbear853 New Member

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    I add pellets and iff I add to many, I stab my fingers into them to compress them until the top will close tight.
  16. DexterDay

    DexterDay Guest

    All of the above. :)
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  17. Jason Knapp

    Jason Knapp Member

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    I fall into all of these categories! I fill and level, run my fingers through them, make a big pellet mound directly over the auger and SMILE!!!! I'm glad I'm no the only one!!!!!
  18. glenc0322

    glenc0322 Minister of Fire

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    Funny stuff
  19. Xena

    Xena Minister of Fire

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    Hahaha, laughing so hard I nearly peed! If some of you aren't kidding well you might try just dumping in a bag, closing the lid, and walking away.
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  20. CladMaster

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    What do you do when you look in the hopper ?

    Cuss and curse and wish winter was over ! :p
  21. PoolGuyinCT

    PoolGuyinCT Feeling the Heat

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    I whisper words of encouragement and thank each individual pellet by name.
  22. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    Xena, Are you sure you don't touch em? Come on fess up! ==c

    poolguyinct made me think of a beatle's tune. Maybe I'll sing it to mine later today! :p
  23. Snowy Rivers

    Snowy Rivers Minister of Fire

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    Not sure about all this hopper OCD thing :eek:
    We burn hazelnut shells and most hoppers do not let this stuff slide/roll/fall down well, and the center of the load falls into to auger, but the outer sides tend to hang up.
    We fill the hopper and heap it up in the center as far as the lid will allow.

    No big deal, just something that has to be done is all. No OCD or getting anal at all.


    Twice a day thing.

    Snowy
  24. briansol

    briansol Minister of Fire

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    i'm a mountain former too.
  25. Steve76

    Steve76 New Member

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    I'm not sure what I do.

    I'll go and open the hopper to find out. If I do anything stranger than you guys, I'll let you know.....
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