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What do you use to sift out fines from your pellets?

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by Backstreets75, Feb 20, 2011.

  1. Backstreets75

    Backstreets75 Member

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    What have you built? Did you buy a sifter? Does anyone sell such a device?

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  2. slls

    slls Minister of Fire

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    Bought a large sifter, look close, I enlarged some holes. I like the personal touch, no machine. I then, at the same time break the long ones.
    My stove does not burn a lot of pellets on thermostat.

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  3. ChrisWNY

    ChrisWNY Feeling the Heat

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    I use a colander as well and dump my pellets into a large 50 lb. garbage can, but when all is said and done I end up scooping fines into my furnace when I get down to the bottom of the can, so I'm probably not doing myself any good by trying to sift them out that way. Other guys have rigged up contraptions made of PVC pipe and funnels so that they can drop their pellets into a funnel with a shop vac hooked up to PVC tee/elbow, that seems to be the most effective method of removing fines, but you end up cutting down on how much ash that Shop Vac can hold because the vac becomes filled with fines. I've never had issues just letting the fines drop through into the burn chamber, they coat the inside of the burn chamber which actually seems to help reduce ash build-up on the inside of the box. So, it becomes debatable whether or not a small amount of fines can serve some purpose inside a pellet burner.
  4. hossthehermit

    hossthehermit Minister of Fire

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    I use the patented "Flame-Sifter" method.
  5. Flammam

    Flammam Feeling the Heat

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    What is this sifting you talk about? In my counrty pellets sift you and then burn dust and all...LOL
  6. Don2222

    Don2222 Minister of Fire

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    Hello

    I found some scrap wood and made the "TRH Wood Pellet Fines Sifter"

    It fits right over a metal trash barrel and you just dump a bag in. After the sawdust is sifted into the barrel, the sifter is tilted so the end that the red arrows point are into the pellet bag!!

    Just fine window screen at Home Depot and scrap wood!


    See pic below:

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  7. slls

    slls Minister of Fire

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    Do you shake 40 lbs?
  8. imacman

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    This what I use.

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  9. Kenny1

    Kenny1 Feeling the Heat

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    I use a P61A to sift the fines ;-P
  10. g1mb

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    http://www.hearth.com/econtent/index.php/forums/viewthread/23999/

    Check out the above link to a thread in regard to a homemade pellet vacuum.

    I made one of these and started using it a few weeks ago. It works very well. If I don't vacuum the fines from my pellets my house ends up full of dust in no time. It's either vacuum the pellets, or vacuum the house.
  11. wilburg

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    why would I want to sift fines??? I havent done that yet .. am I doing something wrong?
  12. pelletkrzd

    pelletkrzd New Member

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    no sifting here either and has never been an issue.
  13. hossthehermit

    hossthehermit Minister of Fire

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    Only after I ta.. oh never mind...
  14. rickwa

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    my theory is if you are going to paythat kind of money for pellets you should be able to burn them without further processing. If not change brands. Or if you want to do the work burn corn and make the little extra work pay off.
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    I use to use this now i burn everything

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  16. kinsmanstoves

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    Why? Buy good pellets and you open the bag andf pour them inside the stove. Enough said.

    Eric
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  17. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    Hi Kenny,

    I also use my stove to sift the fines.
  18. dmaclaren

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    I put it all through the PF100. Some go into the auger gear box and I clean it out after a ton or 2.
  19. lbcynya

    lbcynya Feeling the Heat

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    +1 for flame sifter... Stoves are designed (or should be) to accept a small percentage of fines... I use everything I pay for...
  20. burrman

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    open the bag pour it in......
  21. ironpony

    ironpony Minister of Fire

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    I bought a flame sifter from hossthehermit
    haven't had to sift any since

    hoss you should be getting the check soon........
  22. jamesdjs

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    if it burns I pour !
  23. Backstreets75

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    I like it! Dusty house be gone! I'm gonna build me a nice sifting machine!
  24. tgordo49

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    Ditto, why waste the time, they burn just fine as-is in a Harman. Just open & empty that funky little chamber in the back once a year. I never thought of trying to CLEAN 6 tons of pellets, that makes my head hurt to even contemplate.
  25. richkorn

    richkorn Minister of Fire

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    Stove burns the fines just fine!

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